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Agent: Pacman Jones cuffed 45 minutes before being released

Earlier tonight, the Bengals told us that cornerback Pacman Jones was arrested and released in a case of mistaken identity.  Jones’ agent, Thomas Hunter, has provided more details.

Jones was involved in a minor automobile accident after Sunday’s game between the Buccaneers and the Bengals.  Jones remained at the scene due to the possibility of a pedestrian injury.  When police arrived, Jones identified himself.  Police discovered an outstanding felony warrant for “Adam Jones”.  Before confirming that Adam “Pacman” Jones is the same Adam Jones for whom police were looking, the Pacman version of Adam Jones was handcuffed.

Hunter tells us that Jones told the police they were mistaken, but that the police didn’t accept his explanation.  Jones remained in handcuffs for 45 minutes before being placed in a cruiser and driven from the scene.  Then, two blocks later, the police abruptly acknowledged the error and released him.

Don’t be surprised if Pacman makes a stink over this one, and we think he should.

“It was a stupid thing that deprived him of his liberty and embarrassed him and humiliated him in front of everybody,” Hunter said.  “Everybody saw him being arrested.”

Indeed, photos of Jones in handcuffs and sitting on a sidewalk quickly migrated to the Internet, along with widespread accounts of Jones being arrested.

And before any of you claim that Pacman shouldn’t be upset because he has extensive experience riding in the back of a police car, what would you think if police assumed you were “wanted” and arrested you without first being damn sure they had the right person?

The obligation to get it right becomes even more important when dealing with common names like “Jones”.

So we think Pacman should demand answers on this one.  If it happened to any of us, we sure as heck would.

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  1. oxycode30 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:43 PM

    Florida is 100% correct on this one.

  2. FrankZappa says: Oct 10, 2010 9:43 PM

    Florio is right…the cops in this country are out of control…they gun down an innocent person at least once a week in vegas…we need to stand up before we are all at the mercy of armbanded, jack-booted soldiers enforcing the police state

  3. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2010 9:44 PM

    Cuff him again.

  4. oxycode30 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:45 PM

    Florio is 100% correct on this one.

  5. Citizen Strange says: Oct 10, 2010 9:47 PM

    Adam Jones absolutely has every right to make a stink over this. Seriously.
    But I say … TAKE THE HIGH ROAD. Just let it go and be the bigger man.
    I swear to God you won’t regret it.

  6. laxcoach says: Oct 10, 2010 9:48 PM

    I’m probably going to be in the minority, but I have no problem with this.
    It happens all the time, and it is because they need to be sure NOT TO RELEASE the actual perp.
    Suppose they take his word for it: “yo man it’s not me. It’s a different Adam Jones.” Then, it actually is the guy. Further, he goes off and commits a crime later. The cops are in trouble.
    I say the system worked. They released him within 45 minutes. If this was 20 or 30 years ago, it may have taken a day. But computers certainly helped speed this up.
    I would certainly cry foul if there was some targetting to humiliate Pacman specifically, or there was a racial component.
    Barring that, the cops did their jobs as outlined by their department. They got it right under an hour. If Pacman were not already notorious for his exploits, no one would have given a flying F after it was over.

  7. PARavensJeff says: Oct 10, 2010 9:48 PM

    Why doesnt PFT have pictures?

  8. Phokus says: Oct 10, 2010 9:51 PM

    It’s kinda weird to think about, but Pacman Jones has never been prosecuted for any of his alleged ‘crimes’.

  9. JCD says: Oct 10, 2010 9:54 PM

    Completely agree with you, Laxcoach.

  10. drumbug71 says: Oct 10, 2010 9:56 PM

    Laxcoach–we can be in the minority together. Unless there are other factors involved, I wonder what other information they needed before going forward with an arrest. The name matched exactly, do policemen need to do DNA analysis at the scene of a crime? Yeah, 45 mins is a long time if you’re innocent, and I would hate to be caught up in a mix up where someone else with my name broke the law and I was arrested for it, but at least we know the policemen are actively looking for the criminals.

  11. jbwbubba says: Oct 10, 2010 9:57 PM

    Brett Favre would like to discuss jumping to conclusions with you.

