A frightened college student tried to drive off when a group of men swarmed her car as she was leaving a state ABC store. It turned out that the six men were plan clothes ABC agents who mistook the bottled water she bought for beer. Just another case of cops behaving like what they are, just another gang of thugs that sees the public as the enemy. The student now faces felony charges, even though she was not doing anything illegal when she was accosted by the agents. [UPDATE] See Radley Balko’s article about this incident here.
A Wisconsin woman has been awarded a settlement of $143,500 after Lawrence County child welfare department and Jameson Hospital seized her newborn child in response to a false positive drug test triggered by a poppy seed bagel. Of course, they were simply following the due process exemption granted by the Constitution whenever a child is involved…
Henderson, Nevada cops arrested a man and his adult son when they refused to allow their houses to be occupied by cops to observe a neighboring house as part of a domestic abuse investigation. When the family refused to let the cops in, they broke down the door and pepper-balled him (as well as the family dog, of course). They spent nine hours in jail before making bail. The charges were eventually dismissed with prejudice. The family is suing city and police officials of the cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas. Of course, if they win, it’s unlikely anything will happen to the officials and the taxpayers will get stuck with the bill. I have blogged about the idiots at Henderson, NV PD before.
Video of a St. Louis cops striking a handcuffed teenager during an arrest has been released to the public after the officer was acquitted of an assault charge. The video was never shown at trial for legal reasons. While cops involved in shootings aren’t supposed to be involved with processing suspects, the supervisor didn’t interfere in this case. The teen was never charged with a crime. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association wants the cops reinstated. The whole case reeks of incompetence. The unprovoked assault takes place at about the 12 second mark in the video below: