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Update: Half Naked, Drunk Texas Cop Who Fired Gun at Church Let Off With Probation

Deputy William Cox Texas Cop Naked Church Shooting Probation

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Cox was sentenced to just probation after getting drunk and shooting at a Texas Church.

In August of 2016 I posted about an off-duty Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy who got sloppy drunk, stripped off most of his clothes and then drove over to a church in Ellis County, Texas and started shooting his gun into it.

Once local police arrived, former Deputy William Lane Cox readily admitted that he was drunk and had fired his gun(s) at the church, hitting the building several times. His confession, recorded on those officer’s body cams, included his admission that he had gotten drunk and decided to “blow off some steam” by shooting up the church, which was located within a residential neighborhood.

He also indicated that the reason for his “stress” was the shooting of several Dallas police officers in an incident that happened just prior to his own shooting spree. Among other racist comments Deputy Cox stated, “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas” and “the black coon start killing my boys” on the video (embedded below).

Not surprisingly, after his initial arrest Deputy Cox received the typical Policeman’s Discount. The next day he was released without bail and shortly after that it was determined that he would not be facing any charges at all. That was partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church (who also just happens to be a police chaplain) didn’t want to press charges for the property damage caused by several bullets that had penetrated the doors and wall of the church.

Patrick Wilson Ellis County District Attorney Church Statement FavoritismHowever, there are numerous other charges that the police could easily have charged Deputy Cox with based on his own confession and the dangerous nature of his actions. Instead, while he was fired by the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Brown the Sheriff in Ellis County was pretty comfortable with not charging someone who admittedly drove drunk, recklessly discharged a gun while intoxicated, and put innocent people in danger by doing so at a building within a residential neighborhood with any crime whatsoever.

It wasn’t until six months later that Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson launched a separate investigation and eventually charged him with “deadly conduct,” a class three felony. In doing so, Wilson stated the obvious: “it is very, very difficult for me to believe that this man, Mr. Cox, was not afforded some special consideration.

One would tend to think that any special consideration would end. However, as is always the case with police facing trial, that was far from true. In spite of facing a charge where the minimum sentence mandated by law is a two year prison sentence and the added circumstances of having been drinking (and driving) at the time, he still was offered a cushy plea deal based on him having been a “good citizen” prior to his drunken shooting spree. After pleading guilty, Cox was sentenced to just five years of probation a $1,500 fine and ten days in jail. BTW, he gets to serve those ten days on weekends, cuz you it would be a shame if he was inconvenienced.

Once again, I’m sure the average citizen would have gotten the same sort of treatment.

Burrito Thief Rehired to Tucson Police Dept. by Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board

Last year, Officer Jose Olivares of the Tucson Police Department was fired after he was caught stealing a burrito from a local Mexican food restaurant the previous October. While the “Great Burrito Heist of 2015” isn’t exactly the crime of the century, it’s certainly something people that are paid to arrest other people for stealing stuff shouldn’t be doing themselves. So, he was fired from that position.

However, last week it was announced that the feel good story of 2016, where an internal investigation actually resulted in the Good Cops holding a Bad Apple accountable for his actions, has hit a snag. After an appeal, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board has reinstated Officer Olivares and ruled that the firing was too harsh of a punishment. Instead he was retroactively suspended for 80 days and had his law enforcement certification suspended for three weeks, once again retroactively.

Via Tucson.com:

The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board accepted an agreement with Jose Olivares on Wednesday, and issued a retroactive suspension of his state certification, according to AZPOST documents.

Olivares was fired from the Tucson Police Department last February after he failed to pay for a burrito during an October 2015 visit to Viva Burrito, according to AZPOST documents.

The day after the incident, one of Viva Burrito’s employees told a police lieutenant what had happened, leading to a department investigation.

Olivares told investigators he forgot to pay, but security footage from the restaurant showed him reaching toward his pocket at least four different times, but never producing any payment, AZPOST documents show.

The investigation determined Olivares committed theft while in uniform and on duty, and he was fired.
Olivares appealed his termination with the city’s Civil Service Commission, which ruled there wasn’t just cause for the type of discipline imposed.

He was reinstated to the department after serving an 80-hour suspension, city records show.

His suspension with AZPOST was considered served between Feb. 26 and March 16, 2016, according to AZPOST documents.

All of which, of course, means that he is eligible for back pay for all the time he missed during his initial firing. So, in essence he got a one year paid vacation as “punishment” for stealing something that he easily could have paid for if he had wanted to. That’ll show ’em!

Dominique Heaggan-Brown Charged in Shooting That Sparked Riots in Milwaukee; Sylville Smith Was Unarmed When Executed

Earlier today, charges of first-degree reckless homicide were filed against Dominique Heaggan-Brown for the shooting Syville Smith in August. Heaggan-Brown, who had earlier professed his desire to “start a riot like it’s Baltimore,” got his wish when Milwaukee erupted into riots after the murder of Smith. As I wrote about in October, Officer Heaggan-Brown also bragged that he could “do anything without repercussions” during a night in which he drugged and raped another man.

Unfortunately for him, he soon found that that expectation didn’t quite match-up to reality. He was arrested and charged with sexual assault for that attack, as well as another previous attack against a different man back in July. Those charges also included some prostitution related charges. Heaggan- Brown was fired from the Milwaukee Police Department as a result of those charges on October 31st.

The charges that filed today for the shooting of Smith make it very clear that not only was Heaggan-Brown unjustified in his action, but that they constituted an outright murder. The details that were released make it clear that Sylville was executed that day while unarmed and in no way representing a threat to Officer Heaggan-Brown or any other officer at the time that he was shot.

Via the New York Times:

Police officials have said that Mr. Smith was carrying a stolen handgun with a large-capacity magazine, and that he pointed it at the officer before the officer fired. But the criminal complaint filed on Thursday gives a somewhat different picture, based on video recorded by body cameras worn by Officer Heaggan-Brown and his partner. That video has not been made public.

In the video, Mr. Smith “turns his head and upper body towards the officers,” according to an investigator’s affidavit cited in the complaint. “He then raises the gun upward while looking in the direction of the officers and throws the gun over the fence into the yard.”

As Mr. Smith was raising the gun, the complaint says, Officer Heaggan-Brown fired his own weapon, the bullet passed through Mr. Smith’s arm and the suspect fell on his back. “Heaggan-Brown is observed standing a short distance from Smith with his weapon pointed down at Smith when Heaggan-Brown discharges a second shot from his weapon,” the complaint says.

Mr. Smith was hit in the chest.

There’s nothing ambiguous about that description. What you’re reading in those quotes is a description of a gangland execution. While it’s never a great idea to raise your hand with a gun (or anything else) in it toward a bunch of scared, trigger happy cops, Smith clearly made an effort not only to get rid of the gun he had on him, but to make sure those cops knew he had gotten rid of it.

Regardless of his prior intentions, after Smith was already disarmed, shot once, and lying on the ground, Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown stood over him and shot him in the chest. There’s no way to sugarcoat that or pretend it was an accident. Officer Heaggan-Brown committed a murder that day, plain and simple. And it’s very much obvious now why the police didn’t want to release that body camera video to an already outraged and angry public.

Meanwhile, even though the charge of first-degree reckless homicide carries a potential sixty year sentence (don’t hold your breath), Officer Heaggan-Brown should be charged with the crime he committed, which was murder.

“Start a Riot Like It’s Baltimore”

Video Taken During the Riots in Milwaukee by CopBlock Network Contributor Isiah Holmes

Milwaukee Cop in Sylville Smith Shooting Raped Man; Bragged He Could Do Anything “Without Repercussions”

Milwaukee Police Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who sparked riots in the city when he shot Sylville Smith, has been arrested and charged with raping a man. Prior to the sexual assault Heaggan-Brown and the victim had spent the night at a bar drinking heavily and watching the riots. The unidentified victim also stated that he believed he was drugged by Officer Heaggan Brown at the time of the assault.

That night, before they left the bar, “AV1” (as he is referred to in the complaint) said that Heaggan-Brown bragged to him that “he was the boss” and that there were “no limitations” on how he lived and that he could do whatever he wanted “without repercussions.” Shortly after they left the bar the victim said that he couldn’t remember anything until he awoke to Heaggan-Brown raping him.

Officer Heaggan-Brown claimed that the sex was consensual, although he admitted to a sergeant (identified as his “mentor”) he called looking for help covering up the crime that the victim was extremely drunk and “acting funny” at the time. That, of course, means that legally it wasn’t consensual, something that Heaggan-Brown should be well aware of being a police officer.

Beyond that, he is also facing two counts of prostitution for offering two people money for sex on at least three occasions dating back to 2015. In addition, he faces another allegation of sexually assaulting a different man in July and taking nude photos of that man while he was passed out. So, obviously there seems to be quite a long pattern of Heroic behavior by Officer Heaggan-Brown.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Heaggan-Brown took the victim to a bar late on the night of Aug. 14 where they drank heavily and watched TV as coverage of the protests aired, the criminal complaint said. The victim told investigators that Heaggan-Brown bragged that he was the boss and that there were “no limitations” on how he lived and that he could do whatever he wanted “without repercussions,” the complaint said.

