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‘Warrant? You Don’t Need To See No Stinkin’ Warrant. Cuff Her!’

June 18, 2013 by  

The police department in a small Texas town is backpedaling on the actions of two officers who arrested a local woman simply because she asked to see an arrest warrant before they attempted to apprehend her juvenile son for an undisclosed alleged crime.

On May 29, in Slaton, Texas, a small town just southeast of Lubbock, a woman knew police would probably come to talk to her about an undisclosed criminal complaint against her 11-year-old. She was also pretty sure that they would try to arrest him.

The woman told MyFOX Lubbock she didn’t have a problem with any of that. She just wanted to see the warrant for her son’s arrest before the police attempted to apprehend him at their home. So when they showed up, she asked.

That must have rankled the police, according to the woman’s account of events.

I told him, “I will release my son to you upon viewing those orders.” Those were exactly my words…He [the officer] said, “This is how you want to play?” He took two steps back, turned around to the officer and said, “Take her.” They turned me around, handcuffed me and took me in.

So the mom spent the night in jail. The son stayed at home. The mother arranged for another adult to stay overnight at the house with her son, figuring that police would get a warrant and return to apprehend him. But they never came back.

He told me it was their duty to come pick up my son…Yet, I had someone stay the night at my house. They never came back that evening, they never came to pick up my son, or do what they told me they were there to do in the beginning.

After her release the next day (presumably because the cops had no reason to charge her with a crime in the first place), the police department offered the family an apology — on the condition they’d agreed not to sue the Slaton Police Department.

Family attorney Dwight said that’s an absurd proposition for obvious reasons.

“This occurred on May 29 when they went out to apprehend this young man,” he said. “The directive to apprehend was not signed until May 30, which is another indication that they didn’t have the authority to go out and arrest him or apprehend this young man… If she [the mother] moves out of Slaton and tries to find a job elsewhere, you can Google her name, and at that point, the arrest, my guess is, is going to show up.”

The mother added: “I’ve never been in trouble, in 32 years of my life, from anything, and to get thrown in jail because I asked a question is not right.”

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Article has been edited from original. –BL

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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