Power Of The State
It’s a good idea to try not to do anything that could lead to your arrest. But if you do find yourself unfortunate enough to be placed into police custody, take it from Florida DUI suspect James Duckworth: Don’t make any sudden movements; in fact, don’t even clear your throat in the presence of your captors.
A New York City woman is suing the New York Police Department for officers’ behavior in a Labor Day 2012 incident in which police allegedly broke windows to gain warrantless access to her home, beat and pepper sprayed her family members, and intentionally killed her pet parakeet by crushing it underfoot.
“Oh, you’re gonna shoot me,” were allegedly the last words, delivered “like sarcastic almost,” of 23-year-old San Antonio honor student Robert Cameron Redus before Alamo Heights police officer Cpl. Christopher Carter fatally shot him.
Students at a Texas high school went on strike last week after one of their classmates was put into a coma by a Taser-wielding sheriff’s deputy on campus. According to reports, 17-year-old Noe de Rivera fell and hit his head on concrete after a deputy used a Taser on him as he tried to break up a fight between two of his female classmates.
San Antonio police officer Jackie Len Neal, 40, was arrested Saturday after a 19-year-old woman accused the officer of raping her during a traffic stop. Remarkably, this is not the first time the officer has been in trouble for inappropriate sexual behavior.
When Tennessee resident Jim Howe, 40, took issue with a school policy that prevented him from walking to his children’s school and picking the youngsters up on campus rather than sitting in a line of traffic alongside the highway last week, he was arrested by a school resource officer.
Police in San Jose, Calif., shot and killed a 61-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis in the driveway of her home on Nov. 16 because she didn’t respond to their orders to drop a knife.
They were there because a neighbor had called police with a noise complaint. Her widowed husband confirmed that the couple had indeed been arguing that day.
Family members of a 3-year-old boy killed in a northern Missouri house fire last week say that the boy may have had a chance to survive had police not used a stun gun on the boy’s stepfather as he frantically tried to re-enter the burning home to save the child.
A New Mexico man has filed a Federal lawsuit following an encounter with police that resulted in several anal probes and a colonoscopy in an attempt to find narcotics — narcotics that weren’t there — because the cops thought he had clinched his rear suspiciously when they saw him get out of a car near a Wal-Mart.
A lawsuit waged against the Federal government by a Houston businessman alleges that the Drug Enforcement Agency “commandeered” his freight truck and destroyed it during a shootout with members of the Zeta drug cartel.