ABA Journal


Criminal Justice

Video captures officers’ aggressive conduct while serving civil warrant for overdue fee

Aug 13, 2013, 02:04 pm CDT


Standing on someone's head is "treating them like a 2-year-old"?

Sucks to be that guy's kids...

By Ham Solo on 2013 08 13, 2:54 pm CDT

Oh my goodness! How could this whole thing have been prevented?

Maybe pay your debts?

By WMantooth on 2013 08 13, 3:33 pm CDT

@2 -- are you crazy?? Since when do police have the right to show up at 1:30 a.m. to enforce collecting a civil fine? That is an egregious violation of the Fair Debt Collection Act, even though the police likely would be immune under it. Look up the history of the DeKalb County Sheriff's department and you will see an institution riddled with corruption and bad actors (including outgoing Sheriff Sidney Dorsey's December 15, 2000 murder of his incoming rival Derwin Brown).

And don't worry about her paying the debt -- I imagine she'll pay the fine out of the hefty settlement she should recoup from DeKalb County.

By Boudicia on 2013 08 13, 3:47 pm CDT

This was picked up on a week ago, until the mainstream news finally caught up. I guess it was just a "conspiracy theory" until it was covered by the mainstream sources.
These Fallujah-style raids on innocent American citizens are becoming way too common.

By Joe on 2013 08 13, 4:05 pm CDT

@2: I hope you never fall into a situation where you owe a fine and cannot pay it for whatever reason. Last time I checked, you still benefit from the protections of the Fourth Amendment even if you owe a civil fine.

By Joe on 2013 08 13, 4:22 pm CDT

Well thank you number 3 for being the voice of reason in a situation where common sense appears to escape many on the sliding scale of legal education in America.

I can't believe that these people were this seriously violated over this matter and I hope there is a follow up case that we will all be privy too reading.

By concernedcitizen on 2013 08 13, 11:09 pm CDT

Although police allegedly have ethical rules, the problem is that there is rarely a downside for the police who engage in this type of behavior. Perhaps if they were held personally responsible for damages and had to pay E&O insurance from their pay--instead of taxpayers footing the bills, it would change some attitudes.

By BMF on 2013 08 14, 3:58 am CDT

The lawmakers that authorized this thug activity should be imprisoned as terrorist masterminds bent on harming Americans.

By Roland Darby on 2013 08 14, 3:04 pm CDT

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