  12. Facts Domino says: Oct 10, 2010 9:58 PM

    While I hate it for him. If they have a warrant out for someone for that name, obviously the steps the cops take would depend on what those charges were for. If it were a serious crime, I would have no problem with them detaining him until they figure it out.
    I wouldn’t like it if it were me, who were falsely detained, but I could understand.
    With that said, I would look into hiring some cheap hack lawyer to grease a settlement ouf of the city.
    Anyone know of any around here?
    The main point I took from it, is that it seems the NFL’s Adam Jones is finally maturing since it doesn’t seem he pitched a fit or acted out when this issue was being figured out. So good for him.

  13. Zima-Man says: Oct 10, 2010 10:00 PM

    they made a mistake, they apologize and you move on. it does happen from time to time. get over it.
    you want them to check more dilligently because his last name is “Jones”? please give me a break with this logic because it’s not well thought out.
    oh wait a minute I think I made a mistake once…….oops no I am wrong I didn’t

  14. © says: Oct 10, 2010 10:02 PM

    Can hold him for up to an hour at the scene, cuffed if they choose. Consider they shared the same name as long as the profiles were similar they police could take him to the station for further identification.
    The fact they drove away from the scene and then stopped 10 minutes later to let him go means they made a mistake. Any identification that could have been done in that time should have been done at the scene.
    Carry a concealed weapon and have a valid permit for it. I’m usually handcuffed during a traffic stop. It sucks but Police have to worry about their safety and the publics safety before my comfort level.

  15. TerpsFan1972 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:03 PM

    people make mistakes, including police. they are entitled to make them, so long as they acknowledge them.
    if you want to avoid these situations, don’t lose all your credibility by becoming a “person of interest” to the police. law abiding citizens very rarely are arrested.

  16. daddy_lover says: Oct 10, 2010 10:04 PM

    Panman is guilty.

  17. Buck Stallion says: Oct 10, 2010 10:04 PM

    I disagree w/Laxcoach. He waited around for the police. It sounds to me like he would have been willing to wait a little longer to prove he was not wanted, & avoid being cuffed.
    I just stuck up for Pacman and agreed w/Florio! I really need to go to bed!

  18. pat in philly says: Oct 10, 2010 10:05 PM

    is anyone else seeing the irony in this?
    for once, pac man does the RIGHT thing and waits at the scene of an accident, with the possibility of an injury and gets arrested.
    I’d be pissed too. It’s nice to see however that at least he didn’t mouth off to the cops or otherwise cause a scene. Sounds like he did all the right things and he gets the short end of the stick (sorry Rosenthal).
    Didn’t a current or former Bengal say the Cinci cops had a thing for arresting players? Seems like it again.

  19. benh999 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:08 PM

    In other words, police responded to an accident, found someone whose name is on an outstanding warrant, detained him for 45 minutes while verifying he was not the person on the warrant, then released him?
    What is the big deal? That is what is supposed to happen. Should Jones have been considered more trustworthy because he is a known dirtbag?

  20. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Oct 10, 2010 10:09 PM

    @ Laxcoach

  21. gosox2673 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:09 PM

    Umm… are some of you seriously suggesting that matching names are enough to make an arrest. Is it too much to ask the arresting officers to do a simple social security number check?

  22. Visnovsky says: Oct 10, 2010 10:10 PM

    F the police coming straight from the underground.

  23. RedsDouche says: Oct 10, 2010 10:13 PM

    No TerpsFan1972, police should not be making mistakes such as this. This is a very serious situation and could really hurt someone as far as job and such. Especially in Adam Jones’ case considering if he screws up again it’s likely he’s in a lot of trouble with the league. So no, they should not have made a mistake like this.

  24. President Florio says: Oct 10, 2010 10:15 PM

    This is your best post of the 2010 season Florio

  25. RED GRANGE says: Oct 10, 2010 10:19 PM

    I work in law enforcement and the police officers were assuming or being lazy. You dont cuff someone and leave the scene without verifying I.D. Which with computers is very very easy to do. Adam Pacman Jones deserves an apology, and those officer should follow protocol. Just lazy like a lot of “patrol officers”.

