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2014-02-25 11:43:34 PM
He's not white. There's a shocker.


They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn't necessarily show up in a test.

Even a blood test? Horseshiat.
 
2014-02-25 11:47:41 PM

fusillade762: He's not white. There's a shocker.


They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn't necessarily show up in a test.

Even a blood test? Horseshiat.


Or a urine test.
 
2014-02-25 11:51:17 PM
Black, and in Texas. Yeah he's gonna get farked on that one,
 
2014-02-25 11:51:45 PM
What magistrate agreed there was PC on that?  Jesus farking christ.
 
2014-02-26 12:03:23 AM
Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you
 
2014-02-26 12:38:29 AM
The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?
 
2014-02-26 12:42:57 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?


DWB

/Driving While Balanceless
 
2014-02-26 12:46:13 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you


You forgot Oklahoma... and Arkansas.

/I could continue, but you get the point
 
2014-02-26 12:48:52 AM
What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.
 
2014-02-26 12:50:01 AM

fusillade762: He's not white. There's a shocker.


They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn't necessarily show up in a test.

Even a blood test? Horseshiat.


In this case I believe he means a roadside breath test, something which has yet to be reliably done for someone on marijuana
 
2014-02-26 12:52:24 AM
If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?
 
2014-02-26 12:53:17 AM

Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.


That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.
 
2014-02-26 12:53:20 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?


And they held him for 2 days, just to make sure he recovered from what ailed him. After all, I'm sure they had a doctor/medic come in and ensure that he was ok, right?
 
2014-02-26 12:53:22 AM
Is this fellow of African desc... ah, yeah.
 
2014-02-26 12:54:29 AM

morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?


Because he was arrested.
 
2014-02-26 12:55:13 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas the rest of the South with you

 
2014-02-26 12:55:40 AM

morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?


Because some unscrupulous landlords, employers and the like will use an arrest to turn you away even if there's no conviction.
 
2014-02-26 12:57:11 AM
And that is why you never do roadside acrobatics.  I'm stone sober right now and I would still need to use my arms to keep my balance while standing on one foot.
 
2014-02-26 12:57:34 AM
"Despite his insistence that he had had only one drink,"

Everybody has only ever had one drink.
 
2014-02-26 12:58:20 AM

fusillade762: He's not white. There's a shocker.


They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn't necessarily show up in a test.

Even a blood test? Horseshiat.


I am shocked, SHOCKED.
 
2014-02-26 12:59:17 AM

Linkster: Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.


That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.
 
2014-02-26 01:01:10 AM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.


So start being grateful to cops who don't just rape and shoot you, you ingrates!  They can, you know!  Whiners, the lot of you.
 
2014-02-26 01:02:24 AM
He admitted to having a drink that night, he was going to be arrested no matter what happened after that.  Someone cue the "don't talk to police" video
 
2014-02-26 01:05:21 AM
I say they should arrest and screw over anybody in Texas who wears a New York hat hat. you know theyd fark you over. Just read this thread.

l1.yimg.com
 
2014-02-26 01:05:23 AM
I'm not sure why y'all are complaining, isn't this what you wanted? Stronger police presence? You only have yourselves to blame for that.
 
2014-02-26 01:06:50 AM
saw the head line and thought its one of thwo things:

1. Black guy ( which it was)

2. Damn yankee who talked smack to a texas good ol' boy cop.
 
2014-02-26 01:09:54 AM
Yes, even the d**kheads are bigger in Texass.
 
2014-02-26 01:14:03 AM
"Sir, have you been drinking"

"I sure have! Am I free to go?"
 
2014-02-26 01:14:11 AM
This is what happens when you vote for Democrats and Republicans. The worst that will happen is there will be a lawsuit and a settlement... paid for by the taxpayers.
 
2014-02-26 01:14:12 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?


An impaired coordination can certainly be arrestable if you're driving.  Many people with balance disorders cannot legally drive because their condition impairs their ability to drive safely.

He wasn't charged with DWI, he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.
 
2014-02-26 01:15:54 AM

Sum Dum Gai: He wasn't charged with DWI, he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.


Also aggravated window shopping, stumbling with intent to fall and malicious wandering.  Plus, talkin' hibbity jibbity to da law.
 
2014-02-26 01:16:34 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?

Because some unscrupulous landlords, employers and the like will use an arrest to turn you away even if there's no conviction.


In Texas, just because the charges are dropped does not mean the arrest is expunged from the public record.  It will likely follow him his entire life.
 
2014-02-26 01:20:36 AM

Sum Dum Gai: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?

An impaired coordination can certainly be arrestable if you're driving.  Many people with balance disorders cannot legally drive because their condition impairs their ability to drive safely.

He wasn't charged with DWI, he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.


As an Austinite who has taken defensive driving several times, it wass always explained that one can still be cited/arrested for some variant of DUI, regardless of any and all roadside tests.

If the cop feels you are a danger on the road, you are probably going to jail for the night.
 
2014-02-26 01:24:04 AM
DWB?
 
2014-02-26 01:26:32 AM

findthefish: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?

Because some unscrupulous landlords, employers and the like will use an arrest to turn you away even if there's no conviction.

In Texas, just because the charges are dropped does not mean the arrest is expunged from the public record.  It will likely follow him his entire life.


Not if he moves up north to the state of utopia
 
2014-02-26 01:31:18 AM

sprgrss: What magistrate agreed there was PC on that?  Jesus farking christ.


None.  That's why he was released the next day.  No judge was needed.  He consented to the blood test, so no need for a warrant.  And he wasn't held for more than (24/48/72) hours (it varies depending on jurisdiction and offense) so there was no need to take him before a judge.
 
2014-02-26 01:34:51 AM
I understand that you are just trying to a good job officer, but in times like these I've been advised by legal council not to answer any questions; I do not consent to any searches; I do not consent to any seizures.

If a cop tries to talk you up after you sign a ticket just leave as you are free to go.
 
2014-02-26 01:39:16 AM

ArkAngel: In this case I believe he means a roadside breath test, something which has yet to be reliably done for someone on marijuana


You kidding? Smell their breath...

/when you don't smoke, the smell is pretty obvious
 
2014-02-26 01:41:43 AM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-26 01:42:24 AM

midway_the_great: And that is why you never do roadside acrobatics.  I'm stone sober right now and I would still need to use my arms to keep my balance while standing on one foot.


Damn straight.  I'm one coordinated sumb*tch, but I'll be damned if I can close my eyes, stand only on my weak-side foot, on uneven ground, in the wind, with cars whizzing by, lean my head back, put my arms straight out, and alternate between straight arm and ring finger to nose back and forth.  That bullsh*t is straight-up made to get convictions, whether or not the person convicted was actually intoxicated.

Evidence?  What more do you need?  Look at this guy!  He can't even hold a warrior 3 pose with arms overhead for 3 minutes while standing on this patch of ice on a hill......  Oh wait, Goddamn.  He did hold it for 3 minutes... Well, he looked a little shaky there towards the end...  GUILTY!!!
 
2014-02-26 01:43:46 AM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Linkster: Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.

That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.



Specifically the chief in Austin, Tx.   What's the deal with Austin pd?
 
2014-02-26 01:46:26 AM
Texas exists and yet we only deploy SEALs in foreign counties.


I want to see a pile of these cops and judges naked in abu grabe
 
2014-02-26 01:51:19 AM

Candygram for Mongo: Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Linkster: Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.

That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.


Specifically the chief in Austin, Tx.   What's the deal with Austin pd?


Austin is full of those hipsters that are always insisting that not all of Texas is awful. The PD is full of people that are pissed off with hipsters trying to make Texas not-awful.
 
2014-02-26 01:53:15 AM
Texas: It's like a whole other banana republic
 
2014-02-26 01:54:37 AM

Candygram for Mongo: Specifically the chief in Austin, Tx. What's the deal with Austin pd?


Yeah, I was thinking it was the same department, but I was on my tablet and didn't want to verify it.
 
2014-02-26 01:58:49 AM
Texas can feel free to succeed, but the places that they can take with them would result in there being a few islands of normalcy surrounded by the Confederated HOAs of Merica.
 
2014-02-26 02:06:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you


Says the dumbass in California.

/bless your heart
 
2014-02-26 02:08:16 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-26 02:09:09 AM

r1niceboy: Texas can feel free to succeed, but the places that they can take with them would result in there being a few islands of normalcy surrounded by the Confederated HOAs of Merica.


Erm, that word doesn't mean what you think it means.
 
2014-02-26 02:11:20 AM

Don't Troll Me Bro!: midway_the_great: And that is why you never do roadside acrobatics.  I'm stone sober right now and I would still need to use my arms to keep my balance while standing on one foot.

Damn straight.  I'm one coordinated sumb*tch, but I'll be damned if I can close my eyes, stand only on my weak-side foot, on uneven ground, in the wind, with cars whizzing by, lean my head back, put my arms straight out, and alternate between straight arm and ring finger to nose back and forth.  That bullsh*t is straight-up made to get convictions, whether or not the person convicted was actually intoxicated.

Evidence?  What more do you need?  Look at this guy!  He can't even hold a warrior 3 pose with arms overhead for 3 minutes while standing on this patch of ice on a hill......  Oh wait, Goddamn.  He did hold it for 3 minutes... Well, he looked a little shaky there towards the end...  GUILTY!!!


And if you pass it they'll just make you take it again. We just had a story last week about a guy who was made to take the FST SIX TIMES.  He passed every one and they still arrested him.
 
2014-02-26 02:15:51 AM

ArkAngel: fusillade762: He's not white. There's a shocker.


They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn't necessarily show up in a test.

Even a blood test? Horseshiat.

In this case I believe he means a roadside breath test, something which has yet to be reliably done for someone on marijuana


Roadside saliva tests for marijuana (and other drugs simultaneously) have been used for a few years here in Australia, with high reliability. Of course this is a country where roadside alcohol breath analysis is common.
 
2014-02-26 02:17:10 AM
Cops hassle a guy during a traffic stop who admitted having one drink ? Sheeeeeeeet, some cops I knew were the biggest drunks in the bar I used to see them in. JJ Foley's in Boston was a popular cop bar, I should have called the cops to report seeing their drunk colleagues stumbling out the place.
 
2014-02-26 02:18:01 AM

doglover: I want to see a pile of these cops and judges naked in abu grabe


This does not surprise me at all.
 
2014-02-26 02:21:04 AM
Constable Savage - http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BO8EpfyCG 2Y
 
2014-02-26 02:26:11 AM
Abu Grape

When you crave the flavor of ......
 
2014-02-26 02:31:21 AM

mikaloyd: doglover: I want to see a pile of these cops and judges naked in abu grabe

This does not surprise me at all.


They're terrorists running an operation in the borders of the Continental United States. Just because they didn't come from the middle east doesn't mean we're not at war with them.

Seriously, Texas has more crooked officials than a... crooked museum? I got nothin', but a non-trivial number of these stories come from Texas. And almost 100% of patent trolling happens in one county. It's time to call a spade a spade.
 
2014-02-26 02:34:43 AM

zerkalo: Texas: It's like a whole other banana republic


I'm pretty sure that you mean Dallas.

Austin is more like Old Navy...
 
2014-02-26 02:38:20 AM
This is the type of shiat we open ourselves up to when the populace overreacts to DUIs. When someone is impaired it's quite obvious, there's nothing iffy about it, and that should be the only time an arrest is made. Laws that support racism need to be flushed from the system.
 
2014-02-26 02:38:45 AM

OhioUGrad: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas the rest of the South with you


We tried. Y'all seem to have gotten a little pissy about that.
 
2014-02-26 02:44:08 AM

PolyHatSnake: OhioUGrad: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas the rest of the South with you

We tried. Y'all seem to have gotten a little pissy about that.


Try again, this time without the human rights violations, and it might go smoother.
 
2014-02-26 02:53:34 AM

MayoSlather: This is the type of shiat we open ourselves up to when the populace overreacts to DUIs. When someone is impaired it's quite obvious, there's nothing iffy about it, and that should be the only time an arrest is made. Laws that support racism need to be flushed from the system.


The real problem with America is our basic hypocrisy which arises from the diverse roots of our culture.

American culture was heavily influenced by the Puritains and to this day the fire and brimstone burns bright in the zeitgeist and all people who break the rules must be PUNISHED as though in the hands of an angry god.

On the other hand, American culture is superficially about acceptance, freedom, and enlightenment. So we try to treat people fairly and not just steamroll the poor into a queue for the gallows or slavery like Britain used to do. So we don't do any sensible(expedient) corporal punishments and instead allow fines.

We are compel the law to punish on a scale far beyond that of the crime, and yet we cannot bring ourselves to allow it to do more than fine them and/or stick them in jail.

So, it allows the police and a crooked judge to set up a very profitable enterprise in a small town. The cops pull people in and charge them with minor BS, the judge collects their checks. And lets not even talk about the money West Texas rakes in on what should be illegal patent litigation. There's an entire town that caters to visiting lawyers.
 
2014-02-26 02:57:50 AM

Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.


Bwahahaha

Wait, that's probably not a joke at all...
 
2014-02-26 03:26:04 AM

doglover: mikaloyd: doglover: I want to see a pile of these cops and judges naked in abu grabe

This does not surprise me at all.

They're terrorists running an operation in the borders of the Continental United States. Just because they didn't come from the middle east doesn't mean we're not at war with them.

Seriously, Texas has more crooked officials than a... crooked museum? I got nothin', but a non-trivial number of these stories come from Texas. And almost 100% of patent trolling happens in one county. It's time to call a spade a spade.


I fully expect to see you giving Chicago both barrels at the top of the queue now Cap'n
 
2014-02-26 03:36:00 AM
If he was displaying signs and symptoms of intoxication, that can be DWI even if there is no alcohol present. Swaying on one leg and needing arms to balance could be intoxication or just poor balance on a potentially uneven surface. A breath test doesn't reveal  any other drugs you may be on at the time and a blood test has to go to the lab and be analyzed so that can take weeks.  You can get a DWI for prescription medicine you are taking, legal substances that impair driving, any substance even if there isn't a positive breath test.

