Look, if you’re going to have to submit to the ignominy of a police mugshot, you may as well make it one that they’re going to remember.
An Oregon chap did just that, with the help of his beloved macaw.
Craig Buckner, who is a gentleman hailing from Oregon, arrived at the Washington County Courthouse this week for a session with the beak after he was charged with violating a release order related to a few misdemeanor thefts, according to The Smoking Gun. Mr. Buckner was under the impression that he would be ordered to surrender and then would be immediately free to go about his business. Alas, he was to discover that such was not the case.
Since he thought it would be an in-and-out affair, he brought his pet macaw, Bird, along for the festivities, and told Bird to wait for him in the courthouse courtyard. However, the judge ordered Mr. Buckner to the slammer — and that’s when he started fretting about his pet.
Says Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington Couny Sheriff’s Office, “He was very concerned about his bird. Mr. Buckner is very attached to this bird.”
Deputy Shoana McKelvey, who was the one who collared Mr. Buckner, attempted to lure Bird out of his tree in the courtyard, but the perplexed parrot was having none of that; he wouldn’t move one iota for anyone but Mr. Buckner.
So, taking matters into her own hands, McKelvey decided to wing it. She allowed Bird’s dad to have access to him while he lined up a friend to take care of him — and even let Bird camp out on Mr. Buckner’s shoulder as he was having his mugshot taken.
Not exactly standard department operating procedure, but, as a media release says, “Our Sheriff’s Office has very strong core values of doing the right thing. I also have very strong moral values of treating all people with compassion no matter what role I am taking. Mr. Buckner was already in a stressful position and did not need the additional stress and worry of his loved pet, Bird. Bringing the two together brought me joy and brought relief to Mr. Buckner and safety to his bird.”
As of today, Mr. Buckner, whose bond is $10,000, is still a guest of the United States Government. Bird, presumably, is staring at the door expectantly.