posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 08:30 PM
Those of you kind enough to stop by my thread yesterday and give your feedback on the actions of the Lubbock, Texas police officer who kicked and then
summarily shot a pit bull who appeared to be playing in the parking lot of a grocery store may be interested to know that this officer seems to be a
violent sort of cop.
First, the original thread: www.abovetopsecret.com...
As I'm going through the news this evening, officer Clinton Lewis' name comes up again, this time concerning a lawsuit against he and another
officer for using excessive force against an older, off-duty cop. The title of the article is "Judge takes note of missing evidence in LPD
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
A federal judge refuses to throw out a lawsuit against Lubbock Police Officers Clinton Lewis and Jeffery Simpson. The officers are accused of
excessive force in the July 2009 arrest of an off-duty law enforcement officer.
Robert Campbell was a specially-deputized U.S. Marshal for court security, and he was also a retired Sheriff's Deputy.
He was at home drinking beer when there was a disturbance with a neighbor. Lewis and Simpson responded, talked to Campbell and others at his home.
They then went to talk the neighbor.
Campbell then remembered he left his duty weapon in his vehicle so he retrieved it and put it in the waistband of his pants. When the officers
returned they wanted to see Campbell's ID so he backed into his house so as to not show the weapon. Campbell claims that officers forced their way
into his home, then saw the weapon, over-reacted and beat him as they arrested him.
The officers see it differently, instead saying that Campbell disobeyed orders and they pursued him into the home for that reason. In the process
they saw the weapon. They say they used physical force because Campbell continued disobeying and because he resisted arrest.
Either way, U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lou Robinson made a ruling that, "Campbell did not pull the weapon, brandish it, or display it in a
No one disputes that Campbell was bloodied up in the scuffle. He suffered a fractured sinus bone, cuts and bruises. Officers admit Campbell was hit
in the face and shocked with a Taser.
All charges against Campbell were later dropped.
The judge said in her ruling that because the officers are asking to have the lawsuit tossed out, she must look at the facts in the "most favorable"
light to Campbell.
Assuming Campbell's claims are true, the judge ruled, "... The Court concludes that the need to arrest Campbell, and the level of force allegedly
used by the officers to do so, was both excessive to the need and objectively unreasonable."
But that was not the only factor for the judge. She also ruled, "Simpson testified at his deposition that there were audio and video recordings made
by the responding police vehicles' recording equipment."
The judge continued, "Simpson testified that after he had received notice of this lawsuit, it was discovered that all of that evidence is missing. He
looked for it, and could not find it."
"Plus all additional copies of the police recordings which were turned over by the Lubbock Police Department to the Lubbock County District
Attorney's office for the DA's use as criminal trial evidence in the charged cases, are missing, apparently destroyed or lost," according to the
The newest court documents do not mean that Campbell wins the lawsuit. Instead, they mean that the lawsuit stays on the books as disputed facts are
resolved and the lawsuit could very well be headed for a jury trial.
Notice several things: The severity of the way officer Lewis responded to the incident, resulting in the horrible beating of this man (see pic in
link)....and how, conveniently, ALL THE recordings and evidence relating to this case are somehow missing.
This is what I mean by police using excessive force and totally getting away with it. Anybody who saw the original video of Officer Lewis shooting
the dog quickly after giving him a hard kick in the side could see that he was just a real mean guy with a gun and a badge.
Apparently, he has been violent and using excessive force on the job for quite a while now (this lawsuit is from an incident that happened in
I applaud the judge for not tossing the case out. It is obvious that the cops at LPD are covering for each other as they commit acts of brutality
while on the job. This cop is also a liar in the way that he writes his reports, apparently. Yet he remains active on the force and is patrolling
the streets, quick to anger and quick to lie about it afterwards.
Anybody who lives in Lubbock feel any safer now?