Assuming the suspect/victim of the arrest is stating the truth that the balance issues and traffic violation were the only recognizable symptom, that is a little iffy. However we don't have the police report to verify his story so there may be a little skepticism.  It may be tough to expunge the arrest depending on the requirements of Texas as a judge could find there was probable cause for the arrest even if ultimately there is not enough evidence to proceed.  Not every arrest leads to a charge but not every arrest that isn't charged had no basis for that officers actions.  This case seems a little light, but we don't have the whole story, just the victim/suspects version.
 
2014-02-26 03:44:38 AM
Came to see if the guy was black, leaving 100% unsurprised.
 
2014-02-26 03:50:10 AM
if you are a cop, you are a power tripping asshole and you should shoot yourself.
 
2014-02-26 03:56:31 AM
I got a DUI in Texas for driving a sports car while having long hair at night.  They lost the video tape of me 'failing' the physical sobriety test, and the breathalyzer "broke down" and the memory was blank ;)

I heard from another officer friend who said that the arresting officer thought that, since I was a long-haired hippie driving a sports car at night, maybe I was delivering drugs or something.  Nope.  I was visiting my girlfriend on the weekend ;)
 
2014-02-26 04:07:43 AM

mikaloyd: doglover: mikaloyd: doglover: I want to see a pile of these cops and judges naked in abu grabe

This does not surprise me at all.

They're terrorists running an operation in the borders of the Continental United States. Just because they didn't come from the middle east doesn't mean we're not at war with them.

Seriously, Texas has more crooked officials than a... crooked museum? I got nothin', but a non-trivial number of these stories come from Texas. And almost 100% of patent trolling happens in one county. It's time to call a spade a spade.

I fully expect to see you giving Chicago both barrels at the top of the queue now Cap'n


Texas first. Then LAPD, then Chi town
 
2014-02-26 04:08:55 AM
Why is the South really bad at everything, including being 2014 human beings?  I don't get why they haven't caught up the rest of civilization....
 
2014-02-26 04:25:10 AM
Will there ever be a news story that would make anyone on the coasts want to move to Texas?
 
2014-02-26 04:32:34 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?


If it's not medically documented as a medical issue with some confirmation from a doctor, actually the testimony of the police officer is considered legally sufficient evidence of impairment regardless of what the test says.

Well, legally, and in terms of filing charges... actually convicting someone is pretty much impossible if they requested a blood test and came up negative, which is why the cops generally won't use their discretion to override it.  It's sort of an exercise in futility to toss things to the DA that are impossible to prosecute successfully.
 
2014-02-26 04:46:35 AM

doglover: Texas first. Then LAPD, then Chi town


Texas has its share of good ol' boys bullshiat, but it has  nothing on Chicago.  And actually the cities in TX are relatively clean, we've just got more rural areas and thus more of the small-town bullshiat that exists in small-town everywhere.  Chicago has had its police force  literally working for organized crime at one point.

All that said, the larger point being ignored here is that anyone that thinks any state but Louisiana comes out on top for anything corruption-related  really hasn't been paying attention.  Works commissioners having a literal fridge stuffed with cash for and from under-the-table dealings  barely even made the news in-state there.
 
2014-02-26 04:56:44 AM
That's why you always make sure your partner is drunk or stoned so you can get a good reading on those tests.

Don't leave this stuff to chance
 
2014-02-26 05:00:43 AM
For roadside tests, always ask the officer to demonstrate, then question his sobriety.
 
2014-02-26 05:19:53 AM
What happens if you decline to answer the question of whether you've been drinking by invoking the 5th Amendment?  Assuming you're not a Yankees fan DWB in Texas, in which case you're always screwed.
 
2014-02-26 05:33:53 AM
Driving While Impaired. My mentally ill aunt gets popped for DWI all the time, usually as a result of certain drugs not being in her system.

Interesting to see if they can prove impairment in court though, given that they're apparently not even clear on whether it was a stop sign or light.
 
2014-02-26 06:09:17 AM

Myria: Yankees fan


Is an American wearing a NY cap usually a fan? I've seen plenty of Europeans over here wearing those things who don't even watch baseball.

/and of course "Yankee" here means "person from the USA"
 
2014-02-26 06:09:20 AM

August11: Will there ever be a news story that would make anyone on the coasts want to move to Texas?


I *did*read an article about how Texas has attracted many people due to the job market and a lower cost of living...

/ still not going to move there, most of it looks like a barren wasteland compared to the Pacific Northwest...
 
2014-02-26 06:18:03 AM
DWB actually IS on the books in Texas. You can be arrested for driving while black.
 
2014-02-26 06:20:19 AM
The real news here is they found a black guy in Austin!
 
2014-02-26 06:20:27 AM

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Linkster: Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.

That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.


For the last time, that's not what he said.  He was exasperated about the situation being blown up as much as it was, and said "Man, other PDs have to deal with farking sexual assaults being committed by their officers.  If this is the worst scandal that my department has to deal with, I must be doing something right,".  I distrust the direction that police are going as much as anyone, but lying about this sort of thing serves no one.

/inb4 someone calls me a fascist bootliker
 
2014-02-26 06:26:34 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you


don't forget Illinois... don't want to leave any out now... might be rude. :)
 
2014-02-26 06:29:26 AM

mchaboud: zerkalo: Texas: It's like a whole other banana republic

I'm pretty sure that you mean Dallas.

Austin is more like Old Navy...


With a pinch of PacSun
 
2014-02-26 06:31:48 AM
Austin PD only became accredited by CALEA in 2000.

He may have run a red light (article said reports vary) so he might not just have "rolled" a stop sign.  Either way, those penalties should be increased.   People are maimed and killed from such actions.
 
2014-02-26 06:33:20 AM

doglover: Texas exists and yet we only deploy SEALs in foreign counties.


I want to see a pile of these cops and judges naked in abu grabe


boy do you have an odd fetish...

/to each his own... :P
 
2014-02-26 06:33:24 AM

August11: Will there ever be a news story that would make anyone on the coasts want to move to Texas?


Check back this summer when the wildfires really get going. Meanwhile, despite our oh-so-obvious flaws, people keep flocking here in record numbers
 
2014-02-26 06:40:32 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: August11: Will there ever be a news story that would make anyone on the coasts want to move to Texas?

I *did*read an article about how Texas has attracted many people due to the job market and a lower cost of living...

/ still not going to move there, most of it looks like a barren wasteland compared to the Pacific Northwest...


I kinda like the landscape. It is the people that concern me. I've known five Texans. All five are some of the best people I have ever met in my life. Any simple question about why they are no longer there will be answered along the lines of they had to get the hell out. So who did they leave behind??
 
