Skip to comments.Old Man Says Cop Beat Him for Trying to Help
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.
Well, let's see it then
Yeah, but they are unionized, doesn’t that say something for them?
LOL! Should be “Legal System Struggles With How To Snowjob the Public When Police Officers Lie”
Wonder if this was a State Police Officer or a local-yokel. For some reason it often seems that the local police frequently consists of a different quality - not saying they are all bad because they aren’t but sometimes the local ones are on a power trip passed down from family cop to family cop.
Never—never, mention citizen’s arrest to a cop.
Nothing riles a cop up like having the citizenry do their job for them. They immediately think Vigilante’s and realise that if Vigilantes do their job, they won’t be needed.
They go pschycho, when a citizen does their job.
This “man” is one of The Best and Brightest, gallantly standing between us and those who would prey upon us in the dark of the night.
Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Stinking Badgestard needs to be locked up reckless endangerment at the VERY least. When he dismissed the ambulance, he was actively preventing Mr. Henderson from receiving medical care for his injuries which could very well have proven to be fatal.
It seems thinking has gone the way of following the US Constitution.
Well if he has an IQ of 80; the runner ups are probably in the 70’s.
I always say that the LE community does a damn fine job of "making vietcong" out of normal civilians. You're right. One of these days, they're gonna need us, and they'll be screwed.
Presumed hell, I believe he did it and has gotten away with it.He knew he could do it and get away with it or he would not have done the deed.
a retired Army intelligence officer and veteran of World War II and of the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
You are of course correct. Sigh.
There are so many of these incidents that if someone posted every single incident on FR it would create a wall of text that would make it hard to find other subjects without doing keyword searches.
Who wants that?
Perfect justice demands perfect righteousness.
Where is the municipal or county District Attorney investigating the behavior of the LEO?
If not fully investigated, then the those enforcing justice are also corrupt.
BTW, there ARE good cops. My little town in Texas has all retired military as our police. They know us. I’d take a bullet for one of them. In a heartbeat.
The next town over, though? Let’s put it this way; They know our police will arrest them if they set foot in our town in uniform. No love. They’re thugs. I avoid that town like the plague.
Most of them go psycho if you just ask a simple question of them, or God forbid you question their justification about any of their actions...
That is a point I have tried to make many times here to those who refuse to believe we have a cop problem in this country.
You forgot something:
He needs to have shot at least two dogs in addition to roughing up or feeling up two pre-school kids.
Federal agents have their standards, you know.
Shoot, 'son' is just basic southern-speak for pal, bud, friend or pardner. Any cop working in Alabama who takes offense at that is too dumb to do a "fries with that?" job.
Fairhope is full of retired mìlitary.It used to be a really nice little bayside town. Now it is another tight suburb of Mobile.
don’t think the police much care about respect from the people any more. They see themselves as an occupying army in a hostile populace.
We have sort of the same thing in my small town. The boys on our football team are all good, fine, upstanding, all-American young men.
Those bastards on the team in the next town over are nothing but a bunch of cheating troublemakers and thugs, though.
I don't go over there, either.
I'm on the west bay. Fairhope is on the east bay and is a very good neighborhood...it is often at the top or close to the top of an 'ideal' place to live, retire and etc. The county voted 68% for George Bush.
Anyway, I don't much follow the local news and only know about this incident from reading FR.
Fairhope is to Mobile as Sausalito is to San Francisco.
That makes it even more interesting that this sort of thing is going on there.
I’d send it to the local newspaper instead
I was 100% dead serious about the situation with the local police. That you even think that has some equivalence to football teams is, well, let's say baffling. One has state sanctioned authority to detain and even kill you. The other is entertainment.
This isn't some "home team" rah rah garbage. It's part of why we live where we do, and why we don't live where we don't.
PS And no, I was not exaggerating the situation in the least.
My post was simply an (obviously weak) attempt at humor in pointing out that people are sometimes territorial in our perception of what is "good" and what is "bad". My small town is that way, and I guess I see it more because I have only lived here a couple of years. Folks here see "our" High School (and all of it's activities") as "good", while the next little town is, if not downright bad, then just simply "not as good". The same goes for OUR police department, OUR City Council... heck, even OUR Town Square (yes, we still have one) is prettier than "theirs". LOL
I get a kick out of it because as a military retiree (Army), I have lived all over the world and seen this same attitude everywhere. My post was just me pointing it out.
Sorry to have offended. Have a great week.
Apologies. Have a great week, too!
If the facts are as presented, I hope that old man owns himself a cop shop soon.
Didn't beat enough members of the public, prolly.
Sounds like politics. The ones you'd want in there, would never run.
Is it legal to use deadly force to protect a family member from the police? If not, why not? This cop could have killed her elderly husband with this rough treatment. When the govt fears the people, the people are free, when people fear the cops, we have tyranny. FIXED THAT SAYING DIDN’T I?
Wow....I had to come to FreeRepublic to find out what happened in my own backyard!
Wow....I had to come to FreeRepublic to find out what happened in my own backyard!
We have our share of retired military. Alot of retired folks from up north and Califoria, from all walks of life. Since I moved here 25 yrs ago, we've gone from a small town where everybody knew each other to an overcrowded town I barely recognize.
Even more relevant than the other officer calling the ambulance back is the identification of the broken nose and torn rotator cuff, IMO.
OTOH, what do you think of the way the plaintiff was restraining someone else's movement, preventing him from getting a ride from a third party? Mr. Henderson should consider himself lucky he isn't getting sued for violating another citizen's rights, too!
The writer of this piece did a good job giving us enough information to form an opinion.
He basically copied what the plaintiff's lawyer claimed, omitting some details (e.g., how the plaintiff had actively prevented the driver from getting a ride home). I don't think that's a "good job".
Maybe the taxpayers should give the guy a wad o' dough because he claims mental anguish and he can't get it on with the old lady. But if a plaintiff's legal filing alone told the whole story objectively, we wouldn't need such messy things as trials.
(The news keeps getting "better and better" everyday, doesn't it?
The "soft" tyranny is quickly becoming "harder" each day.)
I'm used to it. It comes with the territory of being a serial smartass. ;-)
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