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Thread: Cop Who Beat Up Handcuffed Suspect Convicted, Fined Two Dollars as Punishment

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    According to the the article it was the jury who determined this "punishment"? At first I assumed it was a judge -- great, even when the mundanes have a chance to do something about thug cops they let them off. Maybe we should stop complaining about it being a "JustUs" system , when we the citizens allow it and enable it.

    http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/...0/-/index.html

    Ky. police officer fined $2 for striking man
    Man could have faced more than year in jail
    Published 5:37 PM EST Mar 09, 2013

    LOUISVILLE —A Louisville police officer has been fined $2 after being convicted of official misconduct and harassment for striking a handcuffed suspect multiple times.

    A Jefferson District Jury on Friday fined officer David Graham $1 for each of the charges stemming from the March 31, 2012 arrest of 19-year-old John R. Sanders. A videotape of Sanders' arrest shows Graham poking Sanders multiple times in the throat and slapping him.

    Graham could have faced up to 12 months in jail on the misconduct charge and up to 90 days in jail for the harassment charge.

    First Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Julie Hardesty called the guilty verdict "significant," even though the sentence was small.

    Defense attorney Steve Schroering told The Courier-Journal his client was disappointed at being convicted, but thankful the jury gave him the "absolute minimum penalty."

    Schoering said he would assume that the jury's message in imposing the $2 fine was "that while he was technically wrong in his conduct, they forgave him under the circumstances."

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    Sanders and another man were accused of punching, kicking and using pepper spray on someone in Old Louisville while taking an e-reader and other items. That case is still pending.
    Last edited by SeanTX; 03-11-2013 at 03:21 PM.



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    I hope every member of the jury receives as equal a treatment by a law enforcement officer.
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    I hope every member of the jury receives as equal a treatment by a law enforcement officer.
    Oh, well, that's part of the problem, most people think "well, I'm not a criminal, so that will never happen to me!" .

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    The ability of a prosecutor to challenge jurors must be rescinded.

    A "jury of your peers" doesn't mean whomever the prosecutor finds appealing.

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    So they just slap him on the wrist (not even a slap) and he remains free to accost others—knowing that the next time he beats the $#@! out of someone, he may still get out of it with a slap on the wrist as opposed to being locked up like he should be.

    If these thugs aren't adequately punished, they will never learn.
    Indianensis Universitatis Alumnus

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanTX View Post
    Sanders and another man were accused of punching, kicking and using pepper spray on someone in Old Louisville while taking an e-reader and other items. That case is still pending.

    I'm in no way excusing the officer's behavior. But I have an idea why the jury may have done this.

    If you are "kicking and using pepper spray on someone in Old Louisville while taking an e-reader and other items," then you are probably assaulting and robbing a University of Louisville student. ("Old Louisville" is near campus and many college students live there off campus.) It may have even been a young lady for all we know. So the cop's misbehavior turned into a case about the accused crime of the cop's victim.
    We have allies many of you are not aware of. Watch the tube. Show this to your 30 and under friends. Listen to it. Even if you don't like rap, it has 2.7 million views.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmBnvajSfWU#t=0m16s

    Cut off one min early to avoid war porn.






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