‘Black Lives Matter!’: Police officer attacked, threatened at traffic stop

‘Black Lives Matter!’: Police officer attacked, threatened at traffic stop
Anthony Denson Jr. (Image: Collier County Sheriff's Office)

[Ed. – Knowing what we know about this incident, let’s play a mind game: Imagine that the situation escalated out of control and that the officer ultimately shot and killed the driver. How would that be played up in the mainstream media?]

Authorities said a Golden Gate man resisted arrest Wednesday, threatened to harm a deputy and yelled “black lives matter” while being booked into jail.

Anthony Denson Jr., 34, was stopped after a deputy deployed on the gang unit noticed Denson was driving without a seat belt about 7:30 p.m. at 25th Avenue Southwest and 47th Street Southwest in Golden Gate, an arrest report states.

When the deputy asked Denson for his driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration, Denson yelled an expletive and said he did not have the documents on him, the report states. The deputy then asked Denson to double-check the glove compartment, but Denson refused and said it was not his car, the reports states.

“No, you’re going to shoot me,” Denson said, according to the report.

The deputy asked Denson to exit the car, but Denson initially refused, the report says. Denson continued to refuse to provide more identification, including his middle initial and date of birth, so the deputy ordered Denson out of the car, the report states.

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