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Old Man Says Cop Beat Him for Trying to Help
Courthouse News ^ | Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | By STEVEN CALLEGAN

Posted on 05/21/2011 12:15:50 PM PDT by Fitzy_888

Fairhope, Ala. (CN) - A police officer beat an elderly man who called 911 to report an accident and stop a drunken driver from leaving the scene of a crime, according to a complaint in Baldwin County Court.

Dorsey Henderson says he investigated an auto accident that happened across the street from his house. After determining that one of the drivers was belligerently intoxicated, he told the man not to leave and called the police.

When Officer Trent Scott arrived on the scene, Henderson tried to tell him what had happened and that he had put the driver under "citizen's arrest" because he was trying to leave. Officer Scott told Henderson there is "no such thing as citizen's arrest in Alabama," adding "get out of the way[,] old man."

While citizen's arrest is a gray area in Alabama, Henderson says he had "only been trying to help."

Nevertheless, Scott put him in an arm bar, tearing the man's rotator cuff, and walked him across the street.

When they were back in Henderson's driveway, Scott "slammed" the elderly man face first into the driveway, breaking his nose and his glasses. Scott "proceeded to beat" Henderson in "the back of the head, neck and arms." Scott did not arrest Henderson or charge him with any crime.

Henderson's wife, Dorris, watched from a wheelchair 18 feet away and called 911, saying that Scott was "beating the hell out of my husband." When the ambulance arrived, Scott sent it away, handcuffed the man and put him in the back of his patrol car.

Scott's superior showed up, released Henderson and called the ambulance back to treat Henderson and bring him to Thomas Hospital.

As of May 16, 2011, Officer Trent Scott was still employed by the Fairhope Police Department.

Henderson and his wife seek damages for constitutional violations. They are represented D. Keith Landers of Daphne, Ala.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: al; alabama; baldwincounty; corruption; donutwatch; dorseyhenderson; govtabuse; leo; lping; moralabsolutes; policestate; roguecop; trentscott
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1 posted on 05/21/2011 12:15:53 PM PDT by Fitzy_888
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To: Fitzy_888

fat dumb and wrong=cops in America today


2 posted on 05/21/2011 12:17:26 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Fitzy_888

A disgrace on every level.


3 posted on 05/21/2011 12:19:37 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Thank you, Dubya and U.S. military. You did not falter. You did not fail.)
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To: Fitzy_888

Dumbed down America also means dumbed down cops.

That is so sad. That poor wife, unable to help her husband.


4 posted on 05/21/2011 12:20:03 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Fitzy_888

Typical cop on a power trip. Never initiate contact with the police. Many are either corrupt or are on a power trip. Every encounter with the police is a potential life threatening situation.


5 posted on 05/21/2011 12:20:03 PM PDT by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Fitzy_888
"Henderson's wife, Dorris, watched from a wheelchair 18 feet away and called 911..."

Goog thing she didn't try to record it or she'd have got the beat-down too.

6 posted on 05/21/2011 12:21:48 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oooops...”Good thing”, not “Goog thing”!


7 posted on 05/21/2011 12:22:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Fitzy_888

The “cop” should go to prison. This one was an ego with a uniform. Unbelievable.


8 posted on 05/21/2011 12:24:12 PM PDT by fwdude (Prosser wins, Goonions lose.)
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To: Fitzy_888

Unbelievable! What was this cop thinking?


9 posted on 05/21/2011 12:24:55 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: Fitzy_888

The police these days are digging themselves a DEEP hole.

One day, they are going to need ‘us’, but most people will just stand there and watch, as they are eaten by the ‘zombies’.

They would have brought that fate upon themselves....


10 posted on 05/21/2011 12:25:45 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Fitzy_888
Officer Scott told Henderson there is "no such thing as citizen's arrest in Alabama,

Just another union tough-guy protecting his job.

11 posted on 05/21/2011 12:29:43 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: yldstrk

Yep - fat, dumb, lazy and loud. Unless and until LE cleans up its own many rotten crooked bastards, none of them are entitled any respect.


