Gentil’s defense attorney said Miller threw a cup of tea on the officer’s new car. Outside the courtroom, Miller said he was startled and threw the tea by accident. Then the officer pulled over, got out and drew his gun.
In the brief interview outside the courtroom, Miller said the officer was shouting at him and calling him “stupid.”
Gentil asked the judge for leniency, noting his 24 years of service and listing his many awards and citations. A career patrol officer, Gentil told the judge that he avoided a desk job because he could do more good as a first responder. He will appeal his conviction; the judge granted him house arrest pending the appeal.
When he spoke, Gentil wiped his eyes with tissues.