Tammy Lynn Powers was arrested Saturday in Fort Myers, FL after allegedly having public sex in a residential neighborhood. Deputies responded to, and I’m not making this up, the intersection of Kentucky Road and New Jersey Boulevard regarding reports of a naked man walking around. When they arrived, they saw the man and Ms. Powers engaged in sex against the side of the man’s pickup truck… because there had to be a pickup truck involved in this story. And beer… they were visibly intoxicated.
The responding deputy questioned the man, who cooperated and was released. Powers, however, tried walking away, ignored the deputies orders, refused to provide her ID and cursed at the deputy. She was ultimately arrested for indecent exposure and resisting arrest.
Her reluctance to cooperate was due to an outstanding warrant for a violation of her Collier County probation.
Posted in Criminal Law, DUI, Florida, Fort Myers / Lee County / Southwest Florida #SWFL
Tagged fort myers, indecent exposure, kentucky, lcso, new jersey, resist arrest, sexcrime, sexonthebeach, tammy powers
Why call a cab, when the cops don’t charge?
No, he didn’t want a ride to jail. Apparently John King wanted a ride to get $20 that someone owed him. According to the News-Press, when the Lee County Sheriff’s Office wouldn’t oblige with a ride, he called 911 several more times, trying to get EMS to give him a ride. I guess he doesn’t realize how much an ambulance ride costs nowadays (or perhaps he has really good insurance).
Judging by his mug shot, I’m guessing his insurance isn’t the most up-to-date. Legally, the obstructing an officer charge is a little weak (it’s more like wasting a cop’s time, which I’m not sure is criminal), but the misuse of 911 system looks pretty solid… “But, the $20 was an emergency! He needed beer money!” I can work with that…
The NY Times has this article, complete with video of part of the incident of Luis Solivan being taken into custody. The officers alleged that he attacked them and tried to take one of their firearms. The video shows Mr. Solivan being repeatedly punched while being held on the ground. After considering the case, including the video, the grand jury declined to indict him on the charges, and he has since filed suit against the police department.
I have often told defendants they were lucky that the police didn’t hurt them more, not for the sake of the injuries, but because they are more likely to be charged with felonious resisting (or worse) if the officer feels the need to justify injuries a defendant sustains in custody. It’s scary that officers, apparently such as these cops, will
exaggerate their story lie to justify their brutality. I believe, and want to stress, that it is a small percentage of cops that are willing to do that, but across the state and country, that small percentage adds up. I was surprised how often I’m told these stories since leaving the prosecutor’s office. Thank goodness for vigilant citizens and video phones. In order for the numbers of violent encounters to be reduced, both officers and offenders need to see repercussions for their actions.
This may be the scariest factor in this incident: one of the cops (Thomas Dekoker) had already been sued for excessive force, and the city lost a $500,000 dollar punitive award (which the city is contesting). Taxpayers, these are your dollars being spent on officers who are still on the force in spite of doing this before. And more dollars are being spent to fight the lawful award for the guy who’s civil rights were violated!