  26. stiller43 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:21 PM

    Maybe they were just going with the odds that he likely did something wrong since the last time he was arrested…
    Those are too good to go against…
    But seriously, not sure exactly how it works, but if if there’s an outstanding warrant for “Adam Jones” and this guys license says he’s “Adam Jones,” what are they supposed to do? “…Oh whats that? You’re not THAT Adam Jones? Oh okay, have a nice day sir.”
    With no other information like a picture of the actual perp or a serious age discrepancy that was readily available, what were they going to do? Let a criminal go free?

  27. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 10, 2010 10:21 PM

    Most officers unfortunately are douche bags. They do not think outside the box. One call to his agent would’ve cleared things up but noooooo, they don’t want to hear it.

  28. steamrod says: Oct 10, 2010 10:24 PM

    Why would someone with an outstanding felony warrant wait around at the scene of a traffic accident?

  29. MrHumble says: Oct 10, 2010 10:25 PM

    I feel so sorry for the dude, it’s not like he hasn’t “embarrassed and humiliated himself” many times before. The idiot was a douche bag several times in his life, degrading women, starting fights and even being involved in Vegas where someone got killed and now we’re suppose to chastise the police for being “cautious” for a lousey 45 minutes…..I think you got it all wrong on this one Florio. If it was an average citizen who had never been in trouble before, I could certainly sympathize but not when it involves someone who is very familiar with the back of a police cruiser and has used his past fame and wealth to flaunt his freakin’ nose at the police. As a lawyer you should know that sooner or later the police will usually have the last laugh and with the police in Cinncy, I recommend Pacman just keep his mouth shut.

  30. moolah954 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:27 PM


  31. FinFan68 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:31 PM

    Why are some of you whining about this? The police did the right thing. They detained someone who fits a similar description and has the same name as is on a warrant. They simply detained him until it got sorted out. The procedure is fine and actually worked out better for him since he didn’t get all the way down to the station before they verified he was not the guy they were looking for. The fact that Pacman Jones did nothing wrong and still got arrested is ironic since he has done many things wrong and has never been prosecuted.

  32. FightinTexans says: Oct 10, 2010 10:34 PM

    FrankZappa says: October 10, 2010 9:43 PM
    “Florio is right…the cops in this country are out of control…they gun down an innocent person at least once a week in vegas…we need to stand up before we are all at the mercy of armbanded, jack-booted soldiers enforcing the police state”
    Hey FRANK ZAPPA….you’re an idiot.

  33. PurpleNGold says: Oct 10, 2010 10:38 PM

    Do the police put regulation blinders on when they get a felony warrant confirmation matching first and last names on their computer? Are they trained to ignore basic information like middle name, date of birth, or driver’s license number?
    @ FrankZappa
    Military training encourages identifying the public as the enemy at worst and cattle at best. Hardened soldiers who are well-experienced in urban combat are coming home to work in the civilian police.

  34. vegas691 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:40 PM

    As a cop for 18 years…(with the exception of a murder warrant) if you cant confirm a warrant in 20 minutes with an agreement to extridite you cut them loose.

  35. burntorangehorn says: Oct 10, 2010 10:44 PM

    The only thing more worthless than cops are criminals. Sometimes they’re one and the same.

  36. laxcoach says: Oct 10, 2010 10:44 PM

    “Umm… are some of you seriously suggesting that matching names are enough to make an arrest. Is it too much to ask the arresting officers to do a simple social security number check?”
    I really hate to be in position of defending a mistake, but….
    Is a SSN check a valid way to do this? I mean, is a SSN card something that a) comes with a warrant (I don’t know) and b) is considered secure?
    My SSN card looks ridiculously easy to forge compared to my ID (DL or passport).
    I’m just saying if this was some shmo who went off and raped my daughter after being released by mistake, I would be gunning for bear.
    45 mins is nothing. I personally sat in a Fulton County (Atlanta) jail for 6 hours because someone lied when I was in college. It sucked. But, life happens. 45 minutes in cuffs would have been a blessing compared to that nightmare.

