Police Overstep the line again in Missouri.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Brokor, Sep 28, 2007.


  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/19/1988.asp[/b]

    I can't copy the text from the article on my phone, so if another could do that for me, it would be swell.

    Anyway, this is the follow-up to the twenty year old in Missouri who was harrassed by Missouri Police and received national attention. The plot thickens. We're talkin' clam chowder after it's been sitting a while, thick.
     
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]9/26/2007[/FONT]​
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Missouri: Police Stake Out Brett Darrow Home
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Saint Louis, Missouri police stake out the home of young motorist whose video of an out-of-control police officer garnered international attention.

    [/FONT][​IMG]A young Saint Louis, Missouri motorist faces trouble with local police upset at the national attention his September 7 video of an out-of-control officer has drawn to ongoing problems within area law enforcement agencies. On Sunday, Brett Darrow filmed a Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser staking out his home.

    "It was the first time I've seen it," Darrow told TheNewspaper. "But my neighbor said he's seen a lot of police down our dead end street since all of this happened."

    When Darrow walked outside to his 1997 Nissan Maxima, he noticed two officers sitting in a marked squad car, numbered 65. There is little question as to why the officers were there.

    "As I got into the car, he started to pull up the street and he and his partner just stared me down," Darrow explained.

    The patrol car drove away as Darrow started his car and followed. Because his camera had been set to capture night-time footage, the first 45 seconds of the video is obscured. It does, however, capture the police car making questionable turning maneuvers in order to get away. Members of the police community are on the record regarding their desire to stake out Darrow's home and harass the twenty-year-old. In late June, users of St. Louis CopTalk, an unofficial forum for Saint Louis area law enforcement, posted Darrow's home address along with messages containing apparent death threats in retaliation for the young motorist's taping of a DUI roadblock in November and a traffic ticket in June. One CopTalk user repeating the address wrote, "Every copper, City and County, should etch this little punks [sic] name in their [sic] memory. Brett Darrow, [address deleted], city of St. Louis." (View screen capture of post)

    This month, however, scandals within the Saint Louis Police Department which otherwise would have been a local story, gathered national attention and fueled additional resentment. Some $40,000 in cash turned up "missing" from the police evidence room on September 17. The city of St. George was forced to fire Sergeant James Kuehnlein for his threat to "come up with reasons" to "lock up" Darrow. An investigation into whether Kuehnlein's actions merit criminal charges is under way. Darrow met on Monday with a Saint Louis County Police Department detective.

    "I quickly learned that this was about finding something I did wrong and not the officer," Darrow said.

    Despite the official harassment, Darrow has been comforted by an unexpected level of support from the general public. Motorists who recognized him from various television interviews have stopped to thank him or give him the "thumbs up." A judge also dropped charges from the June traffic stop after a Saint Louis police officer failed to show up at a trial where Darrow had been prepared to defend himself with video evidence.

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  3. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Missouri: Police Stake Out Brett Darrow Home
    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Saint Louis, Missouri police stake out the home of young motorist whose video of an out-of-control police officer garnered international attention.

    [/FONT][​IMG]A young Saint Louis, Missouri motorist faces trouble with local police upset at the national attention his September 7 video of an out-of-control officer has drawn to ongoing problems within area law enforcement agencies. On Sunday, Brett Darrow filmed a Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department cruiser staking out his home.

    "It was the first time I've seen it," Darrow told TheNewspaper. "But my neighbor said he's seen a lot of police down our dead end street since all of this happened."

    When Darrow walked outside to his 1997 Nissan Maxima, he noticed two officers sitting in a marked squad car, numbered 65. There is little question as to why the officers were there.

    "As I got into the car, he started to pull up the street and he and his partner just stared me down," Darrow explained.

    The patrol car drove away as Darrow started his car and followed. Because his camera had been set to capture night-time footage, the first 45 seconds of the video is obscured. It does, however, capture the police car making questionable turning maneuvers in order to get away. Members of the police community are on the record regarding their desire to stake out Darrow's home and harass the twenty-year-old. In late June, users of St. Louis CopTalk, an unofficial forum for Saint Louis area law enforcement, posted Darrow's home address along with messages containing apparent death threats in retaliation for the young motorist's taping of a DUI roadblock in November and a traffic ticket in June. One CopTalk user repeating the address wrote, "Every copper, City and County, should etch this little punks [sic] name in their [sic] memory. Brett Darrow, [address deleted], city of St. Louis." (View screen capture of post)

    This month, however, scandals within the Saint Louis Police Department which otherwise would have been a local story, gathered national attention and fueled additional resentment. Some $40,000 in cash turned up "missing" from the police evidence room on September 17. The city of St. George was forced to fire Sergeant James Kuehnlein for his threat to "come up with reasons" to "lock up" Darrow. An investigation into whether Kuehnlein's actions merit criminal charges is under way. Darrow met on Monday with a Saint Louis County Police Department detective.

    "I quickly learned that this was about finding something I did wrong and not the officer," Darrow said.

    Despite the official harassment, Darrow has been comforted by an unexpected level of support from the general public. Motorists who recognized him from various television interviews have stopped to thank him or give him the "thumbs up." A judge also dropped charges from the June traffic stop after a Saint Louis police officer failed to show up at a trial where Darrow had been prepared to defend himself with video evidence.

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  4. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Rofl. Twice will do, too. :)
     
  5. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Ive been truely floored at how many folks who normaly would not at all fit the roll of sheep think the kid 'had it comeing' on anything the cops have done because he was 'out looking' for bad cops. I mean like the fact that the kid records the encounters and puts himself in situations where he is doing nothing wrong or illegal but where he knows a lot of cops will screw with him then politely maintains his rights somehow means that he is a troublemaker and that the cops have little or no fault in the encounters. Seems to me he is preforming a public service by documenting the way that a lot of cops, especialy in that area, deal with people and ESPECIALY the way they deal with young people.
     
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