Three federal judges sided with a mechanic suing Huntsville officers for false arrest, writing in an opinion this week that Alabamians do not have to show identification when asked by the police. Roland Edger sued the city and two Huntsville officers, alleging they wrongly arrested him outside a church four years ago as he attempted to repair a customer's car. Body camera video shows the officers arresting Edger as he, at first, declined to show them his driver's license. "So to summarize, it has been clearly established for decades prior to Mr. Edger's arrest that the police are free to ask questions, and the public is free to ignore them," a three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a unanimous opinion issued this week. Judge Charles R. Wilson, writing for the panel, said that Edger had not committed any crime, therefore police had no basis for arresting him.
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DOJ press release: A former officer with the North County Police Cooperative was accused in an indictment Wednesday of sexually assaulting men that he'd detained or arrested. Marcellis Blackwell, 34, of St. Louis, was indicted on 21 felony counts: 16 counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, namely the right to bodily integrity, and five counts of altering records in a federal investigation ... A motion seeking to have Blackwell, formerly known as Willis Green Overstreet III, held in jail until trial said Blackwell "victimized people he thought would be less likely to report his behavior." Following media coverage of one victim's report, seven more victims came forward, the motion says. The motion also says Blackwell's phone contains videos of as-yet unidentified victims. read more
An Oklahoma judge was arrested in Austin last week after authorities say he opened fire on parked vehicles while out driving, striking at least one of them, and intentionally crashed into a woman's vehicle, telling officers later that she had cut him off. read more
A Pennsylvania state trooper was caught on camera appearing to physically assault his ex-girlfriend after he allegedly abused his power to have her involuntarily committed to a hospital. read more