2014-02-26 06:42:23 AM
To be honest I don't see the problem here IF and it is indeed a big if;

A) The arrest is expunged
B) His legal costs are reimbursed
C) A small settlement for his inconvenience is given and in a perfect world it would be garnished from the wages of the officers who arrested him

The police should have the power to remove any driver from the road under a suspicion of intoxication.  There are hundreds of ways that a person can impair themselves and only so much room for testing kits in a cruiser. The officers in this case stepped way over the line but legislating the need to have a positive test for an arrest would be a mistake.
 
2014-02-26 06:44:15 AM

Daedalus27: If he was displaying signs and symptoms of intoxication, that can be DWI even if there is no alcohol present. Swaying on one leg and needing arms to balance could be intoxication or just poor balance on a potentially uneven surface. A breath test doesn't reveal  any other drugs you may be on at the time and a blood test has to go to the lab and be analyzed so that can take weeks.  You can get a DWI for prescription medicine you are taking, legal substances that impair driving, any substance even if there isn't a positive breath test.

Assuming the suspect/victim of the arrest is stating the truth that the balance issues and traffic violation were the only recognizable symptom, that is a little iffy. However we don't have the police report to verify his story so there may be a little skepticism.  It may be tough to expunge the arrest depending on the requirements of Texas as a judge could find there was probable cause for the arrest even if ultimately there is not enough evidence to proceed.  Not every arrest leads to a charge but not every arrest that isn't charged had no basis for that officers actions.  This case seems a little light, but we don't have the whole story, just the victim/suspects version.


FTA: "KVUE notes that as they started to investigate the manner, Travis County prosecutors dismissed the case completely"

I'm sorry... you were saying?
 
2014-02-26 06:46:36 AM

Jim_Callahan: doglover: Texas first. Then LAPD, then Chi town

Texas has its share of good ol' boys bullshiat, but it has  nothing on Chicago.  And actually the cities in TX are relatively clean, we've just got more rural areas and thus more of the small-town bullshiat that exists in small-town everywhere.  Chicago has had its police force  literally working for organized crime at one point.

All that said, the larger point being ignored here is that anyone that thinks any state but Louisiana comes out on top for anything corruption-related  really hasn't been paying attention.  Works commissioners having a literal fridge stuffed with cash for and from under-the-table dealings  barely even made the news in-state there.


What do you expect from a state where the main city was founded by Pirates/Privateers ?
 
2014-02-26 06:48:47 AM

morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?


If the case is dismissed the arrest shows on you record forever.

/happened to me
/lawyer said "too bad"
/Florida
 
2014-02-26 06:49:16 AM

HaywoodJablonski: The real news here is they found a black guy in Austin!


who wasn't already on a tree...

/yes, I am going to hell for even thinking that, but we are talking about Texas after all.
 
2014-02-26 06:51:17 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you


OhioUGrad: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas the rest of the South with you


Stay in New York eh?
 
2014-02-26 06:56:20 AM
Those DWI tests can be pretty hard..

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-26 07:05:38 AM

Jim_Callahan: doglover: Texas first. Then LAPD, then Chi town

Texas has its share of good ol' boys bullshiat, but it has  nothing on Chicago.  And actually the cities in TX are relatively clean, we've just got more rural areas and thus more of the small-town bullshiat that exists in small-town everywhere.  Chicago has had its police force  literally working for organized crime at one point.

All that said, the larger point being ignored here is that anyone that thinks any state but Louisiana comes out on top for anything corruption-related  really hasn't been paying attention.  Works commissioners having a literal fridge stuffed with cash for and from under-the-table dealings  barely even made the news in-state there.


Louisiana hardly feels like a part of the same country. Chicago, Texas, LA, and Florida are all relatively cohesive, no matter how stupid and corrupt, but Louisiana in general and New Orleans in particular are so alien that they might as well be Cancun. Everything from the legal system to the language to the food to the partying is just so different from the rest of the country, it's hard to even compare them.

And that's awesome.

/Hawaii and Alaska are similar, but at least have the excuse of being thousands of miles from the rest of us.
 
2014-02-26 07:06:29 AM

parahaps: Candygram for Mongo: Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Linkster: Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.

That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.


Specifically the chief in Austin, Tx.   What's the deal with Austin pd?

Austin is full of those hipsters that are always insisting that not all of Texas is awful. The PD is full of people that are pissed off with hipsters trying to make Texas not-awful.


I've only been there two weeks in the last two years, but I find this is shockingly accurate.

Hilariously it seems one of their slogans is "keep Austin weird." If THAT town is the weird one... yikes. Maybe the new slogan needs to be "help Austin unclench."
 
2014-02-26 07:13:20 AM

Typhoid: parahaps: Candygram for Mongo: Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Linkster: Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

That's New Mexico.

See kids, even if you do something that is not that serious, the 'System' can and will fark up your life if they want.

That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.


Specifically the chief in Austin, Tx.   What's the deal with Austin pd?

Austin is full of those hipsters that are always insisting that not all of Texas is awful. The PD is full of people that are pissed off with hipsters trying to make Texas not-awful.

I've only been there two weeks in the last two years, but I find this is shockingly accurate.

Hilariously it seems one of their slogans is "keep Austin weird." If THAT town is the weird one... yikes. Maybe the new slogan needs to be "help Austin unclench."


Austin hasn't been weird for 2 decades. Today, it's a glorified suburb of Houston and Dallas, where fraidy cat whites go to flee the minorities found in the cities
 
2014-02-26 07:18:46 AM
The APD said they're going by a "take-no-chances" policy.

so put everyone in jail for the night?
 
2014-02-26 07:24:22 AM
Police Chief: "At least the officers didn't sexually assault him."
 
2014-02-26 07:26:52 AM

doublesecretprobation: The APD said they're going by a "take-no-chances" policy.

so put everyone in jail for the night?


It's really the only way to be safe. Better safe than sorry. If you see something, say something.
 
2014-02-26 07:29:38 AM

Pokey.Clyde: r1niceboy: Texas can feel free to succeed, but the places that they can take with them would result in there being a few islands of normalcy surrounded by the Confederated HOAs of Merica.

Erm, that word doesn't mean what you think it means.



izquotes.com
 
2014-02-26 07:30:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you


It will never happen. TX is poised to go BLUE state in a few years. Just be patient, you dont want to give up a dependent voting block as big as that
 
2014-02-26 07:32:06 AM

doublesecretprobation: The APD said they're going by a "take-no-chances" policy.

so put everyone in jail for the night?


Now to be officially referred to as the "Texas sleepover"?
 
2014-02-26 07:33:26 AM

sprgrss: What magistrate agreed there was PC on that?


A white one.
 
2014-02-26 07:35:04 AM

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?



Yeah, I'm not always 100% steady on my feet, either, but it's largely because I have a poor diet---a metric shiat ton of caffeine and sugar---and often get too little sleep.    The caffeine can make me a bit wobbly.
 
2014-02-26 07:36:32 AM
The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest

Keep Austin Authoritarian
 
2014-02-26 08:07:16 AM
Gee, I wonder if he was black?
 
2014-02-26 08:08:18 AM

midway_the_great: And that is why you never do roadside acrobatics.  I'm stone sober right now and I would still need to use my arms to keep my balance while standing on one foot.


In some states Implied Consent applies as soon as the officer suspects impairment. In other states, like my Pennsylvania, Implied Consent does not come into effect until the arrest occurs (theoretically meaning PC has been established).

I would be careful refusing field sobriety tests or preliminary breath tests unless you know the law in the jurisdiction you are in. Even if you are stone cold sober you could end up with a license suspension even if you are never charged with DUI.
 
2014-02-26 08:09:23 AM
No need to turn this into a Texas thing or 'red state' thing.

NYPD cops just shoot you for being black and LAPD cops burn down your house.
 
2014-02-26 08:15:36 AM
ThatGuyFromTheInternet [TotalFark]
2014-02-25 11:51:17 PM


Black, and in Texas. Yeah he's gonna get farked on that one,

Yeah if only he was as safe as blacks in liberal utopia's like
Calif,
Philly
NY, or Chicago
 
2014-02-26 08:18:22 AM

HaywoodJablonski: Austin hasn't been weird for 2 decades. Today, it's a glorified suburb of Houston and Dallas, where fraidy cat whites go to flee the minorities found in the cities


Austin has Peelander Yellow prowling the streets on his yellow bike, painting barns and buildings and trucks and whatever else he can get his grimy yellow mitts on. The man radiates weird.

sxsw.com
 
2014-02-26 08:21:43 AM

FizixJunkee: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?


Yeah, I'm not always 100% steady on my feet, either, but it's largely because I have a poor diet---a metric shiat ton of caffeine and sugar---and often get too little sleep.    The caffeine can make me a bit wobbly.


We've done too much to demonize alcohol specifically when driving.  If it's sleep deprivation, caffeine overdose, and/or blood sugar that's causing your impairment, you're still dangerous.

Unless you're claiming that things that make you wobbly in a field sobriety test don't necessarily impair your driving ability.  That's probably true in theory for some kinds of impairment, but I don't think any of the ones you listed are in that group.  Sleep deprivation is especially dangerous.
 
2014-02-26 08:26:08 AM

Ilmarinen: Myria: Yankees fan

Is an American wearing a NY cap usually a fan? I've seen plenty of Europeans over here wearing those things who don't even watch baseball.

/and of course "Yankee" here means "person from the USA"


Well, if you ever visit Boston, I'd strongly advise not wearing one... You'll be assumed to be a Yankees fan, and they're not very well liked in Red Sox territory...
 
2014-02-26 08:27:42 AM

evilmrsock: HaywoodJablonski: Austin hasn't been weird for 2 decades. Today, it's a glorified suburb of Houston and Dallas, where fraidy cat whites go to flee the minorities found in the cities

Austin has Peelander Yellow prowling the streets on his yellow bike, painting barns and buildings and trucks and whatever else he can get his grimy yellow mitts on. The man radiates weird.

[sxsw.com image 300x450]


Never heard of a Peelander.  That's trying too hard to be weird, and making money off of it.  Doesn't count.

We do, however, have our own version of Groundhog Day (pic is borderline NSFW).
 
2014-02-26 08:31:24 AM
Police dash cam?
 
2014-02-26 08:44:56 AM

MayoSlather: PolyHatSnake: OhioUGrad: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas the rest of the South with you

We tried. Y'all seem to have gotten a little pissy about that.

Try again, this time without the human rights violations, and it might go smoother.


Awww how cute. You're still under the impression that war was about slavery.

Nice to see you've done nothing to counter your indoctrination, comrade.
 
2014-02-26 08:46:44 AM

badhatharry: doublesecretprobation: The APD said they're going by a "take-no-chances" policy.

so put everyone in jail for the night?

It's really the only way to be safe. Better safe than sorry. If you see something, say something.


Unless you're Kickass' dad.
 
2014-02-26 08:48:38 AM
The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

Yeah, that's me sober.  Balancing on one leg is hard when you get older.


Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.


Oh yeah, that *was* Austin.
 
2014-02-26 08:52:03 AM

SlothB77: Balancing on one leg is hard when you get older.


I am thirty-six years of age. I require use of my arms for balance when standing on one leg during a Wii Fit fitness test. I had assumed the situation to be normal.
 
2014-02-26 08:58:59 AM

nytmare: "Despite his insistence that he had had only one drink,"

Everybody has only ever had one drink.


Bullshiat. I will guarantee every cop and ems worker is calling bullshiat on you right now. The number is 2. Every drunk I have ever treated or transported had claimed to only have had 2 drinks.
 
2014-02-26 09:10:42 AM

MayoSlather: Try again, this time without the human rights violations, and it might go smoother.


Doubtful. The Civil War was because those states tried to secede, not because they allowed slavery.
 
2014-02-26 09:12:32 AM
Patrolman Bubba:  Hey, Dispatch!  We got's ourselfs a susspec what admits to havin a beer fore or faaav howers back, but he done blown a zero point zero one the breathamathingy.  What we gonna do?

Dispatch:  Hey, Bubba! How's yer maw?  Anyhoo, zero point zero, ya say?  Whell, whut colur is he?

Patrolman Bubba:  Why, he's blacker than the inside of yer sister's poop shoot.

Dispatch:  Cuff 'em, Bubba.  I'll git the rubber hose ready...

\fark Texas
 
2014-02-26 09:19:43 AM
Just a typo.  Clearly the Texas officer meant DWB.
 
2014-02-26 09:22:38 AM
My in laws are trying to talk us into moving to TX.  They had to discuss it among themselves if I was white or not, I'm not about to give TX cops a chance to discuss it.

My sil brought it up to my mil, before I married, how she thought I was Mexican.  Which seemed real odd, because this was while they were planning a wedding for my wife's other sister to a Mexican citizen.
 
2014-02-26 09:27:50 AM

HindiDiscoMonster: HaywoodJablonski: The real news here is they found a black guy in Austin!

who wasn't already on a tree...

/yes, I am going to hell for even thinking that, but we are talking about Texas after all.


You really are stupid.
 
2014-02-26 09:37:42 AM
 
2014-02-26 09:41:08 AM
FTFA: "The APD said they're going by a "take-no-chances" policy"


Yeah, there was DWI money there. They have a "take no chance" on skipping on them benjamins. Texas attacked it's DWI issues by making it very, very profitable for municipalities to charge people with DWI.

CSB\
One of my buddies got pulled over on 35 up in Round Rock in the middle of the night heading back from a party. He had had a couple of drinks but was not drunk. He was messing with his radio, swerved, got pulled over. Long story short: he was on the side of the road for over an hour while 3 different cops ran sobriety tests with no signs of impairment. A supervisor showed up and said, without any other tests, "haul him in". He ended up blowing .02 and getting off, but not before $4,000 in lawyer fees.
\CSB

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Black, and in Texas. Yeah he's gonna get farked on that one,


This didn't have anything to do with race. This had everything to do with money. If this was in WilCo I'd agree with you, but APD isn't that bad of a PD. However WilCo is everything you would think a southern country Sheriff's office would be. They will harass you if they get don't like something about you.
 
2014-02-26 09:41:34 AM

fusillade762: He's not white. There's a shocker.


They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn't necessarily show up in a test.

Even a blood test? Horseshiat.


I like living in Austin, but we have a major problem with racist cops.
 
2014-02-26 09:44:49 AM
I guess I am struggling a bit with why people are assuming that this type of action, whether it is just over zealous cops or racial profiling, happens only in Texas.  This type of activity happens in every state of the union.  It is always funny to watch the insecure mouth breathers come over the top anytime anything, including nation wide problems, happens in Texas.  And yes, I know part of it is because Texans, like myself, tend to react when idiots make idiotic comments.
 
2014-02-26 09:45:44 AM

MadMattressMack: FTFA: "The APD said they're going by a "take-no-chances" policy"


Yeah, there was DWI money there. They have a "take no chance" on skipping on them benjamins. Texas attacked it's DWI issues by making it very, very profitable for municipalities to charge people with DWI.

CSB\
One of my buddies got pulled over on 35 up in Round Rock in the middle of the night heading back from a party. He had had a couple of drinks but was not drunk. He was messing with his radio, swerved, got pulled over. Long story short: he was on the side of the road for over an hour while 3 different cops ran sobriety tests with no signs of impairment. A supervisor showed up and said, without any other tests, "haul him in". He ended up blowing .02 and getting off, but not before $4,000 in lawyer fees.
\CSB

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: Black, and in Texas. Yeah he's gonna get farked on that one,

This didn't have anything to do with race. This had everything to do with money. If this was in WilCo I'd agree with you, but APD isn't that bad of a PD. However WilCo is everything you would think a southern country Sheriff's office would be. They will harass you if they get don't like something about you.


They must not have "per se" laws there. In Pa, regardless of what your bac is you can be found guilty of DUI with any measurable amount of alcohol. .08 merely guarantees conviction. If the officer claims you were impaired, you can pretty much bet he will "prove" it in court.
 
2014-02-26 09:57:21 AM
One cop in Oregon was doing this and got called on it.  IIRC, the county got sued and settled as well:

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/20/2067.asp
 
2014-02-26 09:59:31 AM

Yellow Beard: They must not have "per se" laws there. In Pa, regardless of what your bac is you can be found guilty of DUI with any measurable amount of alcohol. .08 merely guarantees conviction. If the officer claims you were impaired, you can pretty much bet he will "prove" it in court.


That is true here as well. However the hour of testing him by 3 cops who brought 3 cars that created 3 different sets of dash cam footage showing him not failing field sobriety tests threw that argument out. He wasn't doing everything perfect, but there was obviously some sort of reasonable doubt in the officer's minds.
 
2014-02-26 10:04:33 AM

MycroftHolmes: I guess I am struggling a bit with why people are assuming that this type of action, whether it is just over zealous cops or racial profiling, happens only in Texas.  This type of activity happens in every state of the union.  It is always funny to watch the insecure mouth breathers come over the top anytime anything, including nation wide problems, happens in Texas.  And yes, I know part of it is because Texans, like myself, tend to react when idiots make idiotic comments.


You really sound like a farking douche when you use terms like "mouth breather" especially in relation to people who think Texans might be a bit backward. When you consider that the campaign commercials going right now consist mainly of "Secure the borders. Fight Obama" (no I am not making this up) its easy to think there may be something in the water.
 
2014-02-26 10:14:36 AM

Geoff Peterson: MycroftHolmes: I guess I am struggling a bit with why people are assuming that this type of action, whether it is just over zealous cops or racial profiling, happens only in Texas.  This type of activity happens in every state of the union.  It is always funny to watch the insecure mouth breathers come over the top anytime anything, including nation wide problems, happens in Texas.  And yes, I know part of it is because Texans, like myself, tend to react when idiots make idiotic comments.

You really sound like a farking douche when you use terms like "mouth breather" especially in relation to people who think Texans might be a bit backward. When you consider that the campaign commercials going right now consist mainly of "Secure the borders. Fight Obama" (no I am not making this up) its easy to think there may be something in the water.


The right and left fight it out here just like anywhere else. Well, maybe in the utopia of Los Angeles where you live or California in general there isn't crazy political shenanigans.
 
2014-02-26 10:21:29 AM

Harry_Seldon: morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?

Because he was arrested.


That's just sophistry.
verdoux.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-26 10:24:14 AM

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?

Because someun

scrupulous landlords, employers and the like will use an arrest to turn you away even if there's no conviction.

FTFY
 
2014-02-26 10:26:22 AM

Geoff Peterson: MycroftHolmes: I guess I am struggling a bit with why people are assuming that this type of action, whether it is just over zealous cops or racial profiling, happens only in Texas.  This type of activity happens in every state of the union.  It is always funny to watch the insecure mouth breathers come over the top anytime anything, including nation wide problems, happens in Texas.  And yes, I know part of it is because Texans, like myself, tend to react when idiots make idiotic comments.

You really sound like a farking douche when you use terms like "mouth breather" especially in relation to people who think Texans might be a bit backward. When you consider that the campaign commercials going right now consist mainly of "Secure the borders. Fight Obama" (no I am not making this up) its easy to think there may be something in the water.


Interesting.

So, please read the comments above.  Most of the rabid responses are non-sensical, knee jerk reactions to removing Texas from the Union, and even a reference to our hostory of lynching blacks (hint, we do not have a pronounced history of lynching blacks).  So, yes, I refer to those individuals who trip over themselves to try and dogpile on Texas as mouth breathing idiots.  Your response has done nothing to dissuade that.

As far as the political commercial you are talking about (I have seen it), I am struggling to understand what is so outrageous about a desire to secure a border with a troiubled country where a large quantity of illegal drugs, illegal immigrants, and criminals flow across.  As far as opposing Obama, I am surprised to hear that Obama's social and economic policies were so universally revered that to disagree with them marked you as an idiot.

I guess our states have different philosophies.  Texas has no budget deficit and no income tax, California has a 15 billion dollar budget deficit even though it has an income tax.
 
2014-02-26 10:35:04 AM

Bender The Offender: nytmare: "Despite his insistence that he had had only one drink,"

Everybody has only ever had one drink.

Bullshiat. I will guarantee every cop and ems worker is calling bullshiat on you right now. The number is 2. Every drunk I have ever treated or transported had claimed to only have had 2 drinks.


Lol, ok two. The one time I was stopped, I said one, but that was for my passenger who was peeing in the bushes.
 
2014-02-26 10:41:07 AM

Sum Dum Gai: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?

An impaired coordination can certainly be arrestable if you're driving.  Many people with balance disorders cannot legally drive because their condition impairs their ability to drive safely.

He wasn't charged with DWI, he was arrested on suspicion of DWI.


I have flat feet and one heel that is held together by a bunch of hardware. There is no way I can stand on one foot. I don't think that should be grounds for arresting me on suspicion of DWI.
 
2014-02-26 10:51:21 AM

Pokey.Clyde: r1niceboy: Texas can feel free to succeed, but the places that they can take with them would result in there being a few islands of normalcy surrounded by the Confederated HOAs of Merica.

