If the cops didn’t already beat the crap out of you on the spot, you may have already avoided the worst that could happen.
15-some years ago or so, in San Luis Obispo, there was something like this. Dude walks out of a bar onto the sidewalk. Now this dude is a Straight-A senior at Cal Poly getting ready to get started on his senior project, which I think involved finding some kind of internship or something to get involved in. We’re not talking about some kind of low-life scumbag bozo here.
Well, so he walks out of the bar and…
promptly trips over a tree root bulging up the sidewalk and falls on his face.
Promptly, three cops materialize out of the shadows and pounce on him. Maybe they beat him, or maybe just the pouncing did it. But he got his back injured. He swears he wasn’t drunk, he just tripped over a tree root. And AFAIK, nobody disputed that there was a tree root there.
So he gets cited for public drunkenness. Oh and did I mention that the cops never did any kind of blood or breath sobriety test on him? Didn’t matter. Guilty as charged. Back permanently (or at least long-term) injured. Lost out on finishing school that year. Couldn’t get an internship. (Don’t know what happened in the years after that.) Nobody (not the judge anyway) seemed to care that the cops had no actual sobriety test.
Oh, and did I mention that the dude was black? Oh, but you knew that of course.