There is no situation I can think of in which the removal of one’s pants and underwear puts them in a position of authority. Wearing pants, after all, is a universal sign of authority.
But, as reported yesterday by the Daily Republic, a Canistota, S.D., man would apparently disagree. In January, after receiving a 911 hangup call, police arrived at a home to find a woman allegedly threatened with death by Robert Becker, 55. Police approached and Becker ran upstairs.
When the deputies approached Becker, he allegedly ran upstairs, took off his pants and underwear and told them to “try to arrest a guy with no pants.”
To which, I’m sure, police responded with a mixture of disgust and willingness to prove Becker wrong. In the scuffle, he ended up punching a sheriff’s deputy in the head. In a last-ditch attempt to defend himself pointlessly, Becker refused to walk downstairs. So, deputies carried him.
Becker was charged with simple assault against a law enforcement officer, a class 6 felony, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine; and simple assault and resisting arrest, class 1 misdemeanors, punishable upon conviction by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.