Erm, that word doesn't mean what you think it means.


autocorrect. Sorry.
 
2014-02-26 10:56:52 AM

r1niceboy: Pokey.Clyde: r1niceboy: Texas can feel free to succeed, but the places that they can take with them would result in there being a few islands of normalcy surrounded by the Confederated HOAs of Merica.

Erm, that word doesn't mean what you think it means.

autocorrect. Sorry.


Autocorrect made you accidentally spew idiocy?
 
2014-02-26 11:05:20 AM

MycroftHolmes: I guess our states have different philosophies. Texas has no budget deficit and no income tax, California has a 15 billion dollar budget deficit even though it has an income tax.


Texas has crumbling infrastructure, a crushing poverty problem, I mean they have to pass city ordinances to get their contractors to pay minimum wage, and are blind to their looming healthcare disaster because it's "someone elses problem", however Texas is not an altogether bad place to live, but to get defensive about it?.

/I'm not really from LA.
//I'm also not a robot skeleton.
///I'm on I-45 a few miles northeast of Galveston.

;)
 
2014-02-26 11:06:16 AM

Geoff Peterson: MycroftHolmes: I guess our states have different philosophies. Texas has no budget deficit and no income tax, California has a 15 billion dollar budget deficit even though it has an income tax.

Texas has crumbling infrastructure, a crushing poverty problem, I mean they have to pass city ordinances to get their contractors to pay minimum wage, and are blind to their looming healthcare disaster because it's "someone elses problem", however Texas is not an altogether bad place to live, but to get defensive about it?.

/I'm not really from LA.
//I'm also not a robot skeleton.
///I'm on I-45 a few miles northeastwest of Galveston.

;)


D'OH
 
2014-02-26 11:13:12 AM

MycroftHolmes: HindiDiscoMonster: HaywoodJablonski: The real news here is they found a black guy in Austin!

who wasn't already on a tree...

/yes, I am going to hell for even thinking that, but we are talking about Texas after all.

You really are stupid.


awwww.... sounds like somebody has a boo boo.....

Here you go... maybe this will help:

www.vitacost.com
 
2014-02-26 11:28:34 AM

bunner: Angela Lansbury's Merkin: That's a reference to the chief in Texas, who while defending officers for arresting a jogger for jaywalking implied she was lucky she wasn't sexually assaulted by police like in other places.

So start being grateful to cops who don't just rape and shoot you, you ingrates!  They can, you know!  Whiners, the lot of you.


There could be an upside to rape....
img.fark.net

Just say'n.
 
2014-02-26 11:34:42 AM

arturoh2o: MayoSlather: PolyHatSnake: OhioUGrad: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country
/and take Arizona and Kansas the rest of the South with you
We tried. Y'all seem to have gotten a little pissy about that.
Try again, this time without the human rights violations, and it might go smoother.
Awww how cute. You're still under the impression that war was about slavery.


Everyone with an education knows it was about States' Rights. Specifically, the right to allow slavery
 
2014-02-26 11:42:01 AM

Yellow Beard: If the officer claims you were impaired, you can pretty much bet he will "prove" it in court.


"When I approached the vehicle, I observed that the suspects speech was slurred, his eyes were glazed and red, and his his clothing was disheveled> There was a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, and he fumbled with his license and registration.  The suspect staggered when he exited the vehicle, placing his hand on the vehicle to maintain his balance., He couldn't stand on one leg without falling and failed the heel-to-toe walking test. When he also failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, I placed the suspect under arrest"

Boilerplate standard copypasta for police report involving DWI

Facts don't matter when you write the EXACT SAME THING IN EVERY SINGLE REPORT
 
2014-02-26 12:06:15 PM
He was DWB in Texas.

/Driving While Black
 
2014-02-26 12:16:37 PM

ToastTheRabbit: He was DWB in Texas.

/Driving While Black


Well don't do that.
 
2014-02-26 12:19:50 PM

Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

he doesn't get executed by lethal injection.
 
2014-02-26 12:22:15 PM
Before article: Black?
Reading article: Black.
After reading article. YUP. That's America for you.
 
2014-02-26 12:22:35 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Secede and stop f*cking up our country

/and take Arizona and Kansas with you


I have a better idea.  Liberal states get the fark out.
 
2014-02-26 12:41:18 PM
Driving while black. A crime in all 50 states.
 
2014-02-26 01:13:23 PM

Argyle82: I don't get why they haven't caught up the rest of civilization....


They're still butthurt over not being allowed to own other human beings.
 
2014-02-26 01:19:22 PM
In a row?
 
2014-02-26 01:38:59 PM

Jim_Callahan: doglover: Texas first. Then LAPD, then Chi town

Texas has its share of good ol' boys bullshiat, but it has  nothing on Chicago.  And actually the cities in TX are relatively clean, we've just got more rural areas and thus more of the small-town bullshiat that exists in small-town everywhere.  Chicago has had its police force  literally working for organized crime at one point.

All that said, the larger point being ignored here is that anyone that thinks any state but Louisiana comes out on top for anything corruption-related  really hasn't been paying attention.  Works commissioners having a literal fridge stuffed with cash for and from under-the-table dealings  barely even made the news in-state there.


That's the perception.  People rag on Chicago for being corrupt, but at least they prosecute once in a while.  I would argue that Chicago has nothing on Texas.  The good ol' boy network makes sure their own never face a judge.  That way they can calmly say it's not a problem, because they don't have big corruption trials like they do up in that yankee city.
 
2014-02-26 01:47:52 PM

Geoff Peterson: MayoSlather: Try again, this time without the human rights violations, and it might go smoother.

Doubtful. The Civil War was because those states tried to secede, not because they allowed slavery.


Why'd they want to secede, sport?

/whatever your answer, it will lead back to slavery
 
2014-02-26 02:03:43 PM
SlothB77 [TotalFark]

Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

Oh yeah, that *was* Austin.

It's only wrong when southern states do it. Liberal rapes are good rapes.
Two Police Officers Are Arraigned on Charges of Raping Drunken Woman Not to worry though, even though they admitted to sexual contact with the passed out woman, A good liberal NY Jury acquitted them.


Abner Louima (b. 1966 in Thomassin, Haiti) is a Haitian who was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a plunger by New York City police officers after being arrested Dozen more good liberal NY cops listened to him screaming and did nothing and no charges were brought against them. Several of the officers involved, including one who beat another black man earlier the same night were never brought up on charges.


Grosse Pointe Park officers ordered African Americans to sing or 'dance like a chimp.' Police Ahh the liberal city. The true land of tolerance


NYPD Racist Quotas Revealed in 'Stop and Frisk' Trial


"I FRIED another n***r," said New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Michael Daragjati in a phone call to a friend. "Another n***r fried, no big deal." * The city has twice before covered up for this bigot in lawsuits.


Violence and Racism Are Routine In Los Angeles Police, Study Says Lead on liberal CA, show us the way.
 
