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(KHOU Houston)   Just because you're a constable doesn't mean you can go on the field of a high school football game and start questioning the refs about their calls. Even in Texas   ( khou.com) divider line
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2014-09-03 08:40:28 AM  
Authority abusin' constables in Texas?  Say it isn't so.  Why, he's the entire reason that school is kept safe during the football game.
 
2014-09-03 09:01:58 AM  
I think you mean "especially in Texas". If there's one thing we take more seriously than jack-booted authorities abusing their powers, it's high school football.
 
2014-09-03 09:08:52 AM  
img3.wikia.nocookie.net

What an angry referee Constable may look like
 
2014-09-03 09:56:51 AM  

UberDave: Authority abusin' constables in Texas? Say it isn't so


This son of a biatch was the worst.
 
2014-09-03 10:28:45 AM  
Thank goodness none of the mascots were dogs.
 
2014-09-03 10:29:26 AM  
High school football, and an armed idiot in a cowboy hat. This is the most texas thing that ever happened.

Also, fark texas
 
2014-09-03 10:29:37 AM  
not to go all ITG, but i've been a football/basketball ref for many years at the college/high school level.  I would have tossed the "constables" out of the arena.
 
2014-09-03 10:33:06 AM  
Bad show!

madisonconstable.com
 
2014-09-03 10:33:11 AM  
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2014-09-03 10:33:44 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: UberDave: Authority abusin' constables in Texas? Say it isn't so

This son of a biatch was the worst.


"Officers armed with shotguns were stationed inside convenience stores."

Holy farksticks.  All the guy was missing was a tiny mustache and a brown shirt.
 
2014-09-03 10:34:54 AM  
Was the constable in his own county? Couldn't he just have arrested the player doing strangling for assault?

If it was his county, he had the authority to charge that player with a crime, he does not have the authority to decide what call should have been made.
 
2014-09-03 10:35:39 AM  
The constable wasn't necessarily wrong... FTA: "The kid was on the ground and it looked like he was just strangling him," said Joyce Jackson, as she described what happened during last Friday night's game that pitted the Tarkington Longhorns against the Splendora Wildcats.

That's not a football play, that's assault... at which point, it's a criminal matter, and yeah, law enforcement can intervene.

/mind you, he should've just arrested the kid. Not insisted that the refs toss him.
 
2014-09-03 10:40:31 AM  
They have constables in Texas?  "Wot's all this then, pardner?"
 
2014-09-03 10:44:07 AM  
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2014-09-03 10:50:09 AM  
Jerry Jones might use this tactic to help the Cowboys win their home games by having constables arrest the opposing players.
 
2014-09-03 10:52:03 AM  
I don't know...

Sounds like he let the "con" part get the better of the "stable" part.
 
2014-09-03 10:53:35 AM  
www.imfdb.org
"No no, you're right, it was a bad call"
 
2014-09-03 10:54:29 AM  
But High School Football! What happens here tonight will affect the rest of your life!
 
2014-09-03 10:56:35 AM  

Theaetetus: The constable wasn't necessarily wrong... FTA: "The kid was on the ground and it looked like he was just strangling him," said Joyce Jackson, as she described what happened during last Friday night's game that pitted the Tarkington Longhorns against the Splendora Wildcats.

That's not a football play, that's assault... at which point, it's a criminal matter, and yeah, law enforcement can intervene.

/mind you, he should've just arrested the kid. Not insisted that the refs toss him.


And the correct response would have been to begin an investigation.  Arguing the call had nothing to do with police response.

My town used to have constables, they would get bored and invent stuff to do.  One would stop young kids for riding their bikes on the wrong side of the road.  One broke up a boy scout meeting, boys out after dark can only be trouble.  One like to stand in uniform and armed in the middle of the dance floor at high school dances, just in case.  We now have a resident state trooper who is trained.
 
2014-09-03 10:57:57 AM  
If there's one thing you ever need to know about Texas it's this:   Small towns take their football WAY too seriously.  Do not Fark around with small town Texas football.
 
2014-09-03 11:00:54 AM  
This morning the pep squad has a new cheer to practice. Refs have decided black and white is a little too edgy, switching to all white uniforms, and the critics all carry guns.

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2014-09-03 11:06:01 AM  
They wanted to let him off with parole but the constable wanted the death penalty.  That is so Texas.
 
2014-09-03 11:06:18 AM  

Priapetic: "Officers armed with shotguns were stationed inside convenience stores."


That was actually one of his better programs. There was a big spike in C store robberies that went to zero after that (highly publicized) program went into effect. Saw the same thing in Lubbock Texas a few years later.

The problems we had went way beyond the scope of what a Constable's office is (or should be) empowered to do. It started with "helping" with neighborhood watches. A neighborhood assn (not HOAs) would pay for routine patrols ostensibly to keep burglary and like crimes down. Next thing you know they're running traffic stops, and the like. It all came to a head when a Pct 5 deputy attempted a stop somewhere around the Katy Freeway and Kirkwood (if you wish to look it up on Goolge Maps) and chased the "bad guy" to...IIRC I-45 and Aldine Bender. The deputy did not call for assistance from HPD or Harris County...just chases him. Dude pulls up in his driveway, deputy gets out and pumps a few rounds into the unarmed individual.

The Houston papers had a field day with this. Turns out that the deputy constables were required to have the bare minimum of law enforcement training. No traffic enforcement no investigative requirements...nada. Maxxon was running his own little army out of shopping center store front stations with no authority to do so. He was voted out of office not long after. Before midnight when he handed over the reigns to the new guy, they played "The Party's Over" over the Constable's radio channel.

A real piece of work, that guy.
 
2014-09-03 11:06:27 AM  
img.fark.net
He wears a cowboy hat but isn't a cowboy

/good long distance crazy indicator
 
2014-09-03 11:07:54 AM  
Who the hell do they think they are, the Stanford Band?
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2014-09-03 11:12:30 AM  
Must be a Longhorn fan. If he was an Aggie he'd have run onto the field with a saber.
 
2014-09-03 11:14:45 AM  
Why would anyone ever question the officials' calls?  This constable should have been immediately escorted from the stadium and banned for life.  One cannot threaten an official with a firearm!
 
2014-09-03 11:15:47 AM  
Stupid Brits
 
2014-09-03 11:22:55 AM  

stir22: not to go all ITG, but i've been a football/basketball ref for many years at the college/high school level.  I would have tossed the "constables" out of the arena.


Good on you sir.  Officials must remain in control of a match and its surroundings even when confronted by drunken mouthbreathing wanna be cowboys with sidearms.
 
2014-09-03 11:24:32 AM  

Rigby-Reardon: Was the constable in his own county? Couldn't he just have arrested the player doing strangling for assault?

If it was his county, he had the authority to charge that player with a crime, he does not have the authority to decide what call should have been made.


My guess is, that as a good-ol-boy he didn't want to see a young man ruin his future professional career by arresting him over something as minor as an assault, but felt the incident deserved something more than a 15-yard penalty.
 
2014-09-03 11:28:49 AM  

Theaetetus: The constable wasn't necessarily wrong... FTA: "The kid was on the ground and it looked like he was just strangling him," said Joyce Jackson, as she described what happened during last Friday night's game that pitted the Tarkington Longhorns against the Splendora Wildcats.

That's not a football play, that's assault... at which point, it's a criminal matter, and yeah, law enforcement can intervene.

/mind you, he should've just arrested the kid. Not insisted that the refs toss him.


That's the thing, though. He was arguing about the penalty, with a gun.
 
2014-09-03 11:29:45 AM  

rebelyell2006: My guess is, that as a good-ol-boy he didn't want to see a young man ruin his future professional career by arresting him over something as minor as an assault,


Maybe he could play for Baltimore?
 
2014-09-03 11:34:20 AM  

Boo_Guy: [img.fark.net image 640x360]
He wears a cowboy hat but isn't a cowboy

/good long distance crazy indicator


Looks like Hank Hill butt.
 
2014-09-03 11:36:25 AM  
Last fall we had the side judge and referee arrested during the third quarter of of a big rivalry 5A game by the local police.  Here's what happened:  One of the cops working security along the sidelines had a son playing.   He invited a few friends down to get a closer look and they got to close.  The side judge asked the cop to move them back.  He took exception.  The ref came over to see what was up.  The cop didn't like their tone and arrested the both of them and took them to jail on the spot, not after the game.  They bailed out the next morning.  Charges were filed- resisting if I remember- but subsequently dropped a few days later after an investigation.  The Refs association threatened to not work any games in the Parish (county, this was in Louisiana (next in line for a tag- FY Texas, wait your turn)) if they weren't.  I believe the cop lost his job over this- a new no BS Chief had just come into office.  I'll see if I can't get a link.
 
2014-09-03 11:38:15 AM  
If a constable thinks there might be assault then fine, run in the field to see what's going on. Then either don't make an arrest and leave or arrest the player. The game itself, and the call, have NOTHING to do with law enforcement.
 