  37. Richierich420 says: Oct 10, 2010 10:45 PM

    Irony – Pacman gets detained for something he didn’t do

  38. laxcoach says: Oct 10, 2010 10:48 PM

    Two more things…
    1) sitting around until the cops come does not equal innocence on other charges. Suppose it was the correct Adam Jones. No one would have noted his license plate or car description? Some people would be inclined to gamble that no check would be run if they did nothing wrong. Running implies guilt.
    2) This shows how much Pacman has grown. I say this as someone who thought he was done. He didn’t run. He didn’t pitch a fit. He waited, and was released. Bravo, Adam. Welcome to adulthood.

  39. jlfiebiger says: Oct 10, 2010 10:59 PM

    Would you not rather have them error on the side of caution and deal with the mishap after versu letting a possible felon go only to hear he later shot somebody that evening………….People are idiots! The law is there to protect people from violent criminals and so are the police, so I appluad them for doing this and admitting their mistake.

  40. if yer not first... says: Oct 10, 2010 11:04 PM

    yeah – you tell ’em Florio
    oh, and by the way, your righteous indignation would ring much truer if you stopped calling the man Pacman and called him just Adam as he has repeatedly asked.

  41. Rothlestool says: Oct 10, 2010 11:07 PM

    Make it Rain baby, Make it Rain. Considering a bouncer is sitting paralyzed in Vegas due to him, he has it coming tenfold.

  42. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 10, 2010 11:09 PM

    It’s not that they detained him for 45 minutes while they verified his identity. It’s that they then put him in the cruiser and drove all of two freaking blocks before letting him out. They knew they had the wrong Adam Jones at the scene, but wanted to humiliate him by looking like they were taking him to jail.
    It’s one thing to verify. It’s another to prolong the situation just because you can.

  43. Zach says: Oct 10, 2010 11:10 PM

    “They detained someone who fits a similar description and has the same name as is on a warrant.They simply detained him until it got sorted out.”
    So he’s black and his name is Adam Jones- so that’s enough evidence? They didn’t detain him, they cuffed him and drove him from the scene- that’s more than detaining.

  44. Thunderbolt says: Oct 10, 2010 11:13 PM

    Meanwhile, the murders of Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde continue to go unsolved…

  45. Floriostoupee says: Oct 10, 2010 11:14 PM

    I gotta say, Florio has stepped in it big time now.
    Lets pretend the wanted “Adam Jones” was a child molester and yours was the child he molested. How would you feel if he was actually caught, then released do to a mix up?
    Yea, I didn’t think so……
    The police get my vote on this case!

  46. Steeler Ed says: Oct 10, 2010 11:19 PM

    I think Pac Man was doing the right thing waiting because of an injured pedestrian. I ain’t sure the old Pacman would have done that. I understand the police stand because you sure wouldn’t want to let a criminal go until you were sure he wasn’t the right guy. Unfortunate situation for Pacman, but if he would take a lesson from Ochocinco and change his name this would never have happened!

  47. Benny Mendenberger-Ward says: Oct 10, 2010 11:20 PM

    He should just keep his trap shut in my opinion.

  48. Deb says: Oct 10, 2010 11:23 PM

    @Phokus …
    I don’t know why this fiction persists that Pacman Jones has never been convicted of anything. Yes, he has. If he hasn’t gone through formal trials, it’s because he has pled guilty and taken deals not because cases were dismissed and he was innocent.
    That said, there’s merit to both arguments in this case. The police can’t just take the word of a convicted felon that he’s not the guy in the warrant and let him go. But they don’t have to leave him sitting handcuffed on a curb for 45 minutes. If there was a question about his identity, they could have immediately taken him to the station and checked his ID and/or fingerprints against those on the warrant and made any further inquiries necessary. I fail to see what was gained by leaving him sitting handcuffed at the accident scene for that length of time.

  49. realitypolice says: Oct 10, 2010 11:29 PM

    jlfiebiger says:
    October 10, 2010 10:59 PM
    Would you not rather have them error on the side of caution and deal with the mishap after versu letting a possible felon go only to hear he later shot somebody that evening…………. People are idiots! The law is there to protect people from violent criminals and so are the police, so I appluad them for doing this and admitting their mistake.
    No- You’re an idiot. Arrest warrants have alot more information on them than just the name of the suspect. The warrant would list last known address, last known employer, associates, aliases, etc…… more than enough info to realize in a hell of a lot less than 45 minutes that the Adam Jones on the warrant was not the Adam Jones who played for the Bengals.
    The idea that they were “letting a possible felon go only to hear he later shot somebody that evening”, is embarrassing. Do you honestly think there is a single cop in Cincinnatti that doesn’t know what Adam “PacMan” Jones of the Bengals looks like?
    Cops aren’t Gods. Quell your idol worship and open your mind.

