LEO 229 wrote:
I did not look that close to the surroundings. I focused on the people.
It is an option to follow her inside and verify the story. But what if it was fake?
How long do you follow her around while she searched for "daddy"?
Well. I can't imagine that it would take more than a few moments for an on duty LEO to verify the admittance of her Father at the emergency desk. But in any case it would become apparent fairly quickly if the person was lying. At that point you get to arrest her for "Rabbiting" (evasion), Obstruction, lying to a LEO, etc. In other-words he could have thrown the book at her.
Since in this case she was not lying, the Officer avoided 5 minutes of investigation, and it cost him one week off without pay, and a permanent gig in his file.
I am not saying it will always work out well, but this one seems like a no brainer to me considering they were blocking the hospital parking lot entrance when he first stopped her. Of course we don't know how long he followed her before the stop.
The short of it is, that although the charges were dropped, it was a legitimate arrest. It was just not a compassionate one, and it was handled badly, because it was based on anger, not the facts.