12 posted on 05/21/2011 12:29:49 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Fitzy_888

Like they say, there is no situation so bad that it can’t be made worse with the addition of a cop on the scene. Not all cops of course, but getting the wrong cop is like winning the lottery in reverse.


13 posted on 05/21/2011 12:32:02 PM PDT by Newtoidaho (Liberals: drooling buffoons (politicians/media/ bureaucrats) backed by satanic goons (union thugs).)
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To: yldstrk

“Union Thug” alert | one more cop who should be in prison celebrating his new girlfriend named Bubba


14 posted on 05/21/2011 12:34:06 PM PDT by Lloyd227 (Class of 1998 (let's all help the Team McCain spider monkeys decide how to moderate))
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To: Fitzy_888

did you ever watch Alaska State Troopers on the National Geographic Channel?

they treat the citizenry with ultimate disrespect and are elitist when it comes to the people’s constitutional rights....(If I ran the state police in Alaska I certainly would not want a reality show of this type, especially from what I have seen).

the word Nazis comes to mind when I watch that show....


15 posted on 05/21/2011 12:35:06 PM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Fitzy_888

The only time in my life I was robbed was by uniformed San Francisco police officers.

I don’t have tattoos, wear hip-hop clothing, and I don’t smart off to cops. I never drink and have never smoked pot.

Did I mention I also used to work for a PD...?

I was shocked to the core —I’m still shocked.

I’m sorry to say I believe this story completely.


16 posted on 05/21/2011 12:35:12 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Fitzy_888
Yikes. I wanted to see what this guy looked like and found this photo...when he was named Officer of the Month last November. Wonder what the runners up are like!


17 posted on 05/21/2011 12:39:08 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Albion Wilde
There are people who are constituted in such a way that they would make excellent policemen. The problem is that many of them are not drawn to the job. Then there are those who should never be policemen--kids who were picked on in school and want a chance to "get even", sadists, trigger-happy cowboy mentality losers who were refused military service for any number of good reasons. When they make the force, it's trouble (if not tragedy) waiting to happen, and it happens alot.

Such is life. A cop gets out of line with me, he'll get a real quick adjustment. I have family members who are (excellent) policemen. I have acquaintences (not really friends, but kids I grew up with) who are cops, but who never should be. I've heard some of them in the local pub bragging about committing felonies in court to convict some innocent person of a misdemeanor.

Once in a while, the Chief gets an anonymous CD with film/tape of the loudmouth imbecile(s) in flagrante delicto.

Such is life.

8^D

;-\

18 posted on 05/21/2011 12:42:44 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval")
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To: KoRn
The police these days are digging themselves a DEEP hole.

One day, they are going to need ‘us’, but most people will just stand there and watch, as they are eaten by the ‘zombies’.

They would have brought that fate upon themselves....

I reached that point when the Sherriff's Association here in Florida opposed Open Carry. If I ever witness some bad-ass dude beating the crap out of a police officer, my only dilemma will be choosing the f-stop on my camera. After all, I can't be trusted to protect myself with a firearm.

19 posted on 05/21/2011 12:47:42 PM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Fitzy_888
I think these facts are very relevant in that they make a strong case that we are getting an accurate picture of the incident.

The writer of this piece did a good job giving us enough information to form an opinion.

Henderson's wife, Dorris, watched from a wheelchair 18 feet away and called 911, saying that Scott was "beating the hell out of my husband." When the ambulance arrived, Scott sent it away, handcuffed the man and put him in the back of his patrol car.

Scott's superior showed up, released Henderson and called the ambulance back to treat Henderson and bring him to Thomas Hospital.

As of May 16, 2011, Officer Trent Scott was still employed by the Fairhope Police Department.

20 posted on 05/21/2011 12:48:06 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Fitzy_888

If this PIG doesn’t go to prison for what he did then it is up to everyone in the state to know his name and place of residence, and the names and places of residence of his bosses and the DA who let him go. While we are all busy watching the Kabuki Theater in DC worrying about out “rights”, our own cities and states have been taken over by Naziesque thugs.

Their time will come.


