When it comes to defending your personal space, sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do. That seems to have been the rationale of one James Turner, a suspected drug dealer in Boston who’s facing an assault charge after allegedly biting a police officer’s thumb while being booked at a station on August 7th.
According to Boston Globe reporter Danny McDonald, police approached Turner in the Chinatown Park area after observing him handling a small plastic bag containing what they believed to be illicit drugs. As they recovered a few other bags of heroin from his person, Turner resisted arrest and fought with the officers. McDonald continues:
Police were eventually able to subdue him and took him to the District A-1 police station downtown for booking. At the station, Turner spit at police and bit the thumb of one of the officers.
Before noting that Turner was charged on multiple counts including possession with intent to distribute heroin, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer, McDonald was able to drop a top-notch common-sense-laden punchline into his story:
Police said Turner explained his behavior by stating, “He got too close so I bit him.”