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December 03, 2013

Tennessee man arrested for picking his kids up on foot, challening cop's authority

This school would rather have parents line up their cars on the highway than have a parent pick up his kids on foot. Tennessee dad arrested for attempting to pick up kids after school on foot | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC
It’s a tragedy of wrong decisions and insecure personality, with a ridiculous result: In Cumberland County, Tennessee, a school district tried to deal with post-school traffic madness by imposing a rule that parents had to line up in their cars, stretching a half-mile, outside the school to pick up their kids in a presumably orderly fashion. They didn’t consider the possibility that any parent might want to bypass the line and pick up their kids on foot, basically because it is so rare. So, when dad Jim Howe showed up on foot to retrieve his kids after school was out but before the line of cars had done its thing, he was told he had to wait in line like everybody else; never mind that he wasn’t driving a car. When Howe asked for his kids to be released to him, the deputy sheriff apparently took it as a challenge to his authority and, to make a long story short, handcuffed Howe and put him in the back of a law enforcement vehicle.

November 25, 2013

Texas cop arrested for sexually assaulting a teenager in his patrol car

The first two times this cop sexually assaulted teenagers, he got away with it. So why wouldn't he try for a third time? Texas Cop Arrested For Raping 19-Year-Old Woman During A Traffic Stop | ThinkProgress
A San Antonio police officer has been arrested for cuffing and raping a 19-year-old woman over the weekend. The felony sexual assault charges are the third known accusation of sexual misconduct against Officer Jackie Len Neal. Neal, 40, pulled over the woman early Friday morning under the pretense of tracking a stolen car. She showed him a sales slip proving the car was hers. He then patted her down, ignoring her requests for a female officer, put her in handcuffs, and raped her in the back of his car, according to the arrest warrant. His car’s backseat camera was not working, which Neal almost certainly knew at the time, but his GPS showed him in the location of the rape for 18 minutes. “There is no such thing as consensual sex on duty,” Police Chief William McManus told reporters. “I feel silly even saying that we won’t tolerate it. Of course we won’t tolerate it. There is no gray area. This is a criminal offense.” Despite these tough words, the police department has been slow to act against Neal before this case despite multiple warning signs. McManus said another woman accused Neal of attacking her a few years ago but then refused to cooperate with an investigation, so Neal went unpunished. He was also caught dating an 18-year-old girl in a police educational program for teenagers, a violation that was punished with a 3 day suspension. While Neal is hopefully in the minority, he is hardly an anomaly. Another cop in nearby Houston, was sentenced last year for cuffing and raping a waitress in his patrol car. Nationally, there are twice as many reports of sexual misconduct by police as there are by the general public. Officers also have a higher rate of sexual violence at home; an estimated 40 percent of police families suffer from domestic violence, compared with 10 percent of the general population.