“I told him, ‘I will release my son to you upon viewing those orders.’ Those were exactly my words,” The complainant said. “He said, ‘This is how you want to play?’ He took two steps back, turned around to the officer and said, ‘Take her.’ They turned me around, handcuffed me, and took me in.”
Well she had good reason to ask…
The complainant said she was aware police would be coming to apprehend her 11-year-old son based on a criminal complaint, and that she just wanted to see the warrant. As it turns out, that warrant didn’t exist. She spent the night in jail while her son was left at home.
So basically they made her spend a night in jail for exercising her legal rights and protecting her child’s rights as well. The biggest clue those officers f’d up?
McDonald said the Slaton Police Department will issue an apology as long as the mother agrees not to file a lawsuit. He said unless she is compensated for her expenses and the trauma she’s been through, a lawsuit won’t be out of the question.
I hope she doesn’t. That is a textbook case of wrongful arrest and deprivation of rights under color of law if I ever saw one.
State Sponsored Criminal: Officer John Doe of the Slaton Police department
Because heaven forbid someone actually verify your legal authority to do something. They need to follow orders blindly and just throw away their rights!