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In Federal Suit, Man Claims DPD Stormed His House For No Reason, Beat the Hell Out of Him
Dallas Observer ^ | January 26, 2012 | Brantley Hargrove

Posted on 01/30/2012 8:28:31 AM PST by Altariel

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​Every once in a while, amid the stacks of semi-literate, pro se habeas corpus petitions, trademark suits and product liability complaints, there comes a federal filing so disturbing, so completely awful, that it leaves the reader with nothing but questions.

This week, it's Danny Cantu v. The City of Dallas and a whole passel of named and unnamed police officers. According to the complaint, which made its way to Courthouse News yesterday, Cantu, a diesel mechanic, was making his lunch January 22, 2010, when he saw a few cops streaking across his yard. A deafening explosion shook the room as a flash bomb shot through the door. Nearly 20 officers crashed in.

"Get on the ground!" they allegedly ordered him. Cantu, according to the complaint, obliged and was zipcuffed. Inexplicably, the filing claims, the officers kicked and punched him until he was unconscious, lying in a pool of his own blood on the kitchen floor. Meanwhile, they searched his house and allegedly didn't find what they were after. Cantu's alleged butcher's bill: a broken orbital bone, a broken nose, a concussion, traumatic brain injury, a loss of vision in his left eye and loss of hearing in his left ear. According to his complaint, the "injuries required surgical intervention and caused significant scarring and disfigurement."

Cantu was arrested but never charged with a crime. Indeed, a search of county court records yielded no charges under that name. Dallas Police spokesman Kevin Janse told Unfair Park neither the raid nor the name rang a bell. Nobody from the City Attorney's office was available to comment. None of Cantu's attorneys -- there are three -- responded to many messages left for comment. And nobody answered calls placed to a number listed under Cantu's name.

He's seeking unspecified damages to compensate him for his medical bills, mental anguish and disfigurement, among other things

Now for a little unsubstantiated speculation: If the allegations in the lawsuit are true, did police hit the wrong address? Or did they hit the right address on wrong information?

If the parties don't settle this quietly and if we hear back from Cantu or his attorneys, we'll update accordingly.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: banglist; communism; corruption; dallas; donutwatch; fraud; govtabuse; jbt; leo; leoterrorism; lping; nazistate; policestate; rapeofliberty; swat; texas; tyranny

1 posted on 01/30/2012 8:28:40 AM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel

The guy needs to get some dogs.


2 posted on 01/30/2012 8:31:30 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

Yet more heroism from our doughnut eating dog-shooters.


3 posted on 01/30/2012 8:33:22 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Altariel
No mention of ever seeing the warrant, even long after the invasion.

Sounds like Dallas is lost and we need to withdraw.

4 posted on 01/30/2012 8:37:43 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

You think if he had dogs the police would have worked out all of their aggression by shooting them, and not beating the man half to death instead?


5 posted on 01/30/2012 8:38:12 AM PST by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Paladin2
The guy needs to get some dogs.

So the SWAT team can shoot up the place too?

6 posted on 01/30/2012 8:38:47 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: KarlInOhio

At least there would be some physical evidence left behind.


7 posted on 01/30/2012 8:41:25 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Altariel

If that ever happened to me or mine I wouldn’t be so polite as to use the courts for justice.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 8:42:06 AM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: Altariel

“Cantu was arrested but never charged with a crime”

 

Cantu was detained for everyone’s safety and the premises were searched he was given a massage but never charged with a crime.

 

(fixed)

9 posted on 01/30/2012 8:43:19 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Altariel

So, uh, was the guy eventually able to finish making his lunch?

...


10 posted on 01/30/2012 8:48:53 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Altariel
So actually cops (I have no problem believing that sadly) or just people dressed up as cops?
11 posted on 01/30/2012 8:49:25 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (In the good times praise His name, In the bad times do the same, In everything give thanks)
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To: Altariel

Here’s the part that bothers me:

Now for a little unsubstantiated speculation:
If the allegations in the lawsuit are true, did police hit the wrong address? Or did they hit the right address on wrong information?

Sounds like the writer is giving SWAT an “out”.

On a related subject, several months back I was getting into my car in a very crowded supermarket parking lot when I heard the usual “Get down! Get down now!” He kept screaming it over and over. I looked a few rolls over and a Constable had his gun drawn pointing at someone who was getting into his car. The guy looked around like “You talkin’ to me?” The cop kept screaming and finally the guy went to the ground.

I don’t know if the guy was guilty of anything or not. But was this cop going to open fire in a crowded parking lot with kids running around? Sadly, the answer is probably “yes”.


12 posted on 01/30/2012 8:49:46 AM PST by Terry Mross (We need a second party.)
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13 posted on 01/30/2012 8:52:55 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Altariel

It truly is getting to be a weekly thing with these type of stories.I can’t imagine just sitting in my home minding my own business and having something like this happen.When did America become a controlled police state?


14 posted on 01/30/2012 9:04:49 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Altariel

Terrorism, n.


The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. See also antiterrorism; combating terrorism; counterterrorism; force protection condition; terrorist; terrorist groups.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.

15 posted on 01/30/2012 9:05:11 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: Altariel; Paladin2

also quite possible that this is nothing but pure fiction from someone seeking an out of court settlement


16 posted on 01/30/2012 9:15:29 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

How would you account for his injuries, then?


17 posted on 01/30/2012 9:17:28 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: GeronL

The self-inflicted broken nose was a nice touch..../s


18 posted on 01/30/2012 9:19:27 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: rockrr; Altariel

The reporter said they couldn’t contact him or his lawyers and the jail or court had no record of him??

I might have misread something, but it sounds like it hasn’t been confirmed that this actually happened.

*shrug*


19 posted on 01/30/2012 9:30:10 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Durus
Something like that. Anything to avoid doing what they did.

I'd still like to read the warrant (and see who signed it).

20 posted on 01/30/2012 9:30:19 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: rockrr

Maybe his wife is the perp?


21 posted on 01/30/2012 9:31:25 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Terry Mross

Ahh, Vermont?


22 posted on 01/30/2012 9:33:57 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: chris_bdba
It truly is getting to be a weekly thing with these type of stories.I can’t imagine just sitting in my home minding my own business and having something like this happen.When did America become a controlled police state?

Don't believe any of it. This could never happen in America. /s

23 posted on 01/30/2012 9:37:46 AM PST by D Rider
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To: GeronL

The lawyers have not yet responded to the author. That doesn’t indicate that nothing happened.

Why are some of the officers named? How did he get those injuries? Those are two questions that must be satisfactorily answered by those who insist the victim concocted a story.


24 posted on 01/30/2012 9:38:44 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: Terry Mross
Here's the source of the inside, old time "joke" (between the ice on many Vermont ski slopes and the technique of Jean Claude Killy); Ahh, Vermont (Avalement)
25 posted on 01/30/2012 9:44:37 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: GeronL
You should strongly consider putting down the Hopium Pipe.

The popos claim that this never happened?

26 posted on 01/30/2012 9:47:01 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Altariel

I’m marking this one “insufficient information for judgement.” No public records, nothing from the victim’s attorneys, nothing but the victim’s story. At this stage it’s impossible to know what, if anything, happened.


27 posted on 01/30/2012 11:47:13 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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