Florence mayoral candidate arrested in Myrtle Beach

Florence City Councilman Edward Robinson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest at a Food Lion in Myrtle Beach last month on April 10.  According to the incident report, the police were called because Mr. Robinson was yelling at the store manager for refusing to sell him alcohol.  According to the incident report, when the police arrived he refused to identify himself and this was the basis for his arrest.

According to a recent article at SCNow, Robinson has had a colorful past but has gotten past all of that now:

Robinson has had brushes with the law and been arrested multiple times. He also fathered seven children by an assortment of women. He now describes himself, somewhat ironically perhaps, as a family man who went from being a “loose cannon” to someone who enjoys the quiet life . . .

The article makes no mention of Robinson’s arrest in Myrtle Beach, although the arrest was just a few weeks before the article was published.

Robinson was charged under Myrtle Beach Municipal Code Section 14-63(b), which reads:

(b) It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or willfully resist an arrest which is being made by a law enforcement officer, or to hinder or obstruct any law enforcement officer in the act of arresting any person.

Myrtle Beach police use this code section liberally, to arrest people when they refuse to give information or when they give incorrect information.  In fairness to Robinson and everyone else they charge under similar circumstances, there is no requirement in any jurisdiction in South Carolina to identify yourself to law enforcement.

There is no S.C. law that requires a citizen to provide identification to law enforcement, and the language of the code section they cite does not require a citizen to identify themselves to law enforcement.  If it did, it would not be constitutional under state law because it would criminalize conduct that is not criminal under the S.C. Code.

This doesn’t excuse Robinson’s alleged conduct.  It may be they charged him with the wrong thing and disorderly conduct or public intoxication would have been the appropriate charge.  But, from what I see on the face of the incident report, he’s not guilty of resisting arrest.

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