21 posted on 05/21/2011 12:48:25 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Fitzy_888

I may be mistaken, but I thing Fairhope is full of retaired military.


22 posted on 05/21/2011 12:53:43 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: Fitzy_888
This is so wrong on so many levels. It definitely lowers citizens respect for police, many of whom are decent people doing a crappy job. It also demonstrates the sheer stupidity of this particular cop (Trent Scott). That he presumed he could beat up an old man (on his own property) for no good reason, in full public view, and get away with it is outrageous but indicates a sense of invincibility and superiority in this town's police department.

I feel very sorry for the victim, Dorsey Henderson - and his wife who had to watch her husband be beaten and was helpless to stop it. I hope they receive a big, fat cash settlement from the town and just as important, that Officer Scott be fired for abusing his authority. If this man is 'Officer of the Month', that department is in serious trouble and more than one 'head should roll'. If the union protects him, shame on them and the citizens that allow this kind of corruption to exist in the police department they support with their tax dollars.

23 posted on 05/21/2011 12:54:53 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Gargantua

“kids who were picked on in school and want a chance to “get even””

More likely the bullies who picked on them. Bullies never grow up. Nerds sometimes do.


24 posted on 05/21/2011 12:56:28 PM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: Fitzy_888

UPDATE HERE:

http://www.baldwincountynow.com/articles/2011/05/21/local_news/doc4dd7edbeac905585537483.txt

Naturally the cops have released their version of events. Naturally they blame the old man.

Who is 84 YEARS OLD, for crying out loud.


25 posted on 05/21/2011 12:56:31 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Fitzy_888

Sometimes the ONLY difference between the police and the criminals is the badge.


26 posted on 05/21/2011 12:58:55 PM PDT by getarope (Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!)
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To: Fitzy_888

Badgelickers in with “The old man did not comply with the officer’s instructions, therefore he had it coming” in 3...2...1...


27 posted on 05/21/2011 12:59:33 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Blacks are not inferior, but it is racist to hold them to the same standards as everyone else.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

More like “Good think she didn’t have a loaded rifle and used it”.

What a crazed Ahole.


28 posted on 05/21/2011 1:05:36 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Responsibility2nd
They need to release that tape then. If the events on the tape differ substantially from the account in the original "Courthouse News" article, and show the elderly man interfering with the officer rendering aid to injured parties in the accident, then I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the officer.
29 posted on 05/21/2011 1:05:45 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

So if they are “vindicated” by the tapes, why are they seeking a settlement? The man’s lucky he AND his wife weren’t shot where they stood/sat.


30 posted on 05/21/2011 1:08:32 PM PDT by Politicalmom (“You mess with Israel, you mess with the U.S.”-Herman Cain)
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To: KoRn
The police these days are digging themselves a DEEP hole.

Of that there is no doubt, everyone knows this except LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.

There are no policemen anymore.

31 posted on 05/21/2011 1:10:39 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle
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To: Fitzy_888
Yep! Cop was simply trying out for a job with the TSA, BATF, or FBI...

However, there would have to have been a 2-6 year old child as a secondary target of his rampage to secure him one of the higher paying positions with the feds...

In addition, he didn't use current correct police tactics when he failed to tase the old man into a heart attack once he had him on the ground...

Definitely needs further training...

32 posted on 05/21/2011 1:12:09 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Fitzy_888
Henderson and his wife seek damages for constitutional violations.

I hope they break the city, if the city can't cover it, go after the state.

Cops need to be fired and put on trial.

How absolutely sick.

33 posted on 05/21/2011 1:14:20 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: Fitzy_888

I bet this thug-with-a-badge will get promoted!


34 posted on 05/21/2011 1:16:53 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Fitzy_888

SHOCKING beyond words!

“As of May 16, 2011, Officer Trent Scott was still employed by the Fairhope Police Department. “

I suppose a UNION LAWYER for the police department will defend him.

BTW, is this a “hate crime”?

What are the skin colors involved?

I always get suspicious when they are only present for SOME crimes reported.


35 posted on 05/21/2011 1:18:44 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Impy; bamahead

What is it with cops now? There seem to be a lot of stories like this.


