Saturday Evening Links

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

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  • Mickey Mouse sells you speed.
  • Manute Bol, RIP.
  • Mississippi’s Curtis Flowers has been convicted on four counts of murder. This was Flowers’ sixth trial for these crimes, believed to be a U.S. record. Three prior juries deadlocked (two convictions were overturned for prosecutorial misconduct). This one deliberated for 27 minutes. Alan Bean has more. PS: Anyone want to guess the name of the medical examiner who testified in this case?
  • Confused man persuades state of Minnesota to prohibit bars from holding “Ladies Night” promotions.
  • Man arrested, jailed, charged with felony after altercation with cop in front of hospital emergency room. The man was trying to get medical attention for his wife, who had just suffered a stroke.
  • I didn’t think it was possible, but someone has managed to make bacon unappetizing.

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    40 Responses to “Saturday Evening Links”

    1. #1 |  Eric H | 

      And apparently, Mickey Mouse’s product is perfect for waking you up when you’ve had too much “hash.”

    2. #2 |  central texas | 

      I can’t wait to read the followup to the emergency room story where all of the multitude of security cameras turn up defective so the cop’s story cannot be verified or impeached.

    3. #3 |  Highway | 

      I think the story about the man charged with a felony getting his wife to the hospital mentions another stupid thing, but doesn’t elaborate. Apparently he’s suspended from his job just for being charged with a felony. What stupid rule is that? Especially if the rest of the people at the hospital realize the charge is bogus.

      Another dumb ‘automatic’ policy.

    4. #4 |  BSK | 

      The ER story reminds me of a situation where an NFL player (his name is escaping me at the time) was detained in the parking lot after entering through the exit while rushing his mother-in-law to the hospital. The officer held him out there so long that the MiL died before he could even say goodbye. He even went so far as to say, “Just give me a ticket and let me go!” but the officer needed his pound of flesh while he searched the car because the guy had the audacity to want to see his dying relative. Barf.

    5. #5 |  Greg N. | 

      Gainesville recently banned ladies’ nights, citing civil rights law and even Equal Protection.

    6. #6 |  freedomfan | 

      BSK, I think this is the agitator link to a story similar to the one you were thinking of, though it looks like the WFAA links are broken. (Here’s the Dallas Morning News account.) As I recall, the driver and his family were forcibly detained outside the hospital so that the officer could berate them and write the driver a ticket while his 45-year-old mother-in-law was dying of cancer upstairs. She passed away before those detained downstairs could see her.

      I understand the need for police to be cautious in these situations, but in both cases it quickly became apparent that there were extenuating circumstances and more important issues in play than a traffic violation which caused no accident and in which no one was hurt. Any officer who can’t stop and ask himself whether there may be some legitimate reason why someone isn’t bowing to his authority instead of the officer going to into I-must-be-in-absolute-control-of-everything, stormtrooper mode.

    7. #7 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

      “But Friday morning, as Wright was in the hospital room where his wife Aline was admitted, Daves had Erlanger security arrest him and take him to the jail. Wright is charged with assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, two red light violations and registration violation.”

      What the hell? Why did Daves have hospital security officers arrest Wright? I work in healthcare security, and we would not do this, primarily because we are not sworn officers (and thus, have the same arrest power as any private citizen). Perhaps Erlanger employs sworn police, but it still seems like a bad idea for them to handle the arrest for the other agency, especially in a shaky situation like this.

      In my experience, if this situation occurred in our ER, and anyone, including a police officer, rushed into a room and interfered w/ patient care, our department would be called and we would be asked to intervene. You don’t do that! I understand why the officer stopped Wright, but when he found out was going on in the ER, he should have dropped it.

      #2 Central Texas: ” I can’t wait to read the followup to the emergency room story where all of the multitude of security cameras turn up defective so the cop’s story cannot be verified or impeached.”

      Well, if the hospital doesn’t want to be dragged into litigation, that better not happen. However, since I work w/ CCTV surveillance on a daily basis, I know of its shortcomings. Sometimes cameras do go down unexpectedly, it’s not always a conspiracy. That being said, an ER is bound to be (and should be) blanketed in CCTV cameras, so at least some of this incident should have been captured.