The victim told police the day after the alleged assault that he had trouble remembering everything that happened after they left the bar but that he felt drugged. He said he woke up to Heaggan-Brown sexually assaulting him. His eyes teared up as he recounted the details, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, the man was nearly unconscious when Heaggan-Brown took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital early on Aug. 15. The officer told a security guard who helped him wheel the man inside that the man had had too much to drink and was “completely out, zonked out of his gourd,” the complaint said.

But when nurses began providing aid, it said, “AV1 flipped out.” It quoted him as saying, “Help me, help me, he was touching me.” The terrified man grabbed the security guard’s arm with “a little child death grip.” And after he was secured in a four-point restraint, out of sight from the defendant, he exclaimed: “He raped me, he raped me,” the complaint said.

Later that morning, Heaggan-Brown texted his mentor, Sgt. Joseph Hall, saying he had messed up “big time,” the complaint said.

“Need your help big time. … But need to handle this the most secret and right way possible,” the text read in part. The sergeant told investigators that Heaggan-Brown claimed the sex was consensual but “admitted that AV1 was messed up and acting funny while at the defendant’s residence.”

Using photographs and other data from the officer’s cellphone, the complaint said, investigators determined that Heaggan-Brown offered two other people money for sex several times — in December 2015 and in July and August of this year — and that he sexually assaulted another unconscious person in July, and photographed that victim naked without that person’s consent.

The charges include two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault, two misdemeanor prostitution counts and one felony count of capturing an intimate representation of a person without consent.

Of course, like most Bad Apples that finally do something bad enough to force the Good Cops working with him to impose some repercussions on them, Officer Heaggan-Brown has a history of misconduct that should have caused him to be removed from the barrel long ago. However, it was instead ignored creating that “I’m the boss” who can do anything “without repercussions” attitude that eventually leads to a murder or at the very least unnecessary use of force that is just too big for their “mentor” to help them out big time with.

Part of that troubled history includes his probationary period having to be extended for unspecified reasons when he was first hired. Several people within the community also came forward with stories about overly aggressive behavior by Heaggan-Brown prior to the shooting of Sylville Smith. In fact, Heaggan-Brown is an aspiring “gangsta” rapper, who can be found singing about wanting to “start a riot like it’s Baltimore” on a Youtube video (embedded below) not too long before he did just that.

Dash Cam Video Shows Ohio Cop Smash Car Windshield With “Dangerous” Handcuffed Suspect’s Head

Yet another disturbing video of police violence against citizens has emerged. In this video, dash camera footage from a September 2014 arrest, Lorain (OH) police can be seen leading a suspect toward the police cruiser that is recording it.

As one of the officers reaches the hood of the car right in front of the dash cam, he smashes Pele Smith, who is handcuffed and in no way resisting, face first into the front windshield. The impact is hard enough that the window shatters. Reportedly, the cops then laughed at Smith as he bled from the head wound inflicted during the assault.

In spite of the video showing nothing of that sort, the police claimed that the brutality was justified by Smith “actively resisting.” Even though his record contained no evidence of it, they also claimed that Smith was a “violent drug offender” and implored people not to believe their lying eyes, because stuff that somehow wasn’t captured by the video gave them reason to put his head through a windshield.

Via CleveScene.com:

Lorain Police Chief Cel Rivera released a statement Wednesday calling Smith “a violent drug trafficker” and said the video “does not tell the complete story” and “could be misunderstood” by the public.

According to the Lorain County Clerk of Courts website, Smith has no felony convictions for violent crimes such as assault or robbery. He has prior convictions for drug offenses and possessing a firearm.

“During the arrest and Mr. Smith’s active resistance, he was placed on the hood of the police unit to gain control and conduct a search, as per policy,” Rivera said in his statement. “I would caution observers to not rush to judgment relative to the actions of the police on scene.

“Although it is not easy to watch, police officers explain all of their actions in their police reports.”

Of course, everyone knows that the cops never lie in their police reports to rationalize their violent behavior toward people.

Neither the Bad Apple who broke the windshield with the head of a defenseless person, nor any of the Good Cops who stood by watching it and never said a word about it, then or afterwards, have been named. And apparently, according to Chief Rivera, smashing a handcuffed suspect’s head through a windshield is “per policy” at the Lorain Police Department.

