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Why A Utah State Trooper Is Target of Class Action Suit By Drivers [false DUI arrests]
AOL Autos ^ | Dec 17, 2012

Posted on 01/07/2013 1:50:47 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

State troopers put their lives on the line every day. And the act of pulling someone over on a highway can be a deadly experience for any cop not following the best protocols. But police are also under great pressure to generate ticket revenue for their cities, counties and states, and their zeal to hit revenue targets can lead them to do the wrong thing.

So says a class action suit filed against the State of Utah and a specific state trooper who is accused of writing "driving under the influence" tickets when they weren't impaired.

State trooper Lisa Steed was honored inside the state police force for busting an extraordinary number of drunk drivers. But some of her convictions were subsequently over-turned, and the trooper was reprimanded and then fired for making false arrests.

Since Steed's performance and punishment were reported, dozens of people who were convicted have been signing up with lawyers for a class action suit. People convicted of DUI lost money, cars and trailers and even jobs, according to ABC 4 News/Salt Lake City.

One such plaintiff is Thomas Romero who was arrested by Steed in 2011. "I wasn't drunk ... I was not intoxicated. Nothing," Romero told ABC 4.

One of the representing attorneys, Robert Sykes, says he is looking at hundreds of drivers who may have been victimized. Sykes is ambitiously seeking that all DUI arrests by state troopers be over-turned in cases where the trooper was the only witness.

(Excerpt) Read more at autos.aol.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Utah
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Note that the article says "fired," not "sent to prison." Some animals are more equal than others.
1 posted on 01/07/2013 1:50:51 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

>>Note that the article says “fired,” not “sent to prison.” Some animals are more equal than others.

Unbelievable! This is how a Police State operates.


2 posted on 01/07/2013 1:53:25 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The trooper needs to be locked up with the general population and the state needs to pay large settlements the people that were arrested by her for DUI.


3 posted on 01/07/2013 1:57:22 PM PST by OKRA2012
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To: Slings and Arrows

Victor Davis Hanson wrote of something similar in central CA. The Sheriff’s deputies don’t bother much with tracking down the illegals who destroy, loot property; there’s no money there.

The bucks for local government comes from shaking down the law abiding for petty infractions.


4 posted on 01/07/2013 2:03:30 PM PST by Jacquerie ("How few were left who had seen the republic!" - Tacitus, The Annals)
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To: OKRA2012

One of those things might happen.


5 posted on 01/07/2013 2:04:08 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jacquerie

Sounds all too easy to believe.


6 posted on 01/07/2013 2:05:45 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Hi!! Donated yet?

Click the Pic.

7 posted on 01/07/2013 2:11:33 PM PST by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. Back from the Edge of the World, the results may shock you!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Read my:

How the Police Kidnapped Me, Stole My Car and then Mugged Me, All Within 24 Hours.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2553365/posts

They do it for the $17 a mile towing fee in Arizona.

Cost me $600 to get my car out of the impound lot which is owned by the cops brother-in-law.


8 posted on 01/07/2013 2:12:20 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: Slings and Arrows

This happened in FL somewhere. A fl trooper or something was lying on police reports of DUI arrests. He was nationally honored and also praised by madd.

fake but accurate police.


9 posted on 01/07/2013 2:14:22 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: FoxPro

Oh, I forgot to mention, I blew a zero.

00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

And I have a hard time balancing on one foot, drunk or sober.


10 posted on 01/07/2013 2:15:43 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: Slings and Arrows

Reply to article, from the site:

“What this Trooper has done if its found to be true is a punch in the gut to all of us that are in law enforcement. i have been a Trooper for 10 years and a city officer before that and have arrested more then 350 people for DUI. The reason I say that is because I have tested and released at least as many people. What is not talked about on here is that just because the people arrested showed no alcohol it does not mean they were to impaired to drive. With all the Rx drugs being given out like candy by doctors I have arrested more people then I can remember who were so druged up they had no idea where they were at and thats not counting the illegal drug problem. The new Intoxilyzer 8000 can not be fooled by mouth wash or any other type of alcohol thats only in your mouth. The Intox is made to detect mouth alcohol and will stop and void the test if any is detected. I know in my state there is also a 20 observation time that has to be completed before you can even have the person take the test. I take my job for what it is a service to the public and hold myself and other police officers to higher standards the the rest of the public we serve. A police officer has more power then pretty much any other person. We have the ability to stop the free people of the USA and place them to jail or even to take there life if it has to be done to protect ourselves or others. I have had to take a man’s life that was trying to take mine. It was years ago and I still have to deal with the fallout from it. It was ruled a clean shooting but you always wonder what could have been to maybe not take his life. On the road we have to make decisions in less then a heart beat that will be reviewed by Attys, DAs, and your department who have months or years to see if what you did was right. That is a huge responsibility that sould not be taken lightly. Any officer that has a badge that only took the job so they can have a power trip should be fired on the spot. I have a very good reputation with evey court and atty. where I live and work. I have never had my character questioned in court because I always tell the truth no matter if it helps or hurts the case. Most officers are good people that are like me and would rather pay for any mistake they made rather then lose our reputations. I got off topic but don’t judge all police based on what a few bad ones do.”

Unfortunately, while the majority of police officers may be like this guy, too many aren’t.


11 posted on 01/07/2013 2:18:18 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: longtermmemmory

*shrug* Surely you remember what Comrade Stalin said about breaking eggs?


12 posted on 01/07/2013 2:18:41 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: proxy_user

The impression I get is that this gentleman’s (word used unironically) princples are the exception and not the rule.


13 posted on 01/07/2013 2:22:34 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jacquerie

“The bucks for local government comes from shaking down the law abiding for petty infractions.”

That is exactly correct. Law enforcement starting loosing respect when protecting the peace became secondary to revenue.


14 posted on 01/07/2013 2:31:00 PM PST by hans56
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To: OKRA2012

Also, she should have her driver’s license revoked for at least ten years, and see how she likes trying to earn a living with that handicap. Let the punishment fit the crime.


15 posted on 01/07/2013 2:32:09 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Bryanw92

“Fired” may also have been, after months on suspension at full pay and benefits.


16 posted on 01/07/2013 2:33:57 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Slings and Arrows

And this is news, why? Happens every day.

When DUI became a moneymaker for the courts, insurance companies, police depts, lawyers, etc.etc. then of course there will be abuses. Just a small cost of keeping the people safe.

And it’s not like these folks weren’t guilty of something. With all the laws on the books they had to be doing something illegal. Ya know, sometimes you just gotta crack a few eggs...


17 posted on 01/07/2013 2:34:50 PM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: proxy_user
A good friend of my who is unfortunately no longer with us was the chief of police in Jefferson County Kentucky, the county that Louisville is in.

He and I were computer buddies. He told me that about 50% of cops were bad. Not all were horrible, but a lot would take sex from pretty girls after stopping them for speeding when they were not. Many would keep money or property found at crime scenes and many of them would falsify traffic stop reports, tickets.

He says a good cop you will know because you will be able to see the pain on his face as he writes you a ticket while you will know a bad cop because he treats everybody like dirt.

I have a son who is a cop, he is a good cop but he sees all there is to see from the cops prospective.

Cops are a necessary evil in our society. I wish we didn't have cops but had Sheriffs & deputies who are answerable to elections so they have a reason to treat you well.

18 posted on 01/07/2013 2:47:14 PM PST by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: proxy_user

“Most officers are good people...”

Where are they all hiding? Most of the ones I encounter flaunt the law as a matter of course.


19 posted on 01/07/2013 2:50:39 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: FoxPro

Wow! That is horrible. I am so sorry that happened to you and others.

How shameful for America to have such corruption running rampant.

