The San Francisco 49ers received some bad publicity as G/C Daniel Kilgore was arrested and charged with public intoxication. The police report states that Kilgore and a friend were walking on the sidewalks when Kingsport officer Greg Lane approached them, as he saw one of them staggering. Lane said that Kilgore and friend Brandon Thompson had red eyes and dilated pupils. Wow, as if that doesn’t happen when drinking, what else is new officer Lane? Furthermore, Lane arrested them for their safety and the welfare of the public.
To be honest, I was not there so I don’t know exactly what happened, but what I do know personally, is that Kilgore is a responsible, respected, and kind-hearted individual. He could have been driving but he instead chose to walk, a typical smart and responsible move by Kilgore. Leave the man alone! In addition, the report does not state if they were being “belligerent.” A clear sign that one would create trouble in the community. And since there was no mention, I have no reason to believe why the officer could not let them go or at the very least drive them to their destination safely, if he was in fact looking out for their best interest, as some of my family/friends who are in law enforcement often due. I have been in this situation once before and the same terminology was used in my case, fortunately for me I won and the courts overruled in my favor.
Kilgore is a very non-confrontational person and to hear news like this from an officer that probably has a power trip, just makes me angry. Was he doing his job? I guess so, but it’s incidents like these that sometime portray officers in a bad light. I’m not saying officer Lane fits the description but from the police report that was made public, it’s hard to argue. So the next time officer Lane is at a bar, let’s see if his eyes are red and dilated as I’m sure he’s super human and has the metabolism to ward off such evil. Don’t get me wrong, drinking should be consumed responsibly but this is a classic case of “Who’s your daddy?,” let’s be honest.