    8. #8 |  Nick | 

      One more: Cop executes dog.

    9. #9 |  Not Atypical « Oh, My! | 

      […] Via Balko. […]

    10. #10 |  hotrod |

    11. #11 |  hotrod | 

      Sorry, hit submit too soon. The above link is to an arrest in the Jonathan Ayers case.

    12. #12 |  Justin | 

      Flowers was sentenced to death. Probably the best thing that could happen, seeing as how that gives him heightened scrutiny.

    13. #13 |  Robin | 

      I think that colored bacon looks pretty tasty.

    14. #14 |  Daniel | 

      Cops kill “vicious” dog (near the end of the video, but watch it all). Not pleasant to watch.

    15. #15 |  BSK | 


      Yep, that’s it, thanks. What I find most interesting, at least in the Moats case, and it appears in this case as well, is that neither “perp” even tried to contest the cop. Moats pleaded with the cop to just give him the damn ticket so he could get inside. Even if it was so important to cite these guys, fine, whatever, do it at the appropriate time. Cite them for whatever and then they’ll settle it in court (likely getting it thrown out). Sure, the cop has to do his job, but his job should be to help defuse situations, not aggravate them.

    16. #16 |  Stephen | 

      So it is OK for a cop to run red lights to go to dunkin donuts, but not OK for a civilian in an emergency?

      We truly have reached the point where a cops donut is more important than a civilian life.

      Maybe anarchy WOULD be better.

    17. #17 |  joe b | 

      #8 Cop executes dog. That’s infuriating. That’s an execution.

    18. #18 |  Aresen | 

      Confused man persuades state of Minnesota to prohibit bars from holding “Ladies Night” promotions.

      Fer cryin’ out loud!
      1) There are two wars going on, plus two not-quite-wars in Pakistan and Mexico, another brewing with Iran and possibly yet another with North Korea;
      2) Police are becoming gangs armed with military technology and are trying to wipe out the first and fourth amendments;
      3) Government spending is out of control and may cause a total financial meltdown within a decade; *
      and this asshole gets bent out of shape because women get a once-a-week break at the local pub?
      I see he is in his sixties. I bet he needs Double-Extra Strength Depends.

      *(Feel free to add to the list.)

    19. #19 |  Aresen | 

      Nick | June 19th, 2010 at 7:40 pm
      One more: Cop executes dog.


      The dog was wagging its tail when the officer shot it – a submission gesture. That is goddamed disgusting.

      When I was a 100 lb kid working in an animal hospital I could have handled that dog. Two thugs in blue just murdered it.

    20. #20 |  Peter Ramins | 

      @ #16

      I once convinced a jury that it was ok for me to goose the throttle on my old ZX-7 because someone was changing into my lane on the interstate, coming right at me.

      Hopefully the jury in this case returns a not guilty verdict.

      Well, HOPEFULLY, the DA has enough brain matter to fill a thimble and declines to charge.

    21. #21 |  Sithmonkey | 

      If Eric Wright’s arrest pisses you off, then Officer Daves receiving an award for it won’t help your blood pressure any…

    22. #22 |  Sky | 

      PS: Anyone want to guess the name of the medical examiner who testified in this case?


      Do I win a prize? ;)

    23. #23 |  Cynical in CA | 

      I hereby award the Cocksucker of the Year Award to Officer Jim Daves.

    24. #24 |  Cynical in CA | 

      #16 | Stephen — “Maybe anarchy WOULD be better.”

      Fuckin’-a Steve, ain’t no maybe about it.

    25. #25 |  Cynical in CA | 

      Sorry, we have co-Cocksucker of the Year Award winners, dogkiller Officer Doug Howell of the Lagrange MO PD shares the dishonor.

    26. #26 |  BSK | 

      From that Chattanoogan Article on Wright:

      “Mr. Wright is a clean-cut, all-American example of what every father hopes his son will be, but he now faces the expenses of bail, a lawyer, and the stigma of a criminal charge.”

