Teen pop superstar Justin Beiber was released earlier today in Miami, following his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license.
The 19-year-old Canadian singer-songwriter who has nearly 50 million followers on Twitter, was pulled over by Miami Beach police, who allegedly observed two high-end sports cars speeding in a residential area.
According to the police report taken by officer Fulgencio Medina, Beiber was pulled just after 4 a.m. over for speeding on Pine Tree Drive near West 26th Street. After Beiber was pulled over in his yellow Lamborghini, officer Medina reports smelling “an odor of alcohol”, had deliberate movements and a “stuper” (sic) look on the driver’s face. The report also says Beiber was uncooperative and was yelling at the police officer.
The officer then instructed Beiber to exit the vehicle, keep his hands out of his pocket and keep them on the rented sports car. During the patdown, Beiber allegedly failed to comply with the officer’s orders and subsequently was placed under arrest, as was the driver of the other car, a red Ferrari, Khalil Amir Sharieff.
Appearing via video feed, Beiber and Sharieff were arraigned from jail. Justin Beiber is being represented by high-profile attorney Roy Black, who negotiated the bond set at $2,500, while Khalil Sharieff’s bond was set at $1,000.
This morning, the Miami Beach Police Department released mug shots of Beiber and Sharieff, in addition to the official arrest report on Twttier. After word broke out, the report was made public, an untold number of Beiber fans took to social media to criticize the department’s move to post the photos and the arrest report.
The police department responded on Twitter to defend its decision to make the information public on social media, citing "Page 94, Section 119.011(3)©, F.S." of the 2013 Government-In-The-Sunshine-Manual. A link to this is posted on the Miami Beach Police. Despite having the legal right to post the arrest report online, Beiber's legion of fans, also known as Beliebers, are clearly not pleased with their idol's arrest and publicly embarrassing the singer. Nevertheless, Philip Levine, the mayor of Miami Beach, supported his police department's actions and told TMZ "it doesn't make a difference who you are, we will enforce our laws".