  50. -Slap- says: Oct 10, 2010 11:33 PM

    Piss on him.

  51. Voyager6 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:35 PM

    Gee, if the Cincy police were so sure, why not go on the field and arrest him in front of 66,000?
    A couple years ago. a Bengal was tazered for not moving his care from an illegal parking zone. He was cut a couple weeks later). He went to court and the city settled for $1 million, I believe. Adam probably has a payday since the city has set a precident in paying for wrongful arrest of Bengal players.

  52. SeaColt213 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:36 PM

    This is funny b/c the exact same thing happened to the Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones at the border on his way to go play the Toronto Blue Jays… Get a clue and just catch the actual perp and you can stop lockin up the wrong A. Jones.

  53. Wizahdry says: Oct 10, 2010 11:54 PM

    Pacman needs to milk this one. What are the chances he would get arrested in error? Gotta admit the cops where kinda playing with good odds he could have been wanted. That said he still deserved better

  54. sportsbruh3 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:54 PM

    Sweet AMERICAN LIBERTY….was never intended for the poor, the brown, the red, and the others. It was only intended for the ELITES.
    Even the unwassed white masses suffer at the hands of Elite encroachment via State Police and political impotency.

  55. John3783 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:58 PM

    It’s easy for you computer nerds to spend God knows how long sharing your worthless little opinion on some forum without actually having gone through the ordeal. To the pitifully laughable argument that “the police were simply doing their jobs, what if they had released the actual perp?!?!@$!# OMG!@!#” Listen very carefully. *COMPETENT* law enforcement can easily check, undoubtedly, whether he was the real perpetrator or not. There are about a half a dozen ways off the top of my mind, but the most simple, and the easiest way to get through to you little Internet nerds – his birthday is obviously on his drivers license. The birthday of the “perp” definitely appeared in the system. It would have taken a millisecond for a competent law enforcement officer to comprehend and deduce such simple information. There is *NO* doubt about the incompetency of the police in this case. What do you expect from some little redneck officers in Kentucky though? It’s not like they have an inkling of real world or big city experience. Of course they would screw something so basic, so easy, so commonly done by regular law enforcement nationwide every minute.

  56. Tjackfan says: Oct 11, 2010 12:25 AM

    That was some garbage that he had to go through. However, while we are on the subject of making wrongs write, stop calling him PACMAN JONES! He made it clear that he wants to be known as ADAM. He is trying to shed his past, and that was the first step. The media needs to start respecting this simple request which ADAM Jones has made.

  57. Diego says: Oct 11, 2010 12:28 AM

    You know something Florio?
    The constant and obnoxious reflection of your opinions in every post usually infuriates me.
    But you really hit a home run on this one.

  58. steelkiller says: Oct 11, 2010 12:29 AM

    The Police were right to cuff him. Until any of you walk a mile in a cops shoes you know nothing. Over 50,000 police are killed every year in the US. And most of those are over traffic calls. The police could have chosen that he lay on his stomach on the ground with his legs crossed and his hands on his head if they wanted to. That is also acceptable. But they chose to Cuff him until they got confirmation. It’s not like they demanded the Bro dance a Jig for them 🙂
    Get over yourselves already.

  59. eaglelover1 says: Oct 11, 2010 1:09 AM

    “It’s not like they demanded the Bro dance a Jig for them :-)”
    Steelkiller have you washed your sheets lately?

  60. mashoaf says: Oct 11, 2010 1:37 AM

    Did they follow procedure by reading him his Miranda Rights and giving him the right to speak with his attorney? Seeing how he is an athlete i would imagine the team has a few lawyers phone number for players to dial right away if anything is to come about.

  61. Maximus says: Oct 11, 2010 3:58 AM

    I find it difficult to feel sorry for the guy. I mean trouble just seems to find him.
    And the Baltimore Orioles CF named Adam Jones was denied entry into Canada to play the Blue Jays this summer because they thought he was the Titans Adam Jones. The O’s Adam Jones has never been in trouble but his namesake gets him in trouble. What a loser Pacman is!
    He’s an embarrassment to the league and should be banished.

