Not long ago, we reported on a new drug being introduced to the streets called “flakka.” It is a synthetic variation of bath salts. Flakka is an amphetamine that delivers users a cheap, powerful high after they eat, snort or smoke and has been known to make people manic and violent. Florida has been having problems with flakka particularly. One man attempted to break into a police station in Fort Lauderdale while high on flakka. Another dodged police cruisers as he streaked down Broward Boulevard screaming about how somebody was trying to steal his clothes. The most recent story is even nuttier than those two instances.
41-year-old Kenneth Crowder of Melbourne was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer. Police were notified of Crowder when people saw him running through the neighborhood naked, telling everyone that he is God, fueled by the flakka. He then commenced to perform sexual acts on a tree. He must’ve finished up before police came because he was dressed. He told them that he was God and approached in an aggressive manner. At this point, one of the officers tased Crowder, but he was unphased, pulling out the probes. The officer tried to do it again, but it ended the same way, except, this time, Crowder came at them ready to fight. The officer scored a punch to Crowder’s face, but Crowder (now saying that he was Thor) got to him and tried to stab the officer with his own badge.
In the current climate of things where the police are concerned, Crowder should be glad that he wasn’t killed. If he was a Black, on flakka or not, he may not have been so lucky.
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