Florida doctor has bizarre meltdown at the airport
The doctor claims to have been the Orlando International Airport meltdown was staged to ‘prove a point’ about police use of force.
A Florida man recently threw a fit at the ticket counter of American Airlines at the Orlando international Airport after being denied boarding for “unexpected” behaviour.
After the police arrived on the scene, the doctor, 59, an organizer of a meltdown that he later claimed was to “prove a point” about the police use of violence and said that “if I were a black person, I would be scared to death.”
On August 16, Jeffrey Epstein arrived early at the desk to check in for his 6:24 pm flight to Philadelphia, a rep for American Airlines confirmed to Fox News.
WARNING: the Video contains expletive language.
For reasons that are still not clear, Epstein was set to be rebooked for the next flight. He quickly became an “angry” at the airline staff as also other passengers and children in the area,” the spokesman said, and she called law enforcement.
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When police arrived on the scene, the Lakeland man began to scream and foam at the mouth, Fox 35 Orlando reports, and went off on the agents in an expletive-laden meltdown.
The 59-year-old organizer of a meltdown at one of the Orlando International Airport ticket counter on August 16.
(Fox 35 Orlando/Orlando Police)
“This man is trying to provoke me. You have training, genius?” Epstein promises to be an officer in footage captured by a bystander. “There is no alcohol, you want to test me? Want me to count backwards?” he asks, as he throws his arms.
“Come arrest me,” he reprimanded, as the police move. “They are arresting me. They arrest me. They are really de-escalate”, he screams, he throws himself on the ground, brining three law enforcement officials down with him.
“Oh my god, I can’t believe they would do this,” Epstein, he is fascinated, as airport travelers watch the scene in confusion. He kept screaming that he was “”not resisting, you’re treating me like a f-ing black person!”
The man later charged with battery, resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, NBC News reports. Since returning home after the bonding of the jail on bond, he told WESH 2 news that he brought the scene to “prove a point.”
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“If you plan to do this to a white doctor, who is 59 years old, for doing nothing, why should black people trust you?” he said.
“I’m a conservative Republican, I am an Asset man. But until the police, the solution of this problem, I do not blame black people for being angry when they are arrested,” he told the outlet.
He also shares similar sentiments with Fox 35.
“I thought that a white man was arrested at an airport might get some attention to these black people who I think are rightly concerned. If I were a black person, I would be scared to death,” Epstein said.
He says that he hoped that the stunt can teach the carrier a lesson in customer service.
“I was in no danger. I was hard, because I wanted everyone to see. I wanted everything out in the open. Large companies have to take care of their customers, and if they call the police in, they got to deescalate, not escalate,” he said.
Representatives of the Orlando International Airport will not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on the story.
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak