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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Brandon Backe to seek another trial

A federal jury deadlocked Monday on a brutality claim by former Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Backe, who had sought millions in damages after accusing police of causing career-ending injuries when they broke up a 2008 wedding party.

The jury did rule that four Galveston, Texas, police officers used excessive force to break up the party. Nine officers were suspended without pay and four received written reprimands after the Oct. 5, 2008, incident at a bar at the San Luis Resort and Conference Center.

The jury awarded nearly $50,000 in damages in the lawsuit against the four officers. Backe, who helped the Astros to the 2005 National League pennant, said the plaintiffs were beaten by officers responding to reports of rowdy partygoers at an outdoor bar.

Underage drinking? That’s a beating. Showing concern for others? That’s a beating.

jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 13, 2014 at 09:24 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, police blotter

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   1. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 13, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4705930)
Darn it. I thought the link submitter automagically block quoted the text from the article. It seems I am wrong.
   2. spike Posted: May 13, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4705952)
The penalty for being part of a 30 officer posse excessively beating down civilians is a "written reprimand"?

//Also, "An investigation overseen by one of the officers being sued found that officers used proper procedure but were lax in reporting use of force"? Wow.

   3. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 13, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4706004)
The penalty for being part of a 30 officer posse excessively beating down civilians is a "written reprimand"?


Some of the officers were suspended...for 2 to 7 seven days...
   4. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: May 14, 2014 at 02:36 AM (#4706365)
Some of the officers were suspended...for 2 to 7 seven days...


Yep. Seems about right..

Friggin' A-holes.....

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