Disorderly Conduct

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Woman calls police for help.  Ends up brutally stripped searched, naked on the floor of a jail cell.

Be sure to watch the video.  There’s a follow-up report, too.

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18 Responses to “Disorderly Conduct”

  1. #1 |  primus | 

    in the vid, they state that this is being investigated. So what? Cops investigate cops and NEVER find anything to criticize in the cop’s behaviour. Fucking cops. And they wonder why they have a PR problem?

  2. #2 |  Gregory Peckory | 

    F-ing disgusting. Why don’t they put stuff like that on C*O*P*S. I’m friends with a few cops and they will admit that they screw up, but seem to never will take full responsibility for their actions. They just play the victim and it seems to work for them. Most of the public will buy into the liberal media myth to cover up police brutality than giving credit to journalists who do the right thing.

  3. #3 |  Persona non grata | 


  4. #4 |  Balloon Maker | 

    Sickening behavior, no matter what led up to it. That video is nothing short of rape.

  5. #5 |  Robert S. Porter | 

    It wouldn’t even matter if the officer personally witnessed her assaulting someone, removing the clothing, especially by male officers, is completely unnecessary and, as Balloon Maker states, tantamount to rape. I hope the officers all lose their jobs and the department is sued into poverty.

    I’d have to say Radley, your site really brings up mixed emotions. On one hand you show some of the most infuriating and depressing stories yet you are doing, in my opinion, the most important work in America today. Keep it up.

  6. #6 |  Lee | 

    Cops investigating cops will never be honest and fair, they protect their own, and every great once in a while offer someone as a sacrifice so they can appear to be fair to idiots that can’t see them for what they are: pure evil.

    These people should all be thrown in jail. How they can tell their family and friends that they love them is beyond me. Such a farce that anyone would believe them on anything, they’re professional liars and abusers.

  7. #7 |  andyinsdca | 

    I’m getting closer and closer to trying to write a proposition for California that would require video and audio taping of all police/citizen or police/criminal interactions. I’m no lawyer, so it’ll be a pain, but seems like the time has come for the cops to be under 24×7 surveillance.

    After all, if they have nothing to hide, they shouldn’t be afraid of being taped, should they?

  8. #8 |  OGRE | 

    As troubling as the fact is that this woman did nothing wrong to begin with and was actually calling for help, let us not overlook that this is typical behavior by the police used against many arrestees. This is not how police should be treating arrestees, roughing them up, ridiculing them, etc.. The common police mentality is that they are there to punish the bad guys. WRONG. They are there to protect the citizenry and enforce the law.

    It has gotten to the point where the police are a greater danger to the public than criminals…

  9. #9 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I was going to comment on this but I wanted to wait until my initial reaction wore off so I could render my normal unemotional objective analysis. I’m still waiting.

  10. #10 |  JSB | 

    This is so sad…I felt so sorry for that woman, being subjected to such horrendous treatment that is difficult to excuse it a “civilized” society. I’ve been reading Balko’s work for a couple of years now, and with every passing story of police abuse and the subsequent lack of prosecution I’ve become more and more convinced that nearly all police officers suffer from the classic “little people who want power” syndrome. They get off by showing how miserable and tormented they can make ANYBODY feel at ANY moment, regardless of innocence or guilt. I have never had a pleasant encounter with a police officer, even though I’ve never commited any crimes. They are all hell-bent on ruining anybody who challenges them, and they will be satisfied with nothing short of total and complete obedience to the point of worship. I wish I could change things…I wish we could just get together and protest…but what can we do against such blind hate, against this truly “pure evil”? The police sicken me, and I hope that those who are crooked rot in hell.

  11. #11 |  Howlin' Hobbit | 

    About six years ago I was attacked by a psychotic housemate. He stormed across the room, hit me repeatedly, threw me against a wall hard enough that my head broke through the wall, and was sitting on my chest choking me when I managed to reach my pocketknife. I cut him on the arm and he let go and ran out of the room.

    I was in fear for my life and had the opportunity to cut his throat, rather than his arm, but actually (in a rapid think through) decided that I would do the minimum possible to make him LET GO OF MY THROAT and then would trust the system after that.


    I ran out of the house to a neighbor’s and used their phone to call the police.

