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Title: Revolutionary Precedent: EVERYTHING Cop Owns is Seized to Pay Back Man He Paralyzed
Source: The Free Thought Project
URL Source: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/precedent-fed/
Published: Apr 22, 2019
Author: Claire Bernish
Post Date: 2019-04-22 17:05:28 by Hondo68
Keywords: Dontrell is very pleased, Four federal marshals, seize everything of value
Views: 257
Comments: 15

seized

Palm Beach, FL — In what could be one of the most effective solutions for excessive force by police, federal marshals seized the personal possessions — from the sofa and lamps to clothing and an iron — of a South Florida deputy who shot a man holding a cell phone, paralyzing him.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Adams Lin spotted 19-year-old Dontrell Stephens in a “high-crime area” — the man’s own low-income neighborhood — on September 13, 2013, riding a bicycle in a manner the deputy found suspicious.

Lin stopped the youth, who dismounted the bike with a cell phone in his hand and slowly approached the officer. Just outside the range of dash cam video, the officer shot Stephens four times — claiming he was in fear for his life — but footage and evidence clearly showed the claim to be baseless.

Three of the bullets remain lodged in Stephens’ body, according to the Sun Sentinel — two in his arm and one in his spine, which left him paralyzed and dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.

In a lawsuit against Lin and the sheriff’s office, a jury awarded Stephens over $23.1 million — an amount later slightly lowered to $22.4 million — which, as standard practice, would come straight from the pockets of taxpayers.

Since Florida law places a $200,000 limit on payouts like that awarded to Lin’s victim, the case must go before Florida state legislature — but that may never happen. While the settlement languishes, Stephens’ attorneys demanded Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw to make good on the $200,000 — but he balked and filed an appeal.

U.S. Magistrate Barry Seltzer upheld the $22.4 million verdict in a 40-page decision, writing, as cited by the Palm Beach Post

“Stephens lost use of his lower extremities, lost control of his bowel, lost control of his bladder, lost his sexual function and suffers constant and severe pain,” adding insight from another case, “Put simply, the enormity of the award is matched by the enormity of the plaintiff’s damages.”

But the judge also understood Lin couldn’t be stripped of all income, considering he has a daughter and family responsibilities.

“In November,” the Sentinel explains, “U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer ruled that none of Lin’s $82,400 in wages should be garnished to help pay off the judgment because he proved he was ‘head of a family’ since he provides more than half of the support for his 6-year-old daughter.

“Lin pays his ex-wife $400 a month to care for their child, and he also picks up the tab for school lunches, after care, ice skating and taekwondo. His overtime is exempt, too.”

It seemed Stephens would not receive justice for being unjustly shot and bound to a wheelchair — but the deputy’s personal possessions aren’t exempt in the matter. So when Sheriff Bradshaw refused to pay, Seltzer gave the green light for federal marshals to seize everything of value from the deputy to be sold at auction to help pay the man’s medical and living expenses.

Four federal marshals came to Lin’s townhouse to serve the court order, Stephens’ attorney, Jack Scarola, told the Sentinel, who reported:

“Lin read the court order, became visibly shaken, and fainted, collapsing to the ground, Scarola said.

“Paramedics were called and when Lin recovered, he sat on a sheriff’s squad car and watched movers load up his belongings and ‘empty out virtually everything …”

Lin’s daughter’s possessions weren’t touched, but,

“Among the items taken: his car, couch, coffee tables, end tables, lamps, his collection of Samurai swords, flatscreen TV, iron, ironing board, computer, golf clubs, bicycle, tools, and almost all of his non-Sheriff’s Office clothing, Scarola said,” according to the Sentinel.

“I don’t think we took any shoes and I don’t think we took any underwear,” Scarola told the outlet, but “shirts and pants and shorts are all gone, jackets.

“We left behind cups and saucers and dishes. There’s nothing of any significant value in those.”

Scarola lamented that Lin’s possessions had to be seized — an action he said he warned the sheriff would happen if the $200,000 weren’t paid — but the horrific aftermath of the deputy’s unjustified use of force must be addressed.

Unfortunately for Stephens, marshals, movers, towing fees, and other expenses from the seizure will have to be paid before he receives a cent — but the young man will eventually receive funds to assist with his expenses.

“I took no pleasure in having to do what we did, but we have an obligation to [act] for our client,” Scarola stated. “Dontrell is very pleased we’re making every effort to protect his legal interest. It was the only alternative open to us and definitely the right thing to do.”

Perhaps, if law enforcement officers feared losing literally everything but the clothes on their backs, the decision to shoot — rather than de-escalate or employ a less-lethal weapon — might not come so quickly.


Poster Comment:

The officer was left without even his Trumpy Bear.

