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Friday, May 20, 2011

Call 911, Get Beaten by Police

If you ever happen to be in the Third World backwater of Fairhope, Alabama — DO NOT call 911 for any reason. If you do, you might get stomped by one of their “police” thugs.

84-year-old Dorsey Henderson called 911 when he witnessed a car accident outside his house. When he went to help, one of the drivers was drunk and belligerent, and tried to drive away. Henderson placed the drunk driver under citizen’s arrest and called 911.

(Here’s another link.)

Officer Trent Scott arrived on the scene, and Dorsey Henderson started to explain to him what had happened. Officer Inbred replied: “There’s no such thing as citizen's arrest…get out of the way, old man.”

When Henderson continued talking, saying he was only trying to help, Officer Dildo grabbed him, broke his shoulder and slammed his head repeatedly into the pavement.

Dorsey Henderson’s wife watched the whole incident helplessly from her wheelchair and called 911. About ten minutes later an ambulance arrived, and Trent Scott told the paramedics that Henderson “doesn’t need an ambulance” and sent them away.

Sometime later, a superior officer arrived on the scene and ordered the ambulance to return. Dorsey Henderson was taken to a hospital. Doctors said he had a broken nose, multiple contusions and a torn rotator cuff.

It would be nice to think Officer Trent Scott is just the proverbial bad apple, and not to judge the whole barrel, etc. Unfortunately, as of this writing, there has been no disciplinary action against him and he’s still employed by the Fairhope police department.

Meet the New South, same as the Old South.


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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The spirit of Bull Connor lives on

May 20, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh that was me

Erik

May 20, 2011 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Some folk'll never eat a skunk
But then again, some folk'll
Like Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel

May 21, 2011 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

I hope they sue that fucking town out of existence.

May 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: How can we miss Bull Connor if he won't go away?

Randal: Why, that there's a nice little rhyme.

J: Either that, or lock up that cop for a long time, making sure that all his fellow inmates know he's an ex-cop and why he's there.

May 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Thomas said...

The cop is probably a dickhead.

Though, to be clear, Citizens' Arrest is a pretty gray legal area. In most states applies only in the case of felonies and only if the arresting citizen actually witnessed the event in question.

I don't know what the particular rules are in Alabama.

That said, still a dickhead move on the part of the cop.

May 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Places like Fairhope, Ala., are where the dregs of law enforcement sink to. It's a widespread problem. It might be because the locals want a big, tough half wit for a cop. Or, it might be because a big, tough half wit who wouldn't last a month in most places is all they can afford. Or, it might be because Scott's father is known in town as a good old boy, so allowances are made for his stupid bully offspring.

In any case, I, too, hope Henderson sues Fairhope and wins big.

May 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Thomas: I've always been unclear on exactly what "citizen's arrest" means or how much authority it has. But in any case, that cop was totally out of line and should be prosecuted.

SW: The "dregs of law enforcement," excellent description of a cop like Trent Scott.

May 22, 2011 at 6:58 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, generally in this country anyone can act to apprehend and detain someone who has committed a felony. Measures taken to do both must be proportional (i.e., severely beating someone who attempted to shoplift a DVD and flee on foot would not be proportional). Authorization for citizen arrests for misdemeanors varies by state.

Anyone making a citizen's arrest can be held accountable for a false arrest, for violation of civil rights and for harm done to third parties and property, so it's not a matter of anything goes because someone is trying to nab a criminal suspect.

May 22, 2011 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Thanks for the information.

May 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
OpenID Susan said...

Oh my God! How much of this must happen before everyone in America wakes up to what republican rule will look like in our country? I cannot help but be afraid - VERY afraid!

May 31, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

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