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Thursday
Sep132012

Elderly Woman Dragged From Car by Texas Cop

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(KEENE, Texas) -- A Texas police department is defending an officer who is seen on a dashcam video pulling a 77-year-old woman out of her car during a traffic stop.

Sgt. Gene Geheb, an officer from the Keene Police Department, pulled Lynn Bedford over on Aug. 19 for driving 66 mph in a 50-mph zone. But their stop grew heated when Bedford refused to hand over her driver's license and insurance card, according to police reports and video from the officer's dashcam. The officer was also wearing a microphone and camera.

"The incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the city of Keene administration," a statement from the Keene Police Department said. "All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards [sic] to violators not providing information."

"Let's hurry up, I've got to go to the bathroom," Bedford can be heard telling Geheb when he approached her SUV. "I have a bladder infection."

Geheb asked repeatedly for her driver's license and insurance.

"I'll give it to you in a minute," Bedford said.

"No you give it to me now or I'm going to take you to jail," the officer said, to which Bedford responded, "Well go ahead."

Geheb then opened the door to Bedford's SUV and began pulling on her arm.

"You want to play this way, come on," he said.

He then asked repeatedly for her to get out of the vehicle, but Bedford refused.

"You are hurting me," she said. "I'm going to report you hurting me. For hurting me and twisting my arm."

Geheb pulled her arm again and Bedford fell to the ground. The officer then arrested her.

Chief Rocky Alberti of the Keene Police Department arrived at the scene and after speaking to Geheb and Bedford, released the woman, ABC affiliate WFAA reported. Bedford received a citation for speeding and another for failing to provide identification.

Bedford's attorney, Clay Graham, believes Geheb went too far in pulling her from her SUV and could have handled the situation differently.

"She is very disappointed to learn that instead of being protected and served, she was basically antagonized and assaulted," Graham told WFAA.

"Get back in his squad car, follow her home; follow her to the nearest comfort room, use the restroom and then issue a citation, or whatever he had discretion to do," Graham added.

Graham told WFAA Bedford was bruised during the altercation and he plans to take the case to the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

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Thursday
Mar292012

Former Trooper of the Year Admits to Violating DUI Procedure

Thinkstock/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Lisa Steed was named Utah Highway Patrol's "Trooper of the Year" in 2007 for making more than 200 DUI arrests, but now all of her cases could be in question because she admitted she did not follow proper protocol while administering a DUI check.

It is the second time Steed's DUI arrests have gained notoriety. A 2009 dashcam video shows her Tasering a motorist who was later determined to be sober.

"The cumulative facts may well have a significant ripple effect across every case she's touched," Salt Lake City attorney Joseph Jardine told ABC News. "This could become the basis for overturning multiple convictions in the past."

Jardine is representing Theron Alexander, who claims Steed violated procedure when she administered a breathalyzer test before a field sobriety test in March 2010.

"The credibility of an investigating officer is paramount. If you can't trust the cop at their word, there's very little left that you can trust with an investigation," Jardine said.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, Steed admitted that she had removed her microphone during the incident in order to perform an unauthorized action.

"She specifically stated [Tuesday] that she took the microphone off so her superior wouldn't know what she was doing," Jardine said. "We're concerned that she may have a tendency to stretch the truth when it suits her purposes. Our objective is to probe her credibility."

Steed's attorney Greg Skordas does not believe that the incident is any reflection of his client's credibility.

"It doesn't affect her credibility. It affects the way she does things, her ability to follow instructions," Skordas told ABC News. "It doesn't mean she's dishonest."

Skordas said that Steed was simply trying to give the person she had pulled over "the benefit of the doubt" by skipping straight to the breathalyzer test and not having them get out of the car.

"It wasn't anyone she knew. I think she was just being overly sensitive," Skordas said. "There wasn't any bad intent. It was one of those, no good deed goes unpunished."

In 2009, a police car dashcam recording caught her Tasering a man during a DUI stop after he refuses to get out of his car, saying he'd like to call a lawyer.

The man, Ryan Jones, can be heard calmly saying, "Ma'am, please don't shoot me with a Taser," before Steed zaps him and he begins to scream. When Jones was eventually tested, his blood alcohol level was a 0.03, well below the legal limit.

The case was settled in November 2011 when the state paid Jones $40,000 without admitting wrongdoing.

When asked about the Taser case, Skordas said, "She took her lumps, she was reprimanded and we move on."

"Unfortunately, you have 300 cases and two go south and then all of a sudden you have a history," he said. "She wasn't named Trooper of the Year because she has a history. She works very, very hard and had a couple of unfortunate incidents, which she also stepped up to the plate for."

Steed has not been charged with a crime at this point, but Jardine believes she has a "huge insubordination problem" that needs to be dealt with.

"It's hard to say why she would do it specifically," Jardine said. "Is it pressure from her past achievements? Is it her desire to outdo the other officers in the state? Is it for advancement? Is it for all of the above? Who knows?"

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Friday
Oct282011

Ten Schools Locked Down During Dragnet for Attempted Cop Shooter

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- Ten schools are locked down, major roadways are closed, and residents have been told to stay indoors as South Carolina police search for a gunman who shot at cops Friday morning.

The man allegedly opened fire around 10 a.m. Friday morning as Greenville County police tried to pull him over for improperly displaying a license plate on his silver Yukon SUV. He began shooting at the officers as he pulled over, and then ran into a nearby apartment complex.

Police are now searching the area to try and locate the gunman.

No one was injured in the gunfire, police said.

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