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#1 Hum

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 15:24

HOUSTON -- A man said he was wrongly targeted by Houston police, handcuffed and detained for more than an hour, after he gave a homeless man 75 cents.

Greg Snider said he was driving in downtown Houston around 2 p.m., when he pulled into a parking lot at Commerce and La Branch to take a business call.

"That's when the homeless man came up to me. He said, 'Hey my name is Dave. I'm from Dallas. I'm down on my luck. Do you have any change,'" said Snider.

Snider said he gave the man some change and drove off.

"I had no idea at all what was about to happen," said Snider.

After Snider pulled onto I-10, he said a police car with flashing lights and sirens pulled behind him.

"I put my hazards on to let him know, 'Hey, I see you,'" said Snider. "This is a really bad part of I-10 to be pulled over on, so I was trying to find a safe place to pull over."

Snider said he was shocked by what the police officer did next.

"He's screaming. He's yelling. He's telling me to get out of the car. He's telling me to put my hands on the hood," said Snider.

Snider said the officer pulled him out of the car, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a police car, as ten more police cars were also pulling up.

"They're like, 'We saw you downtown. We saw what you did,'" said Snider. "I was like, 'Are you kidding me? I gave a homeless man 75 cents.'"

Snider said the officer accused him of giving the man drugs. The officer asked to search Snider's car and Snider said he agreed.

The officer brought in drug sniffing dogs. Snider said he sat handcuffed for an hour until an officer told him their search turned up no drugs.

"He said everything was a misunderstanding and that I was free to go," said Snider.

Snider said the officers were laughing. Snider said he found nothing funny about the officers' actions or the damage they caused to his car during the search. Snider filed a complaint with the police Internal Affairs Department.

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 15:31

The Police I saw in Austin on holiday did all sorts of stuff like this, they all seemed very bored. Randomly and repeatedly driving down the road, flooring their engines for 20 meters suddenly with the sirens and lights on, then slowing down and turning them off, repeating 100 meters down the road.

 

Saw dozens of people a night being pulled to one side by Police, handcuffed and patted down for drugs, the bars I was in kept getting shut down for the night because A policeman had "reports of a minor being served". That would be it, the bar closed and everyone thrown out, outside would be 20+ cops picking people at random to cuff and pat down. 



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 15:50

Typical power trip officer by the sounds of it, following a "crime" thats irrelevant when there are actual ones going on elsewhere.

 

God i bet they lead boring unimaginative lives.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:06

The Police I saw in Austin on holiday did all sorts of stuff like this, they all seemed very bored. Randomly and repeatedly driving down the road, flooring their engines for 20 meters suddenly with the sirens and lights on, then slowing down and turning them off, repeating 100 meters down the road.

 

Saw dozens of people a night being pulled to one side by Police, handcuffed and patted down for drugs, the bars I was in kept getting shut down for the night because A policeman had "reports of a minor being served". That would be it, the bar closed and everyone thrown out, outside would be 20+ cops picking people at random to cuff and pat down. 

Welcome to texas, and people wonder why I left...



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:22

mistakes happen... police have to follow up, the situation escalated do to circumstances.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:35

He wasn't "arrested", just detained under suspicion of a crime.  This happens in every city, every day.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:36

mistakes happen... police have to follow up, the situation escalated do to circumstances.

 

Sadly more often than not with some police who seem to think everybody is a murderer and treat everybody the same.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:39

He wasn't "arrested", just detained under suspicion of a crime.  This happens in every city, every day.

 

Doesn't make it right. You can treat people with respect and still get the job done. And if I were their boss I'd wonder why it took 10 cops an hour to search a car.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:45

Sadly more often than not with some police who seem to think everybody is a murderer and treat everybody the same.

 

I would too. It's proactive prevention.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 16:50

What happen to "Innocent" until proven "Guilty"?



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 17:46

Sad how obsessed people are with drugs.



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 17:56

What happen to "Innocent" until proven "Guilty"?

Was he charged?



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 18:05

What happen to "Innocent" until proven "Guilty"?

so, if "innocent" until proven guilty, how does one investigate to see if someone is guilty?



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 21:31

so, if "innocent" until proven guilty, how does one investigate to see if someone is guilty

 

So it's OK to assume you're giving drugs to a homeless guy instead of money?  I don't recall a homeless guy EVER asking me for drugs.  He should have been stopped before leaving the parking lot if that's the case.  Not to mention, if they couldn't stop him that quickly, how far away were they and couldn't reliably say it was drugs on money?  With your thinking everyone should be considered guilty even when they haven't done anything wrong?



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Posted 18 January 2014 - 21:35

so, if "innocent" until proven guilty, how does one investigate to see if someone is guilty?

 

There's a difference between investigating something you know you saw, and investigating something that might have happened.

 

 

I would too. It's proactive prevention.

 

No, it's not.  If it was prevented it wouldn't have happened in the first place.