When 62-year-old Peggy Hill reportedly laid a wet one on a police officer, she basically kissed her freedom goodbye.
The Florida woman was arrested for allegedly kissing a cop on the nose Saturday evening and jailed on charges of felony battery of a law enforcement officer.
Authorities were responding to a report of an altercation between Hill and one of her Bradenton neighbors when the smooch reportedly took place.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, obtained by The Smoking Gun, Sgt. Randy Lamb was speaking to Hill when she suddenly leaned in and kissed him on the nose.
“[S]he approached him and kissed him on his nose against his will. He stepped away from her, wiped off the saliva from his nose, attempted to take her into custody and she started to struggle with him,” an assisting officer wrote in the report.
Deputies noted that Hill later allegedly admitted to drinking about three glasses of wine prior to the debacle, the Sun-Sentinel reports. …
Can you get arrested for kissing a cop on the nose? Apparently, you can. This is exactly what happened to 62-year-old Peggy Hill of Bradenton, Florida. According to The Huffington Post, police officers were reporting to a call about an altercation between Hill and her neighbor one Saturday night in late June.
Hill, who said she had been drinking, then planted a wet one on an officer when he was talking to her.
She was then arrested and jailed on charges of felony battery.
Battery, unlike the popular misconception that’s often depicted in the media, is not just for violent fights in which punches and kicks are liberally thrown. The legal definition of battery is the intentional touching (or application of force) of another person (or anything attached to them, such as their purse, backpack, etc) in a harmful or offensive manner, without their consent. In other words, it’s the offensive touching of another person without their permission.
In this case, the cop who was smooched was obviously touched, without his permission. Apparently, he considered this both unwanted and offensive, despite possibly the affectionate intentions Hill may (or may not) have had.
Why a Felony?
In most cases, battery is a misdemeanor. So in this case, why is a mere peck on someone’s nose (which arguably did not result in any severe physical damage) considered a felony?
There are a couple reasons for this. While battery statutes vary by state, many generally will classify a battery as a felony when it is inflicted on a special victim, such as a child, the elderly, the disabled, or a government official.
A felony battery also occurs if the person charged with a battery had already been convicted of one in the past. Florida’s statute classifies a second battery charge as a third degree felony.
Come on, is this real? At some point every civilization gets too organized and has too many rules. This happens typically right before the said civilization implodes or otherwise collapses. If a woman kissing a cop on the nose seems like a felony reasonably worthy of prison time, you may yourself be ready for implosion.