NewsAppeals Court Admonishes Police For Arresting Good Samaritan

Appeals Court Admonishes Police For Arresting Good Samaritan

“This case does not involve excessive force, or split-second decisions, or the chaos of a chase,” Judge Andrew Oldham wrote in the decision. “Rather it involves a simple, clearly established rule that all officers should know at all times … Do not lie.”
Although there was another eyewitness who also called 911 and gave the operator the same description of what happened, as well as the driver admitting he was drunk and failed a sobriety test, the officers still allowed him to leave while arresting Hughes.

HPD patrol officer Michael Garcia did not write about that in the sworn affidavit he handed in to support the charges filed against Hughes. Yet, Garcia and his partner, Joshua Few, believed the intoxicated man’s story. He told them that Hughes attacked him and pretended to be a police officer.  
Paul Doyle, Hughes’ criminal defense lawyer said, “You just wonder what motivated those officers. We can’t get people to respond to aggravated robberies and murders, but they’re gonna go after a Good Samaritan who happens to be African-American and go out of their way to arrest him when crime is rampant in our city. Like, actual crime.”

Both police officers are still on the force and it is unknown if they were ever disciplined.

Source: Black Enterprise

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