Skip to comments.(TN) $1.9 Million Lawsuit Says City Officer Got Mad When Driver Tooted At Her At Green Light
Posted on 04/24/2011 7:29:00 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
A $1.9 million federal lawsuit has been filed against the city police department and a city police officer alleging that the officer got mad when a motorist behind her tooted his horn after she did not move when the light turned green.
Larry Ballanger filed the suit that names Cristina Henderson as a defendant.
The suit alleges false arrest and false imprisonment.
The complaint, filed by attorney Curtis Bowe, says Mr. Ballanger was on his way to work on the afternoon of April 23, 2010, when he got behind a patrol car driven by officer Henderson.
It says the light at 6106 Lee Highway turned green and three cars passed, but the officer kept looking down. It was then that Mr. Ballanger blew his horn.
The suit says the officer immediately pulled off the road and got behind the Ballanger vehicle. She followed him over two miles to the entrance to the Brainerd Walmart, then engaged her blue lights and stopped him.
(Excerpt) Read more at chattanoogan.com ...
Seems to always be the case... pointing to cops unlawfully overreacting.
Why does this sound like an officer getting pissed off over being “disrespected”?
This is just weird.
I got pulled over for honking at someone who slammed on his breaks in 40 mile an hour traffic to let a cop merge in (from a stop sign)
I was ‘lucky’ to not get cited for using my horn in a non-emergency situation and I told the guy abusing his power, err the officer just keeping the public safe, that unexpectedly going from 40 to 0 is an emergency. Then i remembered that correctness had nothing to do with the traffic stop and “Yes Sir”ed until he was done letting me know who the boss was.
Can we see a photo Officer Henderson, preferably a mugshot?
Dont you know who i am!
Suspend the female officer!
I toot in her general direction.
I read this story and hand to God, I do make this up.
Three nights ago I am driving home. The are working on our road at night. Traffic one way, then the other....not a problem, I get this.
So I’m stopped and for twenty minutes...NOTHING! No traffic coming at me, nothing. It was very late, I wanted to get home. I could understand them closing a lane, leeting one side go, then the other. But they stopped me yet nothing was coming the other way. twenty minutes!
So I shout at the guy with the stop sign...hey, I was probably loud, and a bit angry, but I asked him when he was going to let us go. did not cuss, did not call him names, shut up after he answered with the silly response that he would let us go after last car came from other lane as NO , cars were coming from other lane, which was my complaint.
State cop there on side of road, saunters up to me. Got an attitude like a man put on a uniform and became all powerful, all knowing. He indicates for me to roll down my passenger window, which I do. He asks me what am I doing. I tell him I am asking the traffic guy a question, is this against some kind of rule?
Mr. Big Man In a Uniform, all powerful with a swagger can be seen a block away, launches into a lecture about how I would be the first to complain if the road were left potholed, how I shouldn’t yell at the poor man directing traffic. Big cop man then tells me to pull over to the side and now I’m really mad.
But I do, I maneuver in and out of the traffic cones. He wants my license, registration, proof of insurance. By now I’m feeling really mistreated. i call husband, say very loudly how I got a big cop here mistreating me, that I’d committed no crime. Husband on cell phone telling me to calm down, that this guy could shoot me like cops like to do to dogs that bark at them...pet dogs.
So I sit quiet but the cop won’t let me go. He’s got my license registration...sitting in his cop car, doing I don’t know what....punishing me.
This goes on for about ten to fifteen minutes. by now, the hell with it, I’m going to jail if need be because this guy is falsely imprisoning me in my own car, he’d not given me a ticket, I’d broken no law. I dunno, maybe a small lecture was warranted but even that was a stretch.
I start crying and begging the guy....”please let me go home. I’m sixty years old with a heart problem and my husband is sick and needs me.” Which was all true, in fact.
Cop, big man in town....yells “you just sit still and wait until I tell you you can go”. Whole time he’s got my license and stuff, husband on cell phone line begging me to sit quiet, this asshole imprisoning me in my own car with no benefit to me of judge or jury. Damn, he had on a cop uniform...that was authority enough, right?