Texas Transit Cop Who Beat Sleeping Man Charged With Assault (Update)

Earlier this week, CopBlock Network Contributor Asa Jay reported on a surveillance video that showed a Metro Transit Authority cop beating a man who had been caught sleeping on a bench at a train station in Houston. Officer Jarius Warren resigned while an internal investigation was being conducted. Now shortly after that video became public, Warren has also been indicted on assault charges.

Via HoustonPublicMedia.org:

A Harris County grand jury has indicted a former Metro police officer on assault charges.  Jarius Warren is accused of striking a man with a baton during an incident at the Burnett Street Transit Center on September 14. The incident was caught on a Metro security camera.

Warren resigned from the Metro police force after a disciplinary review board recommended that he be fired. If he’s convicted on the assault charge he could get up to a year in jail.

“The video is very disturbing,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson in a press release. “When we have compelling evidence such as this, we immediately initiate an investigation. The case was presented to a diverse grand jury and we wholeheartedly support their decision. This officer used excessive force and should not be wearing a badge.”

The grand jury decided not to indict another officer who was also at the scene. Metro says Officer Daniel Reynoso will return to duty after receiving additional training.

As mentioned in the quoted section, the Good Cop who stood by and watched Officer Warren was not indicted. However, Officer Reynoso will be trained not to beat people who are sleeping, because that’s not something a rational person should just know on their own.

Obviously, it’s good that Warren was indicted for something, although at the very least it should be aggravated assault. I have little that when his full Policeman’s Discount kicks in he will get a fine and a slightly sore wrist.

Alabama Sheriff Tyrone Clark Indicted on Ten Charges Related to Prison Drug and Sex Trafficking Ring

Former Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark, who was impeached in July, has now been indicted for his involvement in a drug and sex trafficking ring that was run by an inmate in the Sumter County Prison. The top Bad Apple of Sumter County is accused of providing an inmate, Rodney Coats, access to a private area within the prison’s administration building, as well as a laptop with internet access. Coats used this to run a drug operation outside of the prison.

In addition, Sheriff Clark is accused of keeping a women captive within a trailer. According to the unnamed woman she was forced to provide drugs to Coats and was routinely raped by Coats and by detention officers, as well as Clark. Clark also reportedly gave special treatment to certain inmates and even allowed them to leave the prison in order to perform work on his own house or for his friends.

Via the Montgomery Advertiser:

During his impeachment trial, assistant attorney generals fleshed out a laundry list of allegations against Clark. Most of them centered around Clark’s friendship with Rodney Coats — an inmate at the Sumter County Prison who was made a “trustee.”

While most inmate trustees are low-risk, nonviolent offenders, Coats has eight criminal charges pending against him with a bond totaling $675,000.

A former chief deputy to Clark testified against him at his impeachment trial, stating that Coats had unsupervised access to what was known around the jail as “Coats’ Quarters,” located in the administration building.

Found in “Coats’ Quarters” was a television, bus seats from Clark’s old campaign bus, a couch, a toolbox and a laptop labeled “Sheriff” that Coats used to monitor his drug operation from jail, testimony indicated.

One woman testified that she was held against her will in a trailer controlled by Coats, which was equipped with surveillance cameras that fed into his jail laptop. She said she was regularly made to bring drugs to Coats in his quarters, where he and other detention officers raped her. She also accused Clark of sexual assault.

Clark denied her allegations, as well as being aware that she had been brought to Coats.

Some former inmates testified that Clark let them leave the jail to go work on his house or perform other jobs for community members. Under cross-examination, Clark admitted to knowing this was a crime when he allowed it to happen…

Three of the counts fall under felony ethics violations. Clark is accused of using his public office for private gain in connection to allegedly allowing inmates to work on his private property.

Sumter County District Attorney Greg Griggs said the other charges are as follows:

  • Two separate counts that forbid sheriff from using county inmates from working on personal property (one count for each home)
  • First-degree promoting prison contraband
  • Second-degree promoting prison contraband
  • Criminal conspiracy to commit a controlled substance crime
  • First-degree human trafficking
  • First-degree perjury, which stems from alleged false testimony Clark gave to a Sumter County Grand Jury

Local Video Coverage of Sheriff Clark Being Arrested

Racist, Drunk, Half-Naked Texas Cop Shoots At Church in Residential Neighborhood; Faces No Charges As A Result

Half Naked Somervell County Texas Deputy Cox Church Shooting

Somervell County Sheriff’s Deputy William Lane Cox confessing to shooting at a church within a residential neighborhood while drunk and half naked.

