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Roderick Daniels was traveling through East Texas in October 2007 when, he says, he was the victim of a highway robbery.
The Tennessee man says he was ordered to pull his car over and surrender his jewelry and $8,500 in cash that he had with him to buy a new car.
But Daniels couldn't go to the police to report the incident.
The men who stopped him were the police.
Daniels was stopped on U.S. Highway 59 outside Tenaha, near the Louisiana state line. Police said he was driving 37 mph in a 35 mph zone. They hauled him off to jail and threatened him with money-laundering charges -- bu
On October 2, 1992 Malibu California millionaire Donald Scott was shot to death inside his own home, during a raid by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and agents from five federal law enforcement agencies. The Scotts were awakened by the sound of the police breaking down their door. Scott's wife, Frances, ran downstairs to find her house swarming with men with guns aimed at her. She screamed "don't shoot me, don't kill me." Donald Scott, recovering from recent cataract surgery, got his gun and ran to the defense of his wife. When he emerged at the top of the stairs, holding his gun over his head, the officers told him to lower the gun. As he did, they shot him to death. The warrant was for evidence of the cultivation of marijuana, but no illegal activity was discovered at the Scott ranch. The report of the Ventura County District Attorney, Michael Bradbury, concluded that the police lied to obtain the search warrant, that there had never been any marijuana cultivation on the property, and that the raid was motivated by a desire to forfeit the multi-million dollar ranch. Despite the DA's dramatic conclusions, no officer was ever indicted, or even lightly disciplined for the lies or the killing.
Originally posted by jd140
You think this is something new?
Police in small towns have been doing things like this long before your grandparents were born.
Why is so shocking that they are still doing it?
edit to add-
Not all small town police do this. Don't want to sound as if I am throwing a blanket statement out there.
[edit on 5-5-2009 by jd140]
Whoever holds posistion of authority will abuse at one time or another. Some might be small situations and others will be big.
I keep hearing how cops are out of control. Besides jailing those who break the law, what else would you do to solve the problem?
What would any who reads this do to solve the problem?
You can throw them in jail and hire someone new. But you will still have this problem.
Should they be fired? Yes they should be and thrown in jail. We need to make room for the next wave.
I am asking what differant approach you would take.
You keep saying we should do something sane.
Well what would that be.
And I was asking others when I said what would others who read this do. I just asked the question in a post I was replying to you in.
Every person in a posistion of authority abuses that power at one time or another. It could be as small as a manager taking off early or as big as a cop taking possesions illegaly.
Originally posted by jd140
reply to post by gimme_some_truth
Not really much else can be done about it.
They abuse the power, they get caught, they go to jail or get fired (depending on the offense and if they are found guilty) and the next wave comes through.
Short of executing them. Nothing else can be done.