I’m only a block from home, bear in mind. so I gather my purse, take key out of ignition, get out of my car and start walking. Cop jumps out of car asking me where the hell i was going. “I’m going home. I only live across the road.”
He runs up to me...GRABS ME...and tells me he’ll have my car towed and have me arrested for disturbing the peace. Imagine, walking upon a public road....disturbing the peace. I suppose he could have towed my car but by then I was just so upset I wanted to get home so bad before I punched this guy and really got into trouble.
But he grabs me and forces me back into my car. Only something changed. He went back to the cop car, got my license and stuff, told the traffic guy to stop traffic. He gave me my stuff back and told me to go on but don’t hit any traffic cones. And he asked, gently, why i was so upset.
I think he got scared when I got out of the car and started walkiing but it’s just a guess. But his attitude changed cause what’s he gonna tell his boss? Go with me here, I can write a line or two. That this sixty year old lady, returning home from late choir practice such was the thug she was, actually shouted at a traffic director. Then I’m walking home late at night cause he was falsely imprisoning me then towiing my car, then parked, out of the way, on the shoulder?
I was once married to a Baltimore city cop. While we might not have gotten along, he would NEVER have done such a stunt. this Delaware state cop was a man who thought he had almighty power.
And yeah, I’d have sued everyone on that force but I fought back and I’m glad I did. god knows the joy he was having hearing me sob and beg to go home.
Just an awful experience.
If this guy is telling the truth, he should sue that bitches ass off.
Thugcop put too small cuffs on too tight: “Mr. Ballanger said he suffered permanent damage to his right hand.”
Thugcop should have to pay up personally. Instead the taxpayers will pay for her arrogance, power-trip, and stupidity.
I’m thinking I would have hung up with hubby and dialed 911 and told them that I was being detained by an officer and that he was scaring me by being a bully. . .
He GRABBED you?
If he actually put his hands on you, this is assault. And this is why he turned all nice. He realized what he’d done.
I hope you’re thinking about making a complaint. Did you get his name and badge number?
Ha! Folks are so messed up. Get 5 no ticket cards and go home. This suit will get tossed.
I understand why you post these things but tell me you have the gall to punch your horn on a patrol officer.......
You think what is happening to our local police and the over-reaching of all federal law enforrcement is bad, then just wait until Obamacare starts deciding when you die.
“Contempt of Cop”, throw the book at him. Can’t have uppity citizens now, can we?
Was the dog shot?
Sounds to me like that person shouldn’t be a cop.
If a short honk of a car horn sets this jerk off, I’d hate to see what happens in a real crisis situation.
Advocating removal of the cop would be justice. Claiming compensation from tax payer is corruption
That was not a cop but a slimey. POS that should lose his badge, license and job for that load of BS!
Mark my words, that cretin in uniform will get what for in due time. If Life has taught me anything, it is that you get back what you send out into the world and these power mad, jack-asses in uniform are just begging for cosmic retribution.
With sincere apologies to all the good law enforcement folks out there, but this diatribe is directed to those who abuse their position rather than uphold the law.
The suit should be against the LEO Union and not the city.
The unions keep bad patrolman on the streets.
“He GRABBED you?
If he actually put his hands on you, this is assault. And this is why he turned all nice. He realized what hed done.”
I doubt it. State laws could vary but I believe when a person is pulled over for a traffic stop, they are technically under arrest, or legally detained, or something like that. A person just can’t walk away. I’m sure Fishtalk is a nice person and all, but we’re only getting one side of the story, not that it would matter to the FR cop haters.
I see nothing wrong wit tooting a horn to let a cop or anybody know thatthe light has changed. Cop was a jerk. Lots of cops are jerks. Some are born that way, some are made that way by the job.
The problem is....
WAY too many of us have had similar situatons or worse - without EVER having a positive cop expereince.
Now - they exist to protect themselves. their unions, and their government -from us.
Sounds like he needs to be told what for.
I know. I really don’t think I would ask a patrol officer to move. If this traffic stop was motivated by vengeance, the judge should identify and squash it.
We must hold our keepers of the law to a high level.
Are you the resident bootlicker?
Nah! Don’t get messed up on this. To be real, there is not one person here that would blast their horn at an officer on patrol. What is he to think................