2014-02-26 02:18:16 PM

HindiDiscoMonster: Daedalus27: If he was displaying signs and symptoms of intoxication, that can be DWI even if there is no alcohol present. Swaying on one leg and needing arms to balance could be intoxication or just poor balance on a potentially uneven surface. A breath test doesn't reveal  any other drugs you may be on at the time and a blood test has to go to the lab and be analyzed so that can take weeks.  You can get a DWI for prescription medicine you are taking, legal substances that impair driving, any substance even if there isn't a positive breath test.

Assuming the suspect/victim of the arrest is stating the truth that the balance issues and traffic violation were the only recognizable symptom, that is a little iffy. However we don't have the police report to verify his story so there may be a little skepticism.  It may be tough to expunge the arrest depending on the requirements of Texas as a judge could find there was probable cause for the arrest even if ultimately there is not enough evidence to proceed.  Not every arrest leads to a charge but not every arrest that isn't charged had no basis for that officers actions.  This case seems a little light, but we don't have the whole story, just the victim/suspects version.

FTA: "KVUE notes that as they started to investigate the manner, Travis County prosecutors dismissed the case completely"

I'm sorry... you were saying?


Doesn't change a thing with what I said.  Prosecutors have a lot of time to determine whether to proceed on a given case.  The media attention just expedited the review, but a case with so few signs and symptoms plus a clean breath test and blood test is going nowhere. That doesn't mean they dismiss the case immediately, they will let it sit there awhile just in case because many DA offices have rather large backlogs on DWI/DUI cases. This is especially true in urban counties with a major university in the area which tends to attract the behavior.
 
2014-02-26 03:04:48 PM
So he didn't even have an excuse for his bad driving. They should have pulled him out and executed him on the spot.
 
2014-02-26 05:10:51 PM
Subby is the lawyer, the article doesn't talk about a lot of the issues here, they blame it on marijuana even though that wouldn't explain his alleged performance on the horizontal gaze nystagmus test; it's all fear mongering so they can protect us from ourselves.
 
2014-02-26 05:23:02 PM

OnlyM3: SlothB77 [TotalFark]

Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

Oh yeah, that *was* Austin.
It's only wrong when southern states do it. Liberal rapes are good rapes.
Two Police Officers Are Arraigned on Charges of Raping Drunken Woman Not to worry though, even though they admitted to sexual contact with the passed out woman, A good liberal NY Jury acquitted them.


Abner Louima (b. 1966 in Thomassin, Haiti) is a Haitian who was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a plunger by New York City police officers after being arrested Dozen more good liberal NY cops listened to him screaming and did nothing and no charges were brought against them. Several of the officers involved, including one who beat another black man earlier the same night were never brought up on charges.


Grosse Pointe Park officers ordered African Americans to sing or 'dance like a chimp.' Police Ahh the liberal city. The true land of tolerance


NYPD Racist Quotas Revealed in 'Stop and Frisk' Trial


"I FRIED another n***r," said New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Michael Daragjati in a phone call to a friend. "Another n***r fried, no big deal." * The city has twice before covered up for this bigot in lawsuits.


Violence and Racism Are Routine In Los Angeles Police, Study Says Lead on liberal CA, show us the way.


Show anywhere that anyone "liberal" has ever said any of those were OK. Asshat.
 
2014-02-26 06:58:28 PM
I was stationed at Ft. Hood 2002-2005, and am 98% sure defensive driving told us you could be convicted of DWI even if you blew 0.00. Instructor also told us he liked to get his GSX-R 750 up to 125 on the farm roads, and that it was perfectly safe.

Fark:Had to take the class after OIF 1 because my battery lead all Army company sized units in DWI's for a few months

Ultrafark:With about 1/3 of the Soldiers
 
2014-02-26 08:02:55 PM
Texas. Black. Done.

Why do black people still live in the south? I don't get it
 
2014-02-26 08:08:15 PM

RoxtarRyan: ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he "swayed," and "needed his arms for balance."

So, having a balance impairment is an arrestable offense?

And they held him for 2 days, just to make sure he recovered from what ailed him. After all, I'm sure they had a doctor/medic come in and ensure that he was ok, right?


That happens if you get popped on a Friday night.  Judges don't have Saturday and Sunday hours for dealing with drunks.  Around here the lakes are in dry counties, if you get tagged for boating while intoxicated (having a beer can on the boat is good enough) you're boat's getting impounded and you spend the rest of the weekend in jail.  Probably explains why the boaters booze it up on Sundays.
 
2014-02-26 09:04:31 PM

serial_crusher: We've done too much to demonize alcohol specifically when driving


Indeed. We should be encouraging people to throw back a few dozen drinks before they drive!

Farkers frequently mention that in Europe, for instance, there is a more laid back attitude towards drinking. It may be legal or common to consume alcohol in public, and there is no outcry over minors drinking moderate amounts of alcohol. However, the attitude towards drink driving is much stricter--frequently zero tolerance. Your statement makes no sense, as you seem to be encouraging loosening of restrictions or awareness of the danger of drink driving. Of course it is also dangerous to drive while sleeping, eating, or texting. Those dangers should also be publicized. It does not mean that attitudes towards drink driving should be relaxed.
 
2014-02-27 01:53:05 AM

morg: If the case was dismissed why does he have to clean up the arrest?


He wants the record expunged. Wouldn't you?
 
2014-02-27 08:27:40 AM

chuggernaught: Geoff Peterson: MayoSlather: Try again, this time without the human rights violations, and it might go smoother.

Doubtful. The Civil War was because those states tried to secede, not because they allowed slavery.

Why'd they want to secede, sport?

/whatever your answer, it will lead back to slavery


Not really, "Sport" slavery was an issue, but mostly it was about federal incursion on states rights. Something very much like whats going on right this moment.
 
2014-02-27 08:32:41 AM

OnlyM3: SlothB77 [TotalFark]

Typhoid: What's he complaining about, he's lucky he wasn't sexually assaulted by the cops.

Oh yeah, that *was* Austin.
It's only wrong when southern states do it. Liberal rapes are good rapes.
Two Police Officers Are Arraigned on Charges of Raping Drunken Woman Not to worry though, even though they admitted to sexual contact with the passed out woman, A good liberal NY Jury acquitted them.


Abner Louima (b. 1966 in Thomassin, Haiti) is a Haitian who was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with the handle of a plunger by New York City police officers after being arrested Dozen more good liberal NY cops listened to him screaming and did nothing and no charges were brought against them. Several of the officers involved, including one who beat another black man earlier the same night were never brought up on charges.


Grosse Pointe Park officers ordered African Americans to sing or 'dance like a chimp.' Police Ahh the liberal city. The true land of tolerance


NYPD Racist Quotas Revealed in 'Stop and Frisk' Trial


"I FRIED another n***r," said New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Michael Daragjati in a phone call to a friend. "Another n***r fried, no big deal." * The city has twice before covered up for this bigot in lawsuits.


Violence and Racism Are Routine In Los Angeles Police, Study Says Lead on liberal CA, show us the way.


People who see EVERYTHING in terms of "lib and conservative," or "right and left" even when there isnt a political connotation involved are dangerous people.
 
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