Tracy Ingle Gets a Lawyer

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Tracy Ingle is the Arkansas man I wrote about last week. He was shot five times during a no-knock drug raid on his home. Though police found no drugs, they charged him with running a drop operation, anyway, due they said to a scale and some plastic bags they found in his home. He’s also charged with assaulting the police officers for pointing a broken gun at them when they broke into his bedroom and woke him. A few updates on his case:

• First, the good news. A couple of weeks ago while still researching the raid on Ingle’s home, I called Arkansas defense attorney John Wesley Hall to get his thoughts on the case. This week, Hall agreed to represent Ingle. Hall is one of the best defense attorneys in the country. He’s a former executive with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and argued the landmark no-knock raid case Wilson v. Arkansas before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ingle’s defense (and possible lawsuit) is in good hands.

• I also spoke late last week with the prosecutor in the case, John Hout. Hout wouldn’t go into the details of the case with me, but did confirm that (1) he plans to go ahead with both the drug and assault charges, (2) the officers who shot Ingle have been cleared of any wrongdoing, and (3) he can’t release the affidavits from the raid despite the fact that they’re public record, because the case is "an ongoing investigation." He did say the affidavits will be available to Ingle’s attorney through discovery. I also spoke with the information officer of the North Little Rock Police Department. He also told me that the affidavits are off-limits.

• Finally, members of Ingle’s family say the North Little Rock SWAT team visited Tracy Ingle again last week. This time, they came to his house asking for a man named Shawn Anthony Turner. Turner is Ingle’s cousin, and has had frequent problems with the law—he has actually served time on drug charges. When Turner was released from prison several years ago, Ingle’s mother agreed to have him released into her custody, mostly, she says, because no one else in the family would take him. For a short while, Turner lived in the home Ingle’s mother (Turner’s aunt) owned, along with Ingle and a few other roommates who came and went.. This is the same home the police raided in January. When Turner didn’t clean up his act, the family threw him out. Turner continued to pester Tracy Ingle about letting him move in, the family says, and Ingle continued to refuse to allow it.

Tracy Ingle’s family members now speculate that Turner somehow factored in to the January raid on Ingle’s home. Ingle’s house is Turner’s last known address, though he hasn’t lived there since mid-2006. Ingle’s sister and mother believe either the police mistakenly raided the house while looking for Turner, or that Turner told the police Ingle was making methamphetamine in retaliation for Ingle’s refusal to let Turner live in his home. Tracy Ingle’s name doesn’t appear anywhere on the search warrant for the raid.

Last week, when the police saw Ingle, they apparently recognized him, realized this was the same house they had raided months ago, realized Turner no longer lives at the address, and left.

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12 Responses to “Tracy Ingle Gets a Lawyer”

  1. #1 |  CitizenNothing | 

    First, the good news. A couple of weeks ago while still researching the raid on Ingle’s home, I called Arkansas defense attorney John Wesley Hall to get his thoughts on the case. This week, Hall agreed to represent Ingle. Hall is one of the best defense attorneys in the country. He’s a former executive with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and argued the landmark no-knock raid case Wilson v. Arkansas before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ingle’s defense (and possible lawsuit) is in good hands.

    That’s great news, here’s hoping that both Tracy and North Little Rock Police Department get some justice (we can hope). Also, hoing the practice of no-knock raids on American Citizens gets broader exposure and reduces the otherwise certain future casualties.

  2. #2 |  Andrew | 

    CitizenNothing:

    Americans aren’t going to care until a pretty white girl is killed. And even then half of Americans will say she got what she deserved if she had ever had so much as a parking ticket in her life.

  3. #3 |  matt | 

    I love how the prosecutor still decides to prosecute tracy on the drug charges with absolutely no evidence of the crimes of which he is accused and charged. I bet if he hadn’t been shot, the state wouldn’t prosecute, but since a civil suit is sure to follow, they need to drag this poor man’s name through the dirt as much as they can to make it appear that he deserves what happened to him. Glad to see he obtained a kick-ass lawyer though.

  4. #4 |  CitizenNothing | 

    Americans aren’t going to care until a pretty white girl is killed. And even then half of Americans will say she got what she deserved if she had ever had so much as a parking ticket in her life.

    Most frustrating is the “there must be more to the story than we know” deferral to ‘Authority’ combined with not paying attention.

  5. #5 |  Kevin | 

    It is interesting that, initially, the police thought they needed to invade the house aggressively, and as a result, they are charging Tracy with assault and also seem to think there were drugs found, since they are charging him that too.

    This is interesting because, after apparently confirming that there are dangerous drug dealers in the house, and shooting one of them, the next time they went to the house, they simply walked up and asked for the person they were looking for. Logic would indicate they should have had even more justification for a shock and awe entrance based on the charges against Tracy. Could it be they know the charges are bogus, and realized there was no threat?

  6. #6 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Last week, when the police saw Ingle, they apparently recognized him, realized this was the same house they had raided months ago, realized Turner no longer lives at the address, and left.

    One of them must be guilty of having a brain cell that is still active. They’d better fire him.

  7. #7 |  Cranston | 

    Oh, man, this pisses me off. The de facto criminalization of perfectly legal and useful items (scale, plastic bags) is infuriating.

    I’m an archaeologist and have my own consulting business doing artifact analysis, which is just me working in my own home. For data collection and artifact processing, two of the standard and necessary supplies that I always have on hand are an electronic scale (for weighing artifacts), and large quantities of archival platic bags (small-size, with ziplock closure, for packaging the artifacts for storage).

    It just really makes me angry to think that the police could easily, if they searched my house by mistake, conclude from those items that I was “running a drug operation.”

    And I often travel to museums and other places with said items in the trunk of my car. I’ve always wondered how that would work out in a traffic stop.

  8. #8 |  Frank | 

    #7

    You will be arrested and your car will be torn to shreds by cops looking for drugs. They’ll probably plant some just to CYA.

  9. #9 |  CitizenNothing | 

    And I often travel to museums and other places with said items in the trunk of my car. I’ve always wondered how that would work out in a traffic stop.

    It’s completely at the discretion of the cop. Don’t forget your place as a Citizen Nothing, be respectful. Now shut up and pay your taxes.

  10. #10 |  Whim | 

    Prosecuted for having a Weight Watchers Scale, and a package of Baggies, in the kitchen?

    I plead guilty, too, to possessing the foregoing drug paraphenalia.

    Send in the SWAT team.

  11. #11 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

    Dear Mr. Hall:

    pleased to be tearing Little Rock a new asshole.

    Thanking You,

    Goiter

  12. #12 |  Buck B. | 

    I don’t know if your call had anything to do with Hall taking the case, Radley, but I salute the work you do. Without you, a lot of people would be a lot more fucked than they already are.

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