  62. anton_chigur says: Oct 11, 2010 5:27 AM

    The chief of police should just apologize and defuse all of this…

  63. brasho says: Oct 11, 2010 6:37 AM

    I got pulled over in AZ a few years ago. I was told I was going to be arrested for not having a breathalyzer ignition device installed in my car.
    My wife told the officer that I had never had a DUI before, he responded, “There’s probably a lot of things your husband hasn’t told you.” Which had a me a tad bit pissed.
    I told my wife not to worry and that she was going to need the car home and I hoped that I would be released (it was a Friday) on the same day instead of spending the entire weekend in jail. I had never had a DUI before and I assumed the officer was making a big mistake, he stated that it said on my registration report that I had an “interlock something-or-other”…
    So I accepted the fact that I was going to jail… and I was also thinking about how I was going to cash in due to somebody’s error (the Phoenix police officer or the VA DMV for putting that on my registration).
    As it turns out, the cop came back to my car and didn’t mention anything about me being arrested or anything. He wrote me a ticket for expired registration and that was it. I guess he called and checked his error and got it figured out.
    Regardless, my wife was more upset than I was… but EVERYBODY makes mistakes. It’s just that when a cop makes a mistake, sometimes the wrong people get arrested and the right ones don’t. It happens.

  64. brasho says: Oct 11, 2010 6:39 AM

    Florio, EVERYBODY makes mistakes. It’s just that when a cop makes a mistake, sometimes the wrong people get arrested and the right ones don’t. It happens.
    Considering how many errors I’ve seen in your writing lately, or the Terry Bradshaw thing, you shouldn’t be holding a writing gig if society was unaccepting of the fact that everybody screws up. Like your hiring of Rosenthal for instance… just kidding. The guy can’t proofread to save his life but it seems the little moron has started to grow on me.

  65. oif3gunner says: Oct 11, 2010 7:24 AM

    Google doesn’t take 45 minutes to get a list of names

  66. PurpleNGold says: Oct 11, 2010 7:29 AM

    As of October 11, according to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website, 123 officers have been killed in the line of duty so far this year. 89 were killed last year.
    The Bro? His name is Adam.

  67. ejtowne says: Oct 11, 2010 7:41 AM

    Who cares about his rep, or whether everyone saw him being handcuffed and arrested, the fact is that we know our Law Enforcement workers are taking the proper steps in handling a possible criminal. They may have gotten it wrong at first, but it was corrected. I’m sure they also apologized.
    My brother-in-law is an officer in Upstate NY. I would rather him be safe and keep my family safe by detaining somebody for 45 minutes on accident than have a criminal re-released to the streets just because they don’t wanna embarass or hurt their feelings.

  68. Bigbluefan says: Oct 11, 2010 7:57 AM

    Do we have any idea what the other Adam Jones was wanted for?
    Murder Rape armed robbery
    If it was any violent crime the cuffs are a given keeps everyone safe and sound.
    I am sure the guy who got shot in Vegas would trade places with him in a heart beat as he will never walk again so 45 minutes in cuffs would be a walk in the park
    Get over it better to hold the wrong thug for 45 min then let him get away
    Our police are undermaned under armed did they beat him no so he was cuffed for 45 mins TFB

  69. Floridacock says: Oct 11, 2010 8:27 AM

    So much hate in these posts. Thought you were going to clean this up Florio

  70. BengalsDouche2 says: Oct 11, 2010 8:33 AM

    steelkiller says:
    October 11, 2010 12:29 AM
    The Police were right to cuff him. Until any of you walk a mile in a cops shoes you know nothing. Over 50,000 police are killed every year in the US. And most of those are over traffic calls. The police could have chosen that he lay on his stomach on the ground with his legs crossed and his hands on his head if they wanted to. That is also acceptable. But they chose to Cuff him until they got confirmation. It’s not like they demanded the Bro dance a Jig for them 🙂
    Get over yourselves already.
    Yeah cuffing him and having him wait at the scene until his identity is verified is one thing. But leaving the scene with him in the car and letting him go 2 blocks later b/c you’ve suddenly realized it wasn’t him is a whole other ball game. The cops in this case made a huge mistake and now they should pay. I really hope Adam goes after the department for this one. They’ll deserve every bit of crap they get. It’s so easy for officers to verify the identity of someone these days that this kind of mistake just should not happen.

