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Police Chief Thomas Jackson speaks during a news conference at the police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri August 13, 2014. The police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager last weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, an incident th
Ferguson, Missouri police once wrongly arrested a man, beat him, then charged him with destruction of property. What property? His blood got on the uniforms of the four officers involved in his beating:
“On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of ‘property damage’ to wit did transfer blood to the uniform,” reads the charge sheet.
To make matters worse, they had the wrong man.
The booking officer had no other reason to hold Davis, who ended up in Ferguson only because he missed the exit for St. Charles and then pulled off the highway because the rain was so heavy he could not see to drive. The cop who had pulled up behind him must have run his license plate and assumed he was that other Henry Davis. Davis said the cop approached his vehicle, grabbed his cellphone from his hand, cuffed him and placed him in the back seat of the patrol car, without a word of explanation.
The police later said, in a civil court deposition, that there was no blood. And the camera recording the cell malfunctioned.
The contradictions between the complaint and the depositions apparently are what prompted the prosecutor to drop the “property damage” allegation. The prosecutor also dropped a felony charge of assault on an officer that had been lodged more than a year after the incident and shortly after Davis filed his civil suit.
Read the full account at The Daily Beast. The lawsuit filings can be viewed here.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 09:24 AM PDT.

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