There is always a problem when any authority exceeds it constitutional limits, be it the MPD or anybody else. If it is unconstitutional for the police to demand ID on a passenger when the police are merely enforcing traffic laws, they do not have the right to go ahead and do it anyway.
If I am walking down the street minding my own business and the police stop me and ask me to show ID, I will not do so unless they can show some me probable cause as to why I should comply.
All of which does not give Mr. Stewart cause to run and then fight with that policeman.
Which is the proximate cause of his death, warrants or no, constitutional rights or no. Once the police knew he had warrants, they were perfectly within the law to handcuff him and take him to the slammer. He chose to resist and attack an officer doing his duty. That decision cost him his life.
If you abide by the LAW and do what is asked of you on a traffic stop, why would there by a problem? There will not be one, the suspect, stewart made the problem, he was the issue.
He knew he was wanted out of state and did not want to get a free ride to 201. Do the citizens of Memphis and the USA realize, if this crap continues, the police will not do anything to help you when needed. Who do you call if you are in an accident, your car is stolen, you have a prowler around your home? Who??? MPD that's who. you want them when you need them but want to dictate what they do, who are you? No one, they have policies to go by per tony Armstrong. don't second guess them, you don't know what you would do if you were the police officer, would you have taken an ass beating, I doubt it.
They do it! some don't but most do. Cannot wait to hear what mr stewart had in his system, maybe drugs, etc. but you guys seem to have made your choice and sided with this guy.
Hey, the officer was arrested for DUI, he made a mistake, he had to deal with that.
I don't agree with him still being employed after that. Not my call or is it yours. The department is running ok with Armstrong but soon no one will be running this town but the thugs because all of the good citizens are against the police. The best anyone can do now is move while you are still alive. this place is doomed.
It is important that "black owned businesses" are actually owned by black people and not just a front man or woman, and that the employee ranks have actual black workers, whose wages form the actual foundation of community.
Black wealth does matter. If things were reversed and blacks were the minority in numbers but majority holders of the wealth in Memphis, while whites were the majority in numbers and minority in wealth, the sentiment on the Caucasian side of this issue would be very different.
Watch all the white bigots come out now.
The first amendment means that we can start our own publication!!
" As we attempt to become free from tyranny and oppression, like-minded individuals must act."
People doing this 50 years ago is what got us in this mess in the first place!!
Teresa how do you retain good officers when you cut pensions, cut benefits, eliminate retiree healthcare (that you were promised 25 years ago when you were hired)? Also, no hope for advancement as there has only been 2 promotional exams in the past 12 years. No pay raises in 7 years. And the minuscule 2% raise that was just approved is only from Jan 2016 to July 2016 (13 paychecks in that time frame which amounts to an extra $24 dollars per paycheck for 13 paychecks). After July 2016 officers salaries revert back to what they are now. Gee, thanks City Council. Throw on to this the fact that hiring standards have been reduced from a mandatory 2 years of college or military experience from when I was hired to the current high school GED and waivers for previous arrests.
Wasn't Kay Robilio 70 years old when she resigned her Circuit Court seat? Hers is a blatant grab for a bigger County pension. And, I would think, she wouldn't be able to come dragging in at 10am if she were running the Clerk's office. Several (all?) of the people in the Clerk's race have skeletons rattling around. There doesn't seem to be a qualified candidate in the mix.
The Supreme Court disagrees with you Scott. I suppose you want to live in a world where criminals can be chauffeured around by their drivers free from the long reach of the law. I don't. The guy was 19 years old. Not a teen. A man. He did have warrants for his arrest and he attacked an officer with a deadly weapon (handcuffs).
There is a distinct lack of respect for authority in almost every one of the police shootings. I disagree with lifespalette in that the blue uniform does indicate authority and civilized people respect that authority.
Thanks for focusing on these important issues and ignoring the murders of five American servicemen!
No, hogtie is not a good thing, Mickey. The City of Memphis police killed Adam Pollow, a CBHS graduate, by hogtying him and throwing him into the back of a police car, after he was reported acting strangely at Bennigan's one afternoon (he was having a seizure). During the seizure, while hogtied by the Gestap....er, Memphis police, he vomited and died choking in the back of that police car. His parents subsequently settled (I believe) with the city and the Gestap... er, Memphis Police Department was ordered a a condition of settlement, to stop hogtying arrestees. It also cost the taxpayers of Memphis an undisclosed large sum of money to settle the lawsuit regarding the Gestap... er, police tactics.
The truth is hard for some to swallow,but must be digested. Your open-minded views are on point and unbias, rarely found today. As we attempt to become free from tyranny and oppression, like-minded individuals must act. There are many unjust evils occurring daily at the hands of corrupt officials and light must be shed on what's going on. The public has a right to know so we can defend ourselves against the illegal tactics used against us. Prejudice in office is against ALL, not any specific color! I would like to share my story with a man like you, as I deal only in fact. Unalienable Rights,and free will mean nothing to the powers that be, we must prove that the PEOPLE have the true power! No more Implied Consent, our voices must be heard.
Somebody needs to check whether Donald's hair piece has a rabies tag.
Chester and Brunetto,
I assume the police didn't know the deceased had taken drugs (illegal or otherwise). He was acting crazy. And the police shouldn't kill people simply because they are a threat to themselves. Maybe MPD aren't trained for this, comparing this to the other articles, maybe they aren't trained much at all.
Ya see Mickey, the idea behind trying to restrain a person who is a danger to himself is not to kill them.
We hire the wrong people to be cops and train them to be brutal. Until that changes, we'll continue to see too many of these stories. It's getting hard to see the forest for the trees, but one thing is certain, we need to revise our hiring, training and retention practices to screen out the liars, the trigger-happy and the bullies in favor of compassion, intelligence and professionalism. That's the only way to inject integrity back into the force. Let's create an atmosphere where good guys can thrive!
The police can't win for losing. If they fail to restrain and the suspect flails around and injuries himself, the police get sued. If they fail to restrain and the suspect injures medical personnel, the police get sued. If they DO restrain like they did here, the police get sued. What a thankless profession.
If you are spitting, biting, kicking, clawing.... hogtie is a good thing.
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