  71. JimmySmith says: Oct 11, 2010 8:40 AM

    Its called karma folks, plain and simple.

  72. TheDPR says: Oct 11, 2010 8:41 AM

    The police could have kept him at the scene until they knew for sure.
    No one in their right mind expects the cops to let a guy walk when he has the same name as a guy they’re looking for, but to cuff him and drive away with him in the cruiser WITHOUT KNOWING they have the right guy should be a crime in itself.
    Police everywhere aren’t corrupt but there are too many stories like this from too many places. This is a real problem.
    Police exist to protect the public; the public shouldn’t need to be protected from the police.

  73. jm91rs says: Oct 11, 2010 8:48 AM

    The issue I have is that these guys know who Adam “Pacman” Jones is. He’s no flight risk, if they aren’t 100% sure that it wasn’t Pacman that they were looking for, then have the guy sit on the sidewalk while they figure it out. Don’t cuff him, he’s not going anywhere.

  74. theroc5156 says: Oct 11, 2010 8:52 AM

    Perhaps Jones and the rest of the Bengals should be arrested for impersonating a professional football team.

  75. RealCSI820 says: Oct 11, 2010 8:58 AM

    The officers followed their department policy. Warrants usually give the name dob and a last known address. Major warrants also give the wanted person Fingerprint Classification, which is how they probably ID’d the proper Mr. Jones. Handcuffing is for the officers protection, we don’t know what the warrant was for, could have been something as simple as traffic citations or murder…we weren’t there…45 minutes is better days on a bad identification…

  76. C-Student says: Oct 11, 2010 9:01 AM

    Hunter said. “Everybody saw him being arrested.”
    i’m pretty sure adam is used to that by now.
    although i hate cops just as much as the next man, unfortunately they are a necessary evil.
    who among you wants to go into some guy’s house and pull him off his old lady only to risk her putting a knife in your back while you’re cuffing the scumbag boyfriend? that and much worse for $40 grand per year? i’ll pass

  77. cacaw410 says: Oct 11, 2010 9:58 AM

    any athletes named adam jones should just change their names to avoid any confusion….

  78. rskills says: Oct 11, 2010 10:19 AM

    This is pretty terrible, but I knew a dude who had a warrant out for his arrest, also mistaken identity, that actually sat in jail for 2 weeks before they got it straight. The worst part: he couldn’t have committed the other crime cause he was in jail at the time!

  79. Deb says: Oct 11, 2010 11:08 AM

    @John3783 …
    In matters like this, I err toward the side of civil rights. It bothers me that it took 45 minutes to confirm that a well-known sports figure with a felony record of his own was not the Adam Jones in the warrant. But I can only speculate why that happened–and so can you. We have no evidence that it was a case of malicious intent.
    The cops couldn’t let him go until they made the verification. Then again, you give a guy a badge and a gun, and 9 times out of 10, he goes on a stormtrooper power trip. So maybe the cops were being jerks. OR maybe there was a good reason the verification took that long. We don’t know.
    But one thing we know for certain: These things happen whether the cops are in Alaska, California, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, or Kentucky. So your regional rant did nothing but identify you as a bigot. People who slander others based on their race, religion, ethnicity, or place of origin are bigots, John. So guess what? If it’s us v. them, you’re them.

  80. PurpleNGold says: Oct 11, 2010 12:05 PM

    @ TerpsFan1972
    Credibility is not lost by becoming a “person of interest” to the police. It’s not lost by refusing to testify to the Grand Jury, as in the case of the peace activists in Minneapolis and Chicago who have recently been targeted by the FBI. The burden of proof is on the accuser, and a police media release describing a “person of interest” is as irresponsible and arrogant as FBI SWAT smashing the furniture in the homes of these activists.

  81. methomps says: Oct 12, 2010 2:08 AM

    Amazing how reasonable Florio gets when it is a West Virginia player.

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