      Again, the emphasis on who Wright is front and center. And good for Mr. Wright. He sounds like an amazingly upstanding member of society. But even if he wasn’t… even if he was the dregs of the earth… even if he was a jerk who’d steal candy from a baby… Wright was still in the right and officer shit-for-brains was still wrong. The implication of this statement is that we should be outraged this happened to such a good man. But we should be outraged no matter WHO it happened to, because it is wrong and wrong is wrong is wrong, no matter who the wronged party was.

      This is not meant to take anything away from Mr. Wright. Not one bit. I just don’t see why his “Americanness” matters.

    27. #27 |  BSK | 

      Note: I also take nothing away from those arguing Wright’s case. As I’ve demonstrated, I am firmly on that side of the debate. I just don’t think this is the RIGHT way to argue it and I am frustrated with the Chattanoogan for how they are doing so.

    28. #28 |  Cynical in CA | 

      The only right way to argue it, BSK, is for Wright to sue the city of Chattanooga into bankruptcy. Or for someone to “Jim Bell” Daves.

    29. #29 |  Todd | 

      A few notes from a Chattanoogan….

      Erlanger Security are sworn officers, its a county hospital. As such, they have arrest powers, and according to others I’ve talked to its typical for them to handle arrests inside the hospital at the request of other agencies.

      #21…The letter to the editor you linked to was tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. Kenneth Freeman was the CPD officer who pushed down a Wal-Mart greeter and was eventually fired. Pretty sure Radley covered it when it happened, or at least linked to it.

      It seems like the overwhelming consensus here is that Daves’ acted stupidly and charged Wright 2 days later with everything he could. Hell even the treating MD wrote a letter stating that Wright made the right decision to transport his wife and not wait for an ambulance. The media’s covering this pretty well here and I suspect that Wright will have the charges dropped and might even get a nice little check from the city in the future. Hopefully Daves gets fired, but CPD has a pretty good history of circling the wagons…

    30. #30 |  Burdell | 

      With respect to the cops who shot that dog:

      1) What legal action can be taken against the officers involved? Not the police department or the city (then the taxpayers foot the bill). What legal methods are there to make these officers hurt, financially or physically? They won’t understand what they did until this ruins their lives.

      2) If there aren’t any legal remedies that can be taken against them, why not?

      3) If there are no legal remedies, and no one can give a sound reason why not, what extra-legal remedies are going to be taken? And by whom?

      These are all serious questions. None to be taken as a threat. All I want to know is, when this sort of thing happens, what can actually be done about it besides getting mad on the internet for a few days?

    31. #31 |  Marty | 

      #28- Mr. Bell was released last month…

    32. #32 |  Cynical in CA | 

      Those are great questions, Burdell. And unfortunately, your conclusion is the only remedy. That is, as long as the State exists.

    33. #33 |  Juice | 

      Doesn’t the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ban ladies’ nights?

    34. #34 |  auggie | 

      Didn’t Underdog pop a pill out of his ring that gave him strength and energy?

    35. #35 |  Helmut O' Hooligan | 

      #29 Todd: Thank you for the info, now it makes more sense. Public hospitals are more likely to have sworn staff. Otherwise, it is not too common (though it would reduce redundancy and allow officers who truly understand the hospital’s culture to handle almost all law enforcement matters) I’ll tell you this though, if I were the Chief/Public Safety Director at Erlanger, that is one arrest I would NOT want my officers to make. I wouldn’t want my people touching that case w/ a ten foot pole!!!

    36. #36 |  Andrew Williams | 

      #34 He sure did. And don’t forget Roger Ramjet’s Proton Energy Pills!

    37. #37 |  Z | 

      Re: Curtis Flowers. I am just guessing at least 10 white jurors, right? Thats the Confederate way after all.

    38. #38 |  Judi | 

      #1. Daves should get a life. At the very least, Daves should have given Wright an escort to the hospital and assisted him once there. After all Daves is supposed to be a ‘public servant’.

      #2. Flowers trial? Hmmmm…Medical Examiner? Mississippi doesn’t have one of those. But they do have a pathological lying pathologist.

    39. #39 |  Steven | 

      I’ve known Wright since I was a kid…good guy. Sad story.

    40. #40 |  mcmillan |

      Update about the Wright case – charges have been dropped and the suspension from his job was lifted.