Texas cop orders teen to do pushups over marijuana
A teenager suspected of smoking marijuana outside of a movie theater was told he could either do pushups or go to jail by an off-duty officer working security.
The officer, identified as Eric Ball, said someone told him the teen was outside smoking marijuana. He says that when he approached the teen, he observed him finishing what appeared to be a joint and discarding it, and that he smelled marijuana.
“Marijuana gives a distinct odor. He knew what the teen was up to,” said Lt. Chris Cook with Arlington Police.
Ball then gave the teen a choice, “You give me 200 push-ups, I won’t put you in jail.”
“He could have very well arrested this teen, but instead he tried to do something better,” Cook said.
Arlington Police said they don’t know the name of the teenager, but that he was about 17 or 18 years old.
According to police, Officer Ball found the teenager’s mother inside the movie theater, and she gave him a hug and thanked him.
“She gave a stern warning to her son and even told the officer, ‘I would have made him do more push-ups,'” Cook said.