Saturday, December 20, 2008

In the category of "Law enforcement, sorry excuse for"

we have this stirling example from the Galveston PD:
As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, "You're a prostitute. You're coming with me."

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy." One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.
What Thirdpower said. My daughter had screamed for help, and I saw three guys trying to drag her into a van? There'd have been dead people formerly trying to drag my daughter into a van. Dad spent a lot of time in law enforcement; if such had happened to my sister, there'd have been blood on the ground; people with no id, no anything, grabbing a girl, striking her, dragging her toward a van = kidnapping = dead kidnappers.

And, just to make it more fun, this from the shyster for the idiot excuses for lawmen:
Both the daughter and the father were arrested for assaulting a peace officer. "The father basically attacked police officers as they were trying to take the daughter into custody after she ran off."

Also, "The city has investigated the matter and found that the conduct of the police officers was appropriate under the circumstances," Helfand says. "It's unfortunate that sometimes police officers have to use force against people who are using force against them. And the evidence will show that both these folks violated the law and forcefully resisted arrest."

I fully realize this is the shyster trying to defend his brainless clients. I point out again:
Unmarked van.
No uniforms.
No badges.
Three guys grab the girl, hit her, and drag her to the van.
That should, at the very least, equal terminated police officers paying one hell of a settlement and possibly facing criminal charges. It should also equal the city paying one hell of a settlement for defending this bullshit.


Thirdpower said...

Off topic but your e-mails are bouncing back to me. I've tried both addresses in both Hotmail and Yahoo.

Captain Tightpants said...

I HATE reading about crap like this, as you well know...

I have done plenty of plainclothes ops, in unmarked vehicles. And the very gorram FIRST thing I do when I approach someone, much less jump out at them is CLEARLY display my badge and identify myself as a police officer.

Maybe this is why I've avoided being in news stories like this, but that's just me...

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Unknown said...

If someone had grabbed one of my nieces like this, without identifying, I would have injured or killed them, without hesitation, and without any sense of guilt.

I like the cops, and want them to be able to do their jobs, but if they grab a girl and try to drag her into an unmarked van without identifying, they need some time with a cluebat.

If this is true as written, these jerks need another line of work, some time in the cage, or some time off without pay to contemplate how they should act. Oh, and their supervisor probably needs a swift boot as well.