Your Papers, Please: Texas Cops Unlawfully Detain Driver; File False Charges

Watch these small town cops with big time attitudes hassle an innocent driver attempting to assert his rights. The “advice” that the prosecutor gives the defendant at around the fifteen minute mark says a hell of a lot about law enforcement in the hinterlands of the United States.

YouTube uploader ‘Snesin’ says:

I verbally objected to an unconstitutional search of my vehicle in Electra, Texas. Police officers Matt Wood and Gary Ellis maliciously responded by issuing me two false citations. I got a copy of the dashboard-camera video at the pretrial hearing. It showed all. City attorney Todd Greenwood demanded I give my copy of the evidence back, and tried to have me arrested when I refused.

Todd Greenwood then compared rural Texas to the movie Deliverance, and warned me “What’s written down in the Constitution is one thing, and the real practice is another.”

All charges dropped. Section 1983 anyone?

Pic: "snesin" (C0

Pic: “snesin” (C0

Hat tip: Mike H.

25 Comments on "Your Papers, Please: Texas Cops Unlawfully Detain Driver; File False Charges"

  1. They seriously need to make a show about Cops breaking the law.

    • Thurlow Weed | Mar 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm |

      “True Detective”. But, these bad men keep the bad men from the door.

      • This is true. I should have been more specific. A show like Cops, but instead of them catching their collar; It shows them breaking the law and suffering the consequences.

  2. Calypso_1 | Mar 2, 2014 at 10:35 pm |

    This prosecutor needs to explain his ‘advice’ to an ethics committee.

    • kowalityjesus | Mar 2, 2014 at 11:16 pm |

      It’s a real synopsis of the compromise we are faced with in a government devised by geniuses but run by happy people.

  3. kowalityjesus | Mar 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm |

    “I’m beginning to understand why you have the charges you do. You seem to have some expectation of public entities and your power over them. Some controlling sense,” as though elected officials are called “public servants” or some drivel like that! The nerve of some citizens!

    This guy is A+ awesome, we need people agitating for constitutional rights and technicalities in trivial cases or they will disintegrate in the face of emotion in important cases.

    • Thurlow Weed | Mar 3, 2014 at 1:55 am |

      Fine. You want to say all of that, ok. But the part about them NOT being bad cops; how do you know? I don’t presume to know either way. But clearly, they need much more than a reminder about duties and boundaries. A memo taped to their locker is not what these two cops need.

      • Better to shoot first and shoot later when it comes to the Police. Don’t even bother asking any questions because they’ll take the time you spent speaking to murder you.

        • Wow. Is this a joke or are you just crazy?

        • If you’re close, upper thighs/groin is the place to shoot for. Preferably with a shotgun, just like the VP recommends.

        • gustave courbet | Mar 3, 2014 at 2:47 pm |

          You’ve ably demonstrated that deranged police don’t have a monopoly on sociopathic tendencies. Or are you and Zenc agent provocateurs trying to goad people into agreeing with your deplorable perspective?

          • I’m definitely not trying to goad anyone into breaking the law.

            What I would like, is a legal environment where it is much clearer when and how deadly force can be used against Law Enforcement.

            Sending a bill to the taxpayer for a cop’s misbehavior doesn’t keep them in line nearly as well as watching his cop buddy get his head blown off for repeatedly violating someone’s rights.

          • gustave courbet | Mar 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm |

            So you think killing police would reduce the level of violence perpetrated by them?

          • I think that clearly opening them up to a reciprocal legal use of force would tend to curb their excesses.

          • gustave courbet | Mar 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm |

            I guess we can agree to disagree. I would argue that escalating violence against authoritarian power structures generally precipitates more violence, and you would tend to get more cops with itchy trigger fingers looking to avenge their fallen comrades via arbitrary use of force. I would add that expensive law-suits do indeed act as a deterrent towards police departments in hiring or continuing to employ dangerous or abusive officers. More oversight is what is needed which can be accomplished in a variety of ways.

          • You say that like violence is a bad thing.

          • While I view violence against anyone something to be avoided at all costs, there is an ever increasing, very real danger of a simple traffic stop ending up with you dead. Say, or do the wrong thing, even a little, and you’re done. I have no illusions about surviving such a situation. Once you’re forced to fight for your life against a cop, you’ve already lost, and guilt or innocence becomes a moot point. If it becomes apparent that I’m gonna die, I’m gonna do my best to make sure I don’t go alone. Because it’s almost certain that will be the only justice I get.

          • They could be working for the NSA, like we learned from Eddy Snowden from Moscow.

  4. Calypso_1 | Mar 2, 2014 at 11:12 pm |

    Looks like Mr. City Attorney is already looking for a new job and the citizens of Elektra are none too happy.
    “We need to start all over from the top,” McAlister says. “They cleared the police department and most of the citizens didn’t like that. We need to clear it from the top. Starting with city hall and work our way down and get rid of all of them and start over. “

  5. Ted Heistman | Mar 3, 2014 at 11:32 am |

    remind me not to drive through Texas. I don’t even like flying over it. ugly brown shithole, from what I’ve seen. I hear Austin is nice though.

    • The Well Dressed Man | Mar 3, 2014 at 11:59 am |

      It’s not so bad. You just have to play along with their myth that it’s the center of the universe.

      • Ted Heistman | Mar 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm |

        From what I saw its flat everything looks dead, plus urban sprawl, and fracking and drilling. I think I’ll pass. I also was in the Army with people from Texas, I got along with the Mexican Americans, the white guys were assholes. They would get drunk and talk about the Civil War and find some black guy to beat up and usually get their ass handed to them.

  6. The Well Dressed Man | Mar 3, 2014 at 11:51 am |

    This guy follows through admirably after the traffic stop, keeping the disc after getting the prosecutor to give it to him on camera is brilliant. However, he could have probably saved himself a lot of trouble by just turning on some “good ol boy” charm when he was stopped to begin with. When I was living in rural Texas with California plates, I got stopped all the time, and learned how to talk the talk.
    Get out of jail free card: “Well sir, I really do appreciate ya’ll takin the time to check in with me tonight, and I sure do respect what you do for the community in this great state of Texas.”

  7. InfvoCuernos | Mar 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm |

    As the prosecutor says, it isn’t that this is a new trend, its that it is all being recorded for all to see now. This trend started changing how white America looked at law enforcement with the Rodney King beating. The police all have an enormous chip on their shoulders and have, for far too long, wielded too much power. Couple that with poor diet, steroid use, and possible PTSD from veterans hired onto the force, and you have a powder keg, the match lighting it being the fact that the watchers now feel the pressure of being watched.

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