Very narrow minded MMT.
This is not a story. Call it what you want. NON-Sequitur comes to mind.
Well, I really don’t know how to respond to your story, since you start by swearing that you’re making it up. A typo or just seeing if we’re paying attention?
Anyhow, I beeped and my son was mortified, convinced we would go to jail. Though he did hear my beep, the cop didn't give me a glance. Like he does that sort of thing all of the time.
Ah. That explains it.
Delaware troopers all suffer from "small state complex".
I’m sorry. If I said I was making it up it’s an error.
I do that as a cute effect, like Dave Berry. But if you leave out a word it kind of matters, huh?
No, it’s a true story.
Oh wow, I got a lot of responses AFTER I shut down and went to bed.
You know, I thought of doing just that. Except, well way I figgered, 911-they’re cops right?
I got worried they would collaborate with the guy.
But I did come so close.
And btw, husband can, of course, verify my story. He heard every word the cop said. Husband is a bit of a wimp and he was absolutely terrified the cop would maybe shoot me.
I know that’s a bit far-fetched but husband was scared to death about this...that the cop, who was obviously so full of himself and it came across via the cell phone lines...the cop would get a real attitude and figure I might need to be calmed down with a bullet.
I know someone else said about so many bad cop experiences and this is just so true any more. My husband practically sobs when he hears stories of cops shooting pet dogs.
And you do hear this a lot. Seems they don’t want to be bothered with calming, putting away the pet. Hey, MY dog would bark at a cop come to the door...it’s what dogs do.
But you read so often where the cop, boom, takes out his or her gun and shoots the poor dog. Heartbreaking. Husband was terrified this cop was going to shoot ME.
You all heard the story of the Delaware basketball pole? This horrific incident also involved a Del. state trooper. Glen Beck covered it.
He GRABBED me Auntie Mame....he put his hands on me. He not only grabbed me, he pulled me back to my Jeep and shoved me into the drivers seat.
I know who he is. I’m still pondering what to do.
Tears spring to my eyes over your and other responses.
This really happened to me...just this past Weds 4/20/11. Husband is complete witness...he was on my cell phone the whole time.
He thought the cop was waaaaaaaaaay, waaaaaay out of bounds and was terrified I’d either be shot or taken to jail.
Like I said, I was once married to a Baltimore city cop. I know how cops are supposed to act. My ex-spouse was a stellar cop, keeping the peace in a crime-filled city.
First off, ex-husband would REFUSE to be part of any job that had him sitting and babysitting state traffic controllers but here in Delaware of late this is what they do.
Yeah, it was horrible behavior and I daresay no normal Freeper I know would have thought it was just A-ok.
Douche bag on her cell phone gets honked at, affirmative action cop or not.
That's the way it is.
My first thought is how these guys are retaliatory and if you go to his supervisor he could get all his buds to lie in wait and harass you and your family. Then again, his supervisor might be grateful you brought this to his attention.
You might consider speaking to a criminal lawyer about this, if you can find one who is competent. And tell EVERYBODY you know who lives in your area what happened and who the cop is.
The thing of it is, if this officer continues to get away with this type of behavior, he’ll either continue to harass innocent citizens or go on to do worse things.
I’m glad you are all right anyway. And you don’t deserve to be treated this way.
The lower the qualifications to be a LEO the lower the quality of the department. It really can’t drop much further.
DO NOT WAIT~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AT BARE MINIMUM FILE A COMPLAINT~@!@!@!@!@!
THIS WOULD GET THEM TO NOTICE HIM AND BE GOOD WRITTEN HISTORY FOR WHEN THEY FIRE HIS ASS
BEFORE HE DOES THIS TO ANYONE ELSE
As a side note, I once got a flat tire in the middle of the desert in arizona- an officer pulled over on a side street- climbed a barbed wire fence (and cut himself) to bring over a jack and some water and help me change my tire (it was a new truck- I didnt notice missing jack)
I wrote a NICE thank you letter to his CO
Be sure to thank the good ones, especially in writing
I've heard that they actually have an upper limit on intelligence to be a cop. They don't want people who may get bored on the job.
They’ve attained their goal!
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