State Attorney Dismisses Charges Against Gators LB Morrison
GAINESVILLE- Citing lack of evidence, State Attorney Bill Cervone dismissed 2 charges against Antonio Morrison on Tuesday, leaving the Florida Gator linebacker to deal with the punishment levied by Gators Head Coach Will Muschamp.
Morrison was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of harassing a police animal on duty and resisting arrest without violence, but Cervone did not see any chance the State could prove either charge in court.
"The charge of interfering with a police animal requires malice, and none exists," Cervone wrote.
"It also requires that the animal be engaged in some official duty, and it cannot be said that sitting in the back of a police cruiser in case he is needed constitutes being engated in such activity by a police dog."
"As to the chage of resisting an officer, I challenge anyone who looks at teh video of the incident to find any resistance, physical or otherwise, beyond questioning the actions of law enforcement, which is not illegal."
Muschamp suspended Morrison for the first two games of the 2013 season following his second arrest this summer, and after the charges from the second arrest were dismissed, Muschamp said "As of now nothing has changed with Antonio's discipline status."