You may not hold ill will towards the muchkin who shook you down and abused you. I have enough ill will for 100 people towards cops who abuse the innocent. I don’t care how great the “temptation” they are falling to. It’s a crime as ugly as they come.


20 posted on 01/07/2013 3:22:43 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Slings and Arrows
I think everyone here is missing "The rest of the story"...

This is Utah. I'll bet anything that this trooper is of the salt lake sect of mormonism. Perhaps the cars pulled over have similar Christian emblems or what-not.

False DUI arrest victims would be led before a jury of anti-alcohol cult members.

Utah, trooper making false DUI arrests....Read between the lines folks.

21 posted on 01/07/2013 3:33:17 PM PST by SENTINEL (I lie, I cheat, I steal, I communize, I sacrifice unborn babies, I'm Harry Reid and I'm a mormon)
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To: Slings and Arrows

When the federal attorney general is a chicago mafiso what do you expect.. to happen.?.
Not only that but the Police and Firefighters are completely UNIONIZED..

Anybody notice what the Unions(police) have and ARE doing in Wisconsin and other places?..
The Sheep seem to love to be MILKED, Sheared and butchered..

Federal, State and Local giverment workers are ALL UNION members..


22 posted on 01/07/2013 3:35:17 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: FoxPro

LOL my car was stolen and cost was $500.00 to get out!


23 posted on 01/07/2013 3:59:13 PM PST by Conserev1
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To: JAKraig

Kraig, if your son is not reporting criminal behavior or suspicion of fellow officers, he is the balance of the problem. Tell him to man up with the big boy pants and put others on notice. He will be respected by the officers and the public.


24 posted on 01/07/2013 3:59:28 PM PST by healy61
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To: JAKraig

Kraig, if your son is not reporting criminal behavior or suspicion of fellow officers, he is the balance of the problem. Tell him to man up with the big boy pants and put others on notice. He will be respected by the officers and the public.


25 posted on 01/07/2013 3:59:28 PM PST by healy61
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To: Boogieman

I think a lot depends on where you live. We’re fortunate to live in a smaller community where the deputies are our friends, neighbors and relatives. When a bad apple shows up the sheriff or city chief are quickly informed.


26 posted on 01/07/2013 4:02:07 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Slings and Arrows

That is why our local “LE” and “TXDPS” are called “Revenue Enhancement Agents”

New Years Eve party’s or Saint Patrick’s day party’s they come out in force and stake out the local watering holes ... if you step outside the establishment without a Cab Driver (the loophole) they get you for Public Intoxication, if you get near your vehicle you get a DUI and they come in and patrol the crowd with their flashlights in your face ... (kinda like spotting deer) when they get tired of sitting outside.

Then there are the Fishing Stops where they block the roads and search everyone ...

When it gets close to closing time we line up our “Rabbits” (aka our Designated Drivers) and we send them out with their charges in 4 different directions with instructions to drive slow with their turn signal left on ... then everyone else scoots home while the “Revenue Enhancement Agents” are busy bothering the decoys.

TT


27 posted on 01/07/2013 4:02:48 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: Slings and Arrows
In Michigan the State Police Officers who were caught shooting deer from their patrol car were simply moved to another State Police Post in the State. The Michigan State Police Officers caught viewing porn on their computers while at Work in Lansing were simply moved to another Post up North. When a Michigan State Police Officer wrecked his car on a corner while driving drunk, the first Sheriff Deputy who arrived on he scene, allowed the Officer to go home (professional courtesy) and then go to the hospital on his own time.(allows the alcohol to leave the body) A Michigan State Police Officer was driving drunk an killed two (2) teenagers on a back road, the Police Unions blamed the lack of money for training on the Officers conduct and was given a two (2) week suspension with pay!

