Lawsuit: sicko Sheriff ordered 900 teens groped in illegal mass-frisking at school


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/05/lawsuit-sicko-sheriff-ordered.html


#2

Fuck this perverted fuck and the drug war he rode in on.


#3

@beschizza: I seriously hope you’re not onto something with that ‘future of policing’ quip.

The Sheriff should go to prison, forthwith, and may the residents of Worth County have the good sense to recall this predator before he has a chance to molest the middle or the elementary kids.


#4

“More than 40 cops from five other law enforcement agencies participated in the raid.”

So, they were all Ok with this? Wtf?


#5

Perhaps this might act as a litmus test, to see what the response is in that region and just where exactly on the ‘fucked’ meter the citizenry find themselves.


#6

Obviously, Georgia’s educational system has failed if these Trumpholes made it through high school.They should rename the sheriff “Sheriff Cop-A-Feel.”


#7

I doubt these things happen regularly, but the fact that it happens at all is unacceptable. And in this particular case we’re talking about minors, the sheriff and everyone involved needs to be charged.


#8

You don’t last long in American law enforcement if you can’t overcome your conscience. The cops are a lost cause. The question is whether the public is going to go along with this and let these perverts get away with publicly molesting their children with impunity.


#9

There is so much wrong with this? I wonder how they found enough officers to participate in a raid who never even thought that this might be an illegal order.

Of the 40 law enforcement officers who participated in the raid:

  1. Were these officers hired after other departments fired them for civil rights abuses or violence?
  2. Did Sheriff Hobby make sure to exclude law enforcement officers who might have had children in school?

#10

But it’s puzzling that so many officers got it so wrong.

Not only because the searches were illegal, but also the way that they were conducted. It does raise questions about the way searches were usually handled, as well as the culture within the PD and why they felt bold enough to go through with it.


#11

I hate to generalize that police officers are all rotten but cases like this certainly do not help. Why would so many of them think that it was ok to physically abuse minors? I can’t even.


#12

It’s police culture that’s rotten. They don’t let a few rookie boy scouts stop the gravy train.


#13

There’s certainly good ones, and maybe even departments where the culture is a positive one. But it becomes hard to believe when this shit happens all the time. It can’t be easy work, but then why make it worse?


#14

Lawsuit? Firstly - this should be reported to Child Protective Services.

To report child abuse:

To report child abuse:
Please call the DFCS Child Protective Center at: 1-855-GACHILD / 1-855-422-4453.
Reports are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have an immediate emergency, please call 911 or your local police department.

Secondly - a sexual assault investigation should occur.


#15

They walk around in armed packs, with the latitude to commit abuses for which civilians would be locked up for life, they’re handsomely paid with excellent union representation and the backing of any local elected official that wants to keep their job or their family safe, and literally the only people to stop them from committing crimes and racketeering are from their own ranks. I’d play them a requiem but the violin got lost under the electron microscope.


#16

I don’t think they do think that and that’s the problem. They don’t perceive what they did as abuse. They are sworn officers of the law. A fellow trusted officer says, “we need to do X.” They go along with it. Even if they might think it’s unlawful, they haven’t been trained to stand up for citizens against their fellow officers.


#17

The sad fact of the matter is that anyone who has signed up to be a police officer in the last 40 or so years knew that they were signing up to be in the front line of the “war on drugs”. The filter was already applied - if you weren’t ready to participate, you’re probably not currently an officer of the law in the US.

Every police officer under the age of 60 took a look at madness that is the war on drugs, and at the very least decided that it wasn’t a deal-breaker.


#18

Isn’t that a statistical anomaly?

[District Attorneys] learn in District Attorney School that there are two sure-fire ways to get a lot of favorable publicity:

(1) Go down and raid all the lockers in the local high school and confiscate 53 marijuana cigarettes and put them in a pile and hold a press conference where you announce that they have a street value of $850 million. These raids never fail, because ALL high schools, including brand-new, never-used ones, have at least 53 marijuana cigarettes in the lockers. As far as anyone can tell, the locker factory puts them there.
– Dave Barry, “Pornography”


#19

I’ve come the expect horrible decisions by the police. I’m not apologising for what Hobby did and I think he should be help accountable. That said, who was the administrator who was with Hobby and why didn’t that person stop the child abuse? I expect a bit more from a school administrator.


#20

There must be consequences for them.

Promotion? I understand that there are a lot of openings in the Trump Administration.

Rather more to the point: yeah, let’s see if we can get them listed as sex offenders. KathyPadilla has the right idea: Georgia (like most in the USA) is a “mandatory duty to report” State. Any of the school staff are liable if they don’t report the gropes etc.

A cop can commit the damndest offenses and at worst have to move to a new jurisdiction, but that “sex offender” tag follows you everywhere.