2014-09-03 11:41:50 AM  

scottydoesntknow: I think you mean "especially in Texas". If there's one thing we take more seriously than jack-booted authorities abusing their powers, it's high school football.


In Texas High School football is a religion!
 
2014-09-03 11:42:41 AM  
This has some info, but leaves out other details which weren't available when this was written.

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/northshore/Police-Two-referees-arres te d-at-Mandeville-St-Pauls-game-227471361.html
 
2014-09-03 11:52:30 AM  
I have seen it before.  Texans take their football dead serious, and quite often some potbellied buck redneck with a pistol on his hip will throw his weight around.
 
2014-09-03 12:04:20 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 500x376]

What an angry referee Constable may look like


+Eleventy Prophets for that DS9 ref.
 
2014-09-03 12:20:47 PM  
If he thought it was serous enough to interfere with the game, why didn't he arrest the kid for assault?
 
2014-09-03 12:31:53 PM  

strangeluck: FirstNationalBastard: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 500x376]

What an angry referee Constable may look like

+Eleventy Prophets for that DS9 ref.


True dat...but I wouldn't want to get on Capt. Ciscos' bad side, either!
 
2014-09-03 12:34:55 PM  
Armed dude walks onto the field and starts harassing the refs?  Game over.  Home team forfeits.  Criminal charges.

If that's not what you do, then you're doing it wrong.  Protect the kids first, protect the refs second, protect the game.

You just can't have this shiat.
 
2014-09-03 12:38:39 PM  

Boo_Guy: [img.fark.net image 640x360]
He wears a cowboy hat but isn't a cowboy

/good long distance crazy indicator


Do you know why cowboys like that style of hat?  It's because cows like it and are attracted to it.  So him not herding cows, yet wearing a hat that has special cow powers, makes no sense.  In fact it's crazy.  Those hats let you psychically link up with cows and talk their language.  If he is not a cow person, or need cow powers, he should not be wearing a hat whose purpose is so tied to livestock.  Good call.
 
2014-09-03 12:52:11 PM  
As one who grew up in Texas, I find it discriminatory that I see so many "Florida" tags and no Texas tag. Is it just that posters know that Texans will come after them for making fun of the lone star state?
Texas is certainly deserving. I would have posted this:
http://www.ky3.com/news/local/officer-leaves-gun-inside-bathroom-at- ch eddars-restaurant-in-springfield/21048998_27826764
But I couldnt improve on the headline.
 
2014-09-03 01:36:37 PM  
"When the referee began arguing with the spectators, Covington Police stepped in. According to witnesses, police officers told game officials they would control the crowd, and game officials should return to the game. A second game official then entered the now escalating argument with Covington Police.

According to Covington Police, the lead official then tried to throw an officer out of the game. Shortly afterwards, the two officials were taken away in a Covington Police squad car and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail."

So the game official didn't respect this cops authority so he had him booked?!  WTF that's abuse of power if I've ever seen it.
 
2014-09-03 01:40:01 PM  
Who does this guy think he is, telling the refs how to act. Hank Hill? More of a Dallas thing, Hank wouldn't be caught anywhere near that part of the state.
Texas, where real football fans, Ladies with beehive hairdos, held up by at least half a can of Aqua-net, lugging coolers in their suburbans. Out here in NM, they don't have that, just a lot of older mothers in the bleachers with blankets.
/Haven't been to a high school game in Texas in over 10 years.
//Games don't start until the gun shops close.
 
2014-09-03 01:44:08 PM  

olddinosaur: ...quite often some potbellied buck redneck with a pistol on his hip will throw his weight around.


I think we need a incident rate to justify the claim that "quite often" armed people intervene in football games in Texas.
 
2014-09-03 03:07:45 PM  
who are the idiots designing local news websites these days?  Kudos to them for not having the video autoplay, but clicking on the big blank area on the side of the page doesn't indicate that I want to go to their homepage.
 
2014-09-03 03:10:57 PM  
just so I'm clear on the pecking order, high school football players are above the law, but high school football referees are below it?  Got it.
 
2014-09-03 03:48:17 PM  

Theaetetus: The constable wasn't necessarily wrong... FTA: "The kid was on the ground and it looked like he was just strangling him," said Joyce Jackson, as she described what happened during last Friday night's game that pitted the Tarkington Longhorns against the Splendora Wildcats.

That's not a football play, that's assault... at which point, it's a criminal matter, and yeah, law enforcement can intervene.

/mind you, he should've just arrested the kid. Not insisted that the refs toss him.


it's not assault nor is it a criminal matter.  only idiots and trolls would say otherwise...
 
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