Property of Dontrell (2 images)

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#1. To: misterwhite (#0)

Looks like somebody is finally taking my advice.
Now they need to take the house, car and pension as well.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-04-23   0:41:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Hank Rearden (#1)

Now they need to take the house, car and pension as well.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're against asset forfeiture, no?

Or only sometimes, hypocrite that you are.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-23   8:39:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#2)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're against asset forfeiture, no?

I certainly am if it occurs before any criminal act has been proven. Not the case here.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-04-23   11:00:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Hank Rearden (#3)

I certainly am if it occurs before any criminal act has been proven.

So the drug dealer keeps the $100,000 until he's found guilty in a court of law. But that's only if he double pinky swears not to spend it in the meantime.

What kind of a fantasy world do you live in?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-04-24   9:15:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: misterwhite (#4)

The cops have no proof until he's found guilty, period. If he spends it, tough shit - a few less toys for the "heroes" to assault people with, but maybe they'll get a chance to murder him in jail if he's found guilty.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-05-01   16:09:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Hank Rearden (#5)

The cops have no proof until he's found guilty, period.

Hey. I have a solution! How about if the cops temporarily seize the assets but don't keep them unless he's found guilty?

misterwhite  posted on  2019-05-01   16:25:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Hondo68, misterwhite, Hank Rearden, Vicomte13 (#0)

I still think that cops should be bonded and insured for law enforcement malpractice. Or malfeasance. Whatever you call it.

Doing that would help shield the cops in the short term. Subsequent incidents of misconduct would drive their premiums higher, making it impossible to earn a living as a cop. It would really help restrain these career cops, they can't be ruined financially on a first offense but they can't make a living if they keep offending.

We insure and bond lots of other professionals. We should do it with cops as well.

And the taxpayer should not be left holding the bag and the bill from lawsuits for law enforcement malfeasance.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-20   15:15:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Hondo68, Deckard (#0)

“Among the items taken: his car, couch, coffee tables, end tables, lamps, his collection of Samurai swords, flatscreen TV, iron, ironing board, computer, golf clubs, bicycle, tools, and almost all of his non-Sheriff’s Office clothing, Scarola said,” according to the Sentinel.

“I don’t think we took any shoes and I don’t think we took any underwear,” Scarola told the outlet, but “shirts and pants and shorts are all gone, jackets.

“We left behind cups and saucers and dishes. There’s nothing of any significant value in those.”

Scarola lamented that Lin’s possessions had to be seized — an action he said he warned the sheriff would happen if the $200,000 weren’t paid — but the horrific aftermath of the deputy’s unjustified use of force must be addressed.

Unfortunately for Stephens, marshals, movers, towing fees, and other expenses from the seizure will have to be paid before he receives a cent — but the young man will eventually receive funds to assist with his expenses.

I'd like to see them all sold on eBay along with a description of where they came from.

Even I would probably buy something, like a pair of socks for $5.

Yeah, just for spite at this cop who thought he'd get away with just blasting some kid with cellphone for the crime of Dialing While Black.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-20   15:19:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Tooconservative (#8)

Even I would probably buy something, like a pair of socks for $5.

I see. Go after the cop for the $5 socks, but don't bother the legislature for the $22.4 million.

I'm sure the cops are getting the message -- let the bad guys go or else it can personally cost you.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-20   16:01:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Hondo68 (#0)

SB 166: Relief of Dontrell Stephens by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office:

5/3/2019 Senate • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration • Died in Special Master on Claim Bills

It's dead, Jim.

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-20   16:14:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Tooconservative (#8)

Well, that wheelchair doesn't seem to affect his ability to sell marijuana, c cocaine and heroin:

misterwhite  posted on  2019-07-20   16:15:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Tooconservative, 2020 Corvette Stingray (#8)

2020 mid-engine Vette.



Ron Paul - Lake Jackson Texas Values

Hondo68  posted on  2019-07-21   8:30:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Hondo68 (#12)

The mid-engine is interesting but this new car shouldn't be called a Corvette. It may be a supercar level of performance but it doesn't look like a Corvette to me. Worse even than some of the styles they tried in the late Eighties and into the Nineties. But looking at the lines in the body, I can see signs of other car designes but not the Corvette.

The shape and contours of the body are where it fails. It looks...European.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-21   16:24:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Tooconservative, Datsun 240Z?, no a Pontiac, at least it doesnt look Jap (#13)

Pontiac Fiero mid-engined 1983 to 1988

Poor Old Negeo Thinks It's A Cadillac

PONTIAC



Ron Paul - Lake Jackson Texas Values

Hondo68  posted on  2019-07-22   16:29:21 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: Hondo68 (#14)

Pontiac had guts on design ideas. I wish they had kept that division going. Instead, they were discarded along with Saab and Saturn. They deserved better. They designed some great cars, imaginative designs back in the day.


1965 Pontiac Grand Prix

I wish they'd build more 2-dar cars again. I always preferred them.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-07-22   21:10:44 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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