Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cops Still Face Claims of Beating Kids at Parade

Courthouse News Service

(CN) - Police officers may be liable for using their batons to hit children who stepped into the street during a parade to hug marching family members, the D.C. Circuit ruled.

Roger Rudder, Rosena Rudder, Noverlene Goss, and two juveniles say they suffered injuries from their interaction with police at the 2008 Caribbean Carnival Parade in Washington, D.C. While watching the festivities, the group allegedly spotted family members in the parade march. But when they stepped into the street for a hug, Officer William Chatman allegedly told them to return to the sidewalk.

Though the group tried to comply, Chatman then shoved Rosena Rudder and Officer Shannon Williams used her baton on the two children, ages 5 and 15, according to the lawsuit.

In addition to claiming that Williams struck two children without provocation, "the complaint also alleges Officer Williams beat plaintiff Goss with her baton after Ms. Goss called out to the officer in response to Officer Williams' use of force against the child," the Jan. 17 decision states. "A person who responds verbally to a police officer assaulting a child hardly invites violence against herself."

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Well thanks judge, thanks for pointing out the blindingly obvious.
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Chatman may have also violated the plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment rights, the court found.
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No! Really? Who would of guessed?
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"Unlike pushing an arrestee against a wall and pulling his arm behind his back, beating a suspect to the ground with a baton exceeds in violence anything 'we would expect in the course of a routine arrest,'" Ginsberg wrote, citing precedent.

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Well Judge Ginsberg, I'm so glad you pointed that out because I might have not figured that out without your brilliant assist.
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