Skip to comments.Sept 2011: Five ft tall man with Down Syndrome beaten by Police-bulge in pants:Colostomy Bag
Posted on 02/25/2014 9:32:06 PM PST by Altariel
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLORIDA - All Gilberto Powell, 22, a five foot tall man with Down Syndrome, wanted to do was walk a half block home from a friend's house, but this was enough time and distance for the police to intervene.
Police "followed" Powell because they noticed a "bulge in his pants." He was not happy to see the cops; this was only his colostomy bag (which police ripped from his body). Powell was then beaten down in the street by police, leaving him bruised and battered from blows to the face.
The beating officer insisted Powell ran, but Powell disputes this and said he did everything he could to comply. When Powell's mother asked the cop if he could tell her son had Down's Syndrome, the cop said he wasn't a doctor.
Powell said he felt "helpless" and wants an apology from the police. He also wants to community to be aware that this could happen to YOU
Full Title: Five Foot Tall Man With Down Syndrome Beaten By Police For Bulge In Pants That Turns Out To Be Only A Colostomy Bag
Just Protecting and Serving.
Mr. Powell, the police owe you more than an apology. They owe you money, big time.
By the way: The police should have NO authority to order citizens to stop just because they have "bulges in their pants".
Methinks that the police officers suffer from feelings of inadequacy.
My first wife used to beat me because the “bulge in my pants” wasn’t big enough. I’m speaking about my wallet, of course.
Just think what they would have done to John Holmes. He’d been shot on sight. Cop: “I thought he had a rocket launcher in his pants.”
This is the way of the world, under Obama Amin.
Is it true that anyone with an IQ greater than 100 is prohibited from becoming a cop?
These ‘mistakes’ are happening WAY too often. And I notice that it never seems to happen to some of the gangbangers or yutes in our cities.
This is an outrage.
Gee, every cop is trained to recognize a colostomy bag, yep they should have known. A bulge in the pants could be a colostomy bag, a gun or an erection. They should wait and see and risk their live while waiting.
Good thing he wasn’t walking his dog.
Instead big government sends strangers with guns into your local community to "protect you" and things like this happen.
“Gee, every cop is trained to recognize a colostomy bag, yep they should have known. A bulge in the pants could be a colostomy bag, a gun or an erection. They should wait and see and risk their live while waiting.”
They should have just left him the hell alone.
the coppers intervened for no apparent reason, certainly no legit reasons.....
Even when they ripped from his body they thought it was suspicious...They probably thought it was a terrorist bomb or some wierd drugs...They put it on the hood and started poking it with their night sticks...
I'm getting that monkey movie feeling again....
It's a mad house!
And if it had been a gun? What then? You would be speaking out the other side of your mouth and condemning the police for not acting.
You are the guy I have been looking for. I’m doing research on the taste of leather. Since you seem to have licked a few leather boots in your time, help me out, how do they really taste.
Um, we would be speaking out because people don’t have the right to bear arms? Is that what you’re saying?
Why would a Down Syndrome kid be carrying a gun?
Yeah, right. This kind of thing never happened before Obama. All we have to do now is wait for Obama to leave office and it will stop happening.
And the cops knew this? Even if they knew, you are telling me that a person with downs couldn’t be armed?
What if your glasses “might” actually carry a tiny explosive weapon? What if your watch “might” have a poisonous drug in it that you “could” use to kill someone? What if your cell phone “might” have a detonator for a bomb in it? If the police DEMAND that YOU have to stop walking on a public sidewalk based on their whims, will YOU submit? If not, then you are a hypocrite.
When Powell's mother asked the cop if he could tell her son had Down's Syndrome, the cop said he wasn't a doctor.
Hey doc they couldn't even tell this guy had Down's Syndrome.
So I'm confident these officers will now be up for promotion to detective!
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
What part of the above is so difficult to understand?
Thanks for the Retort of the ages! Rock on!
To keep crazy people from ripping off their colostomy bag?
Seems highly unlikely that the officers in question would be this badly trained as to fail to recognize someone with Down Syndrome, much less someone with a colostomy bag versus a gun.
True; you gotta watch out for your colostomy bag in Obama’s America.
Just what got this cope so interested? If Powell was doing nothing at all with thei threatening bag, why did this brave cop decide to roust him?
But, the cop went home safe that night, that is all that really matters, right?
just to relieve the monotony, let me argue the other side.
right now in this country, we have an epidemic of people running from the cops. its usually young Africa American males, who must have a gene that makes them right on site.
i’m not a cop and I don’t know any, but I can imagine the frustration that nowadays people don’t even have the common sense or even duty as a citizen to obey a cop.
now, of course, there will be tragedies. like the combination of a bad cop and maybe this down syndrome person.
but honestly, to me its a liberals whine to take one small example and say, we need to let people break the law.
Apparently, "doc" seems to be under the impression that we have an "it's totally OK to search any bulge bigger than yours" exception to the Fourth Amendment.
Are you a police officer? Do you have a background in law enforcement? I do. Until you put yourself in the shoes of the police ... judge not.
The cop involved has quite a history.
Then he was NOT arrested and let go....
It’s fair to say corrupt elements of law enforcement have been running wild under this president, for instance, the anal cavity search of that man in Arizona on a roadside, not to mention all the TSA insanity.
I can't imagine why....
A colostomy bag? Sheeh!
I'll put myself in the shoes of a free citizen, thank you very much. And as a free citizen, I judge the actions of all government officials based on the Constitution. If police officers cannot abide by those standards, then they should seek work elsewhere.
This cop is probably just sorry the guy did not have a dog with him he could have shot.
Things are different in Obama’s America.
And with all due respect, you have offered zero insight as to how a policeman really ought to handle this situation, other than a blanket stereotype of the “blue wall of silence”. The trust between people and police must not break down, or else anarchy will ensue. (Look at Detroit, after all.)
Let’s start over, with you on the scene of this young Downs man, not able to articulate clearly, with a bulge in his pants that may or may not be a firearmand you just implied that police training is not enough to differentiate between the two, somehow. What to do next? I’m listening.
You picked a real a winner to defend. Next time googling the officer’s name will save you a lot of embarrassment.
I'm think the employer of the public servant is more than justified in judging whether said public servant is serving the public's interest.
Was he doing anything...anything at all, wrong?
I know quite a few downs syndrome people...and quite a few people who are disabled with colostomy bags. Those people do not go out looking for trouble. People in those conditions are almost universally very reserved.
This is another travesty.
They allowed their, what I am willing to bet were unwarranted suspicions of him to cause them to intrude on his walk home, and when he was not fast enough responding to them (and Down’s Syndrome can easily make that happen), so they beat him to the ground and ripped his colostomy bag off of him.
It’s indefensible unless they can show in any way that he was participating in any criminal/illegal behavior, or that he was a threat to anyone. But it is a pretty sure thing that he wasn’t.
They should have just left him the hell alone.
Hey doc, ya wanna bet the tax payers down their Florida, who are already beat down, pay big time dollars for this beat down of this Down Syndrome kid?
By the time this is over, the local government and their agents down there will be happy to settle with our money!
Bet the rent.