    The police showed up and made me AND everyone else in the neighbor’s house come out and lie on our faces in the street while they cuffed all of us. They did the whole “felony arrest procedure” on everyone in the house, even though I came out willingly as soon as I saw the police show up.

    The other two roommates in the house where I was attacked were never treated this way.

    The psycho housemate actually TOLD the police that HE had attacked ME. I found out later that I was the 4th housemate he’d attacked in this manner. I knew about the 3rd one as it happened while I was living there, though not while I was present in the house. As a result I was looking for a place to go and had moved about a half-dozen boxes (mostly of books) out a day or two before this incident.

    He was huge, I’m small. It was obvious from the fact that I was bruised all over and he had one cut on his arm who’d taken the worst of the situation.

    It didn’t matter.

    I still was in jail for 5 days while they “investigated” the matter. I was never charged.

    If you’re sitting there thinking, “Why, they can only hold a person for 72 hours without charges!” please bear in mind that they don’t count weekends and I was arrested on a Thursday night. It doesn’t matter that 5 days of my life were taken from me, weekends don’t count.

    They let my assailant out of jail before me. Therefore he was back at the house before me. I was not able to get any of my belongings back except for a small amount that my girlfriend was able to retrieve while I was still in jail and the boxes of books I mentioned earlier. (I heard later that my assailant sold the rest of them.)

    The moral of the story? You’re not allowed to defend yourself against an attack, especially if you’re living in a “bad” area. The cops are going to treat you like shit, they’re not going to use *any* sense nor logic when they get to the scene, they’re simply going to arrest everybody and to hell with the consequences.

    I try to be even-minded about the police (and, in all fairness, the officer who actually hauled me off was reasonably decent, going so far as loosening the cuffs a tad when I complained they were cutting into me) but it doesn’t matter. Any dealings you have with the police, unless you’re stinking rich or somebody else who is “important” are going to be adversarial, whether you’re the “perp” or the victim.

    Get used to it.

  12. #12 |  Chris Bray | 

    That video was a nightmare, but the real moment of clarity came when the reporter said the sheriff thought his deputies had followed appropriate procedure. So now we have the video of the asshole Utah state trooper screaming at and tasing a guy who asked why he was being cited, and the subsequent news that the police investigation cleared the trooper of any substantial wrongdoing; the video of the city cop in Arkansas choking the shit out of a twelve-year-old girl and a slightly older boy who were skateboarding on a sidewalk, and the subsequent news that the police investigation cleared the officer of any wrongdoing; the video of the police corporal in Austin who tased a driver a few seconds after asking for his license and registration, and the subsequent news that the police investigation cleared the officer of any substantial wrongdoing…

    Yeah, it’s hard to guess what’ll happen, here.

  13. #13 |  anonymous | 

    In the Viewer Response segment near the beginning of the video, Roger wrote:

    “Shame on you for convicting those deputies on the air.” “Even criminals are given the chance to prove themselves before they are convicted in the media”

    This was a common talking point on police message boards I used to frequent many years ago.

    * That by airing, printing, and discussing stories about police officers being suspected of wrong-doing, the media is violating the officer’s right to be “presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

    * That law enforcement officers are somehow unique in suffering this indignity.

    Roger, and all of the cops who spout that line, are idiots for

    * Failing to understand that “presumed innocent” is a legal standard in a court of law, not public opinion.

    * Believing that it doesn’t happen to any other criminal suspect, except the poor police.

    * Failing to realize that when the police stop, detain, arrest, abuse, kill, etc. somebody, they are doing it because they believe that person to be guilty.

    The police in this country — whether good cop or bad cop — have become a whiny privileged class with a sense of entitlement and inability to accept responsibility for their actions. But what do you expect from a bunch of government union employees.

  14. #14 |  Cop Talk | 


  15. #15 |  Mitchell | 

    The fact that the officers know they are video-recorded and that they still proceed in such rude manners clearly indiicates that they have nothing to fear at all because somebody will cover their backs. What a shame ….

  16. #16 |  anonymous | 

    Slightly off-topic, but check out post #134 by “PicardMD” at the Cop Talk thread, about prison medicine.

  17. #17 |  Overcast | 

    I stay in the area 3-4 times per year on business travel.

    NEVER AGAIN will I stay in the County. Ever.

    That’s plain SICK.

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