Please give up your firearms America! /s off

28 posted on 01/07/2013 4:09:35 PM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fiery From the Sky")
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To: Conserev1

Yep. I work for an insurance company and the towing company agreements with the police are outrageous. The person that’s not at fault for an accident is totally at their mercy - doubly so if they don’t have collision coverage (and in a lot of jurisdictions anymore, they are not providing the other party’s information at the scene).


29 posted on 01/07/2013 4:11:05 PM PST by mykroar ("I'm afraid I can't use a mule. I have several hundred up on Capitol Hill." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: proxy_user
My fellow Americans, let us not forget that it is several Police Unions and organizations who are right now meeting with that simpleton Biden to push through gun confiscation of honest law abiding Americans! Read the WP article!

Do not trust EVER your local LEO’s, they cannot serve two (2) masters! Guess where the American people are on that chain of command!

Eight Deuce on the loose!

30 posted on 01/07/2013 4:14:36 PM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fiery From the Sky")
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To: Cold Heart

Yes, that’s true, I live in Chicago, so it’s no surprise there are a LOT of bad apples here. On the other side of the coin, though, small towns can have their own corruption problems. There are plenty of towns that shake down out of towners for revenue, or have problems with the “Good Old Boy” network, where everyone covers for everyone else, because the Mayor, Police Chief, and the Judge are all members of the Elk’s Lodge.


31 posted on 01/07/2013 4:16:41 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: SENTINEL

Meh, I’ve seen cops in states all over the place get busted for faking DUI results, so I don’t think it has anything to do with the Mormons.


32 posted on 01/07/2013 4:22:53 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman
YOU are sooooooooooooooooooo RIGHT! Small Town America derives its revenue from communist zoning controls, international building codes, health department permits (permission from your government) etc, and the prosecutor, judge, and arresting officer are all related by blood! Not to mention, they all get a piece of the money pie from each ticket written and fine paid!
33 posted on 01/07/2013 4:24:00 PM PST by paratrooper82 (82nd ABN Div. 1/508th BN "Fiery From the Sky")
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To: Slings and Arrows

Sovreign citizen alert!


34 posted on 01/07/2013 4:30:01 PM PST by bike800
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To: Cold Heart

I live in a smaller county too. Deputies rarely give traffic tickets. Otherwise the sheriff won’t get reelected.


35 posted on 01/07/2013 4:36:02 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: hans56
“The bucks for local government comes from shaking down the law abiding for petty infractions.”
That is exactly correct. Law enforcement starting loosing respect when protecting the peace became secondary to revenue.

Indeed. I used the phrase "uniformed tax collectors".

36 posted on 01/07/2013 4:43:06 PM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: proxy_user

“I got off topic but don’t judge all police based on what a few bad ones do.”

I understand everything you said. And the business of having to make split second decisions and all that. But your comments beg the question. This female trooper used her police powers to violate the Constitutional rights of literally hundreds of the people who had “placed their trust” in the Utah Highway Patrol’s integrity. I would suggest that you read FR every day as I do, and I think you will find that police malfeasance is at an all time high. I live in Northern California. We just had several of our local cops fired ( and they may well go to jail at the end of the day) because they were hooked up with a crooked PI who was working with a local divorce attorney to “set up” husbands with DUI convictions. The PI is now in state prison, the lawyer has been disbarred and is facing jail, but as of this writing, the cops involved are only out of a job. I have also had one occasion to file a written complaint against a cop. You don’t want to do that unless you are determined to see it through, because law enforcement comes after you for questioning the lawfulness of their activities. So you may well have been a good cop, but I submit to you that you are likely in the minority today.


37 posted on 01/07/2013 9:43:10 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Boogieman

” There are plenty of towns that shake down out of towners for revenue, or have problems with the “Good Old Boy” network, where everyone covers for everyone else, because the Mayor, Police Chief, and the Judge are all members of the Elk’s Lodge.”

There ya go! The Elks Lodge here is just a place for the good ole boys to get drunk and stay that way!


38 posted on 01/07/2013 9:48:11 PM PST by vette6387
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