Skip to comments.State trooper convicted of official oppression for illegal searches
Posted on 05/25/2014 10:27:43 AM PDT by eastforker
A former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to performing illegal body cavity searches on two women last July along a Dallas-area highway
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It’s probably wrong to generalize about such a huge state, but Texas seems to actually be punishing some bad cops and prosecutors lately.
SMART-*SS RESPONSE: No, she's not appealing at all.
SERIOUS RESPONSE: She's convicted of official oppression but could still keep her job? What the **** does it take to lose a LEO license in Texas?!
Don’t know if official oppression is a felony, or not, but it still has an effect on her ability to hold a law enforcement position. Derogatory background information is a juicy target for defense lawyers.
No, that particular charge can only be charged as a Class A misdemeanor. That said, if there was another crime done in concert with that crime, such as certain assaults or bribery or graft, then the other crime could be charged as a felony. But the crime you named on it’s own, cannot. You can see the statute at: http://law.onecle.com/texas/penal/39.03.00.html
In a cop-related website, Jim Glenning, a career cop and owner of the Street Survival Seminar, defended the actions of cops in an Albuquerque shooting, and used that one defense as a basis to conclude that the perception of cops as abusive or as killers was totally false.
He was asked to review all such reported abusive incidents in the last few years, and then draw a conclusion.
He is invited to add this to his review, if he ever decides to do it.
Considering the fact that she didn’t change gloves between “searching” the two victims, a suit for medical malpractice while practicing medicine without a license might be in order.
Oh, I am sure there is going to be a huge lawsuit associated with this. If this idiot ex-trooper has professional liability insurance I am sure they are looking to cut a check and not go to court.
No kidding. I thought Texas was supposed to be so great. Its slipping.
Case again for ‘street justice’.
Thanks for the ping
Cops are too hyper-vigilant. Everyone is a suspect, everyone poses a threat to them.
This mindset is leading to these abuses. Folks are getting hurt/killed at the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.
Police forces around the nation are looking more like paramilitary rather than cops.
Wait.....the state made a law against oppressing citizens with government authority and it’s A MISDEMEANOR??!
That shouldn’t even be a felony, it should be a special class of super-felony subject to capital punishment, shunning of all your relatives, your house gets converted into a public restroom and any mention of you is expunged from history.
Any person acting with the authority of the State needs to be held personally accountable for malfeasance or abuse of that power.
They need to be personally civilly liable to anyone they violate.
And, actually, they should be required to obtain malfeasance insurance from a private insurer, who sets individual rates based on risk. That way, it becomes too expensive for a crooked gov’t agent to remain employed as such.
Our plans (see below your post) would make it less attractive for people to pursue gov’t jobs....
I completely agree! Our laws are so screwed up. It’s time for the roaches to take over the world, because we don’t have what it takes. :-/
Onoz! We have so few goobermint employees as it is.....oh, wait.....
(Just agreeing with you in a sarcastic Gabon)
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