Man arrested for obstructing officer was just released in January after conviction on same offense


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Elijah Armand Cole, 30, was arrested yesterday and charged with obstructing an officer without violence after allegedly ignoring an officer’s commands to back up while another person was being arrested.

At about noon on Saturday, Gainesville Police Department officers were arresting a subject in a domestic violence incident when Cole reportedly walked over from a nearby house. As officers walked the subject out to a patrol vehicle, Cole reportedly walked up to the officers and stood right behind them while they were searching the person who had been detained.

Cole is known to law enforcement for violent behavior, including battery, firearm possession, and hostile behavior toward law enforcement. He was reportedly ordered to back away and was told he could stand a few feet away to watch and take a video, but he could not walk right up to the officers. He allegedly started yelling that he would not comply, and he refused to calm down, although bystanders also advised him to listen to the officers. He then allegedly walked quickly around officers toward the patrol vehicle and was detained.

Cole was charged with resisting arrest without violence in December 2022 when he refused to comply with orders from officers who were arresting him on a warrant. He entered a plea of nolo contendere to the charge on January 5 and was sentenced to time served.

Bail information is unavailable on weekends.

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  • Now if the cops killed this scumbag, it would have been all over CNN and MSNBC.

    And another trend of stealing— I mean “protests” would also ensue.

    • What a social injustice! He/Him was just peacefully protesting after he/him recently saw that UF art exhibit about abolishing police and ending prison slavery and was just exercising his freedom of speech…Where’s BLM and Antifa?

      • 🎵 “I fought the law, and the, law won”…moral of the story here: don’t interfere with law enforcement when they’re doing their job!

  • It’s time to put juries in charge, lower the salaries of public attorneys and judges and reduce their jobs to that court reporters. Only then will America regain her senses and greatness.

  • But….I’m sure he won’t do it again? Would he? I’m sure they’ll let him out to see if he will.

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