36 posted on 05/21/2011 1:21:35 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: blam

Ping. Aren’t you nearby? Any inside scoop? I haven’t read the thread yet to see if you are here already.


37 posted on 05/21/2011 1:23:06 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

And you didn’t post this because???


38 posted on 05/21/2011 1:27:08 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 849 of our national holiday from reality. - OBL Dead? The TSA can go away!)
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To: Travis McGee; Jack Black

Is anyone running a “questionable cops” and “raids gone bad” ping list?

This cop should be blood tested for steroid use, as should most of the cops in these sorts of incidents. I bet there are a large percentage of these cases that are attributable to ‘roid rage.


39 posted on 05/21/2011 1:28:48 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FightThePower!

I disagree. I think most cops are good cops, who try to do the right thing. This is not one of them. I hope Hendersons lawyer is a good one, and someone got this psycho cop on video. He should not only be fired, and sued for his last cent, he should be sent into the general population for his ptison sentence.


40 posted on 05/21/2011 1:32:54 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: razorback-bert
I may be mistaken, but I thing Fairhope is full of retired military.

Cat IVs and those with DD or BCD checked on their DD-214s?

41 posted on 05/21/2011 1:38:32 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: FreedomPoster
Is anyone running a “questionable cops” and “raids gone bad” ping list?

I tried to start one but Jim Robinson flung a hissy said posts like this one are nothing more than spam...

Every time I post such a story it gets booted to the chat section and my account ends up in moderation for a few days...

42 posted on 05/21/2011 1:39:20 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

Hmmm. I reckon that doesn’t stop us from pinging you...


43 posted on 05/21/2011 1:45:46 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 849 of our national holiday from reality. - OBL Dead? The TSA can go away!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Police spokesman said the cops vehicle camera recorded the entire incident. If true, that will settle things. But I would think the attorney representing the plaintiff would have viewed the video and advised his client to NOT file charges, if the lawyer is HONEST and the cop did nothing wrong. BE interesting to see the outcome of this.


44 posted on 05/21/2011 1:47:35 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: TruthConquers
That poor wife, unable to help her husband.

My wife would have shot him dead.

45 posted on 05/21/2011 1:48:03 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Naturally the cops have released their version of events.

Which are contradictory. They claim "absolutely no abuse" but then say in the same breath that the accused officer was the one who called for medical assistance to Henderson. If there was no abuse, exactly how did Henderson get in such a way that immediate emergency medical care was somehow needed?

And do they have motorized camera mounts in the car that track the officer's movements? The beat down allegedly took place in Henderson's driveway yet they say that the camera in the squad car exonerates their hero. Did the camera somehow show Henderson tearing his own rotator cuff, smashing his own face into the driveway and bruising himself on the neck, head and back or did some other thugs come by? How do they dismiss the 911 call by Henderson's incapacitated wife? If a orderly LEO is on the scene, why call 911 again to report a beat-down?

In view of the Indiana Supreme Court's decision that somehow illegal B&E by rogue officers can be remedied in court - it is pretty damned obvious that there is no justice and that the officer's employers are highly motivated to perjure themselves and blame the vic in their kangaroo courts

46 posted on 05/21/2011 1:50:45 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: null and void
You right, maybe that's what we need to do is group up, spread these stories around amongst us all and then have a ping list.

That way no one of us gets popped for posting them all.

Here are two good sources for police misconduct news.

http://twitter.com/#!/InjusticeNews

http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/

47 posted on 05/21/2011 1:54:06 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: TruthConquers

Too bad she wasn’t armed and didn’t shoot the POS thugcop dead. Would have been a clean shoot.


48 posted on 05/21/2011 1:54:59 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: The Theophilus
Legal System Struggles With How to React When Police Officers Lie

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123319367364627211.html

49 posted on 05/21/2011 1:56:09 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: piytar
Would have been a clean shoot.

I bet she'd of died the same way that Marine did in AZ recently, in a hail of 71 rounds then left to bleed out as EMS was held from the scene for over 1 hour.

50 posted on 05/21/2011 1:57:46 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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