On July 13th, Deputy William Cox of the Somervell County (TX) Sheriff’s Office was arrested after he got drunk, stripped down, and fired his gun at a church within a residential neighborhood. During the arrest he fully confessed in a racist rant where he referred to black people as “black coons” and blamed being stressed and upset over the recent shootings of police in Dallas for the bizarre rampage.

In spite of that, no charges were filed against him and thus far his only punishment has been to be fired from the department. That’s partly due to the fact that the pastor of the church chose not to press charges against him. However, several of his actions that night constitute crimes that would normally be filed by the police officers making the arrest. As a result, the failure of the Good Cops at the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office to hold this Bad Apple accountable for his actions has generated criticism not just among members of the community, but even from Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson.

Via the New York Daily News:

That morning, Ovilla officers responded to a report of shots fired at an Ellis County church about 20 miles outside of Dallas.

When they showed up, they caught body cam footage of Cox, crying as he fires off a boozy tirade while wearing only shorts and sneakers.

In the shocking video, Cox tells a responding officer he shot up the church “cause my boys are getting killed in Dallas,” referencing the ambush during a rally that left five officers dead just six days earlier.

He continued his tipsy tirade, telling the cop that “the black c–n start killing my boys.”

The Ovilla cop cuffed Cox until a sheriff’s deputy showed up.

Cox copped to it all, telling police he was under a lot of stress and upset about the Dallas ambush when he decided to get sloshed, sit in the parking lot and fire his gun at the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Officers found a .38-caliber revolver, his service gun and 28 bullet casings in his car…

When the Dallas TV station filed an open records request for Cox’s mugshot, all they got back was a picture of a blank wall.

“The complainant dropped the charges,” Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown told the Waxahachie paper. “I have nothing to say about it.”

Now, the Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson is livid, calling the decision not to press charges “inexcusable.”

“I cannot understand how these facts escape the narrative of favoritism,” he said.

“How can I dispel that narrative when these facts completely support that?”

DA Wilson says he is conducting a separate investigation and Deputy Cox could, in theory, end up facing charges after all. However, as even he acknowledges, it’s unlikely that potential extra step would be necessary if it was anyone but a cop who had gotten drunk, drove to a church, and discharged a firearm at a building within a residential neighborhood, regardless of their motivations for doing so.

Man Arrested By Syracuse NY Cops In Retaliation For Legally Filming The Police

On Thursday, police in Syracuse NY arrested a man who had committed no crime whatsoever and was legally filming them perform a pat-down on another man that had been detained.

Maurice Crawley was standing across the street peacefully filming a traffic stop when one of the officers involved began telling him not to speak to them, even though Crawley hadn’t done so previously. After Crawley asked him to repeat himself because he hadn’t heard him, the officer began threatening him as he crossed the street and placed Crawley under arrest.

Both filming the police and speaking out loud in public (or even actually cursing at police officers) are protected acts under the First Amendment. So, it’s pretty clear that this cop had no valid justification for arresting Crawley.

Via NYDailyNews.com:

Maurice Crawley, 52, was streaming live on his Facebook page Thursday when one of the officers across the street shouted that if he said “one word,” he’d be arrested.

Crawley asked the officer to repeat himself, and the cop walked across the street and placed him under arrest while swearing at him.

“Don’t f—— move, you understand me?” an officer can be heard saying in the video, obtained by Syracuse.com. “Don’t you f—— move, I am going to f— you up.”

In the four-minute video, as a white officer and a black officer can be seen arresting the motorist, Crawley says “see what’s going on with these boys, make sure they’re doing everything they’re supposed to be doing.”

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Crawley later zooms in on the black officer handcuffing and searching the man who had been in a car that was pulled over. Crawley can be heard referring to the officer as an “Uncle Tom,” but it doesn’t appear that the officer heard his comment.

After being forced to spend the night in jail for the non-crime of asking a cop what he had said, Crawley was released after attending court and pleading not guilty on the false charges of “obstructing governmental administration” and resisting arrest.

Neither officer has been identified yet, but the Good Cop who didn’t actually arrest Crawley was obviously distracted momentarily during the time that the Bad Apple he was working with conducted a hostile, vindictive, and illegal arrest on someone who hadn’t committed any crime at all.

They Fought the Law and the Law LOST; SEMO CopBlock Wins First Amendment Lawsuit

The following post and video was shared with the CopBlock Network by Bryan Jeffers of SEMO Cop Block, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page. The post discusses an incident they were involved in where city officials, including the mayor, chief of police, and county sheriff retaliated against them for flipping the mayor off, which is a First Amendment protected act of Free Speech. Among other things, they had their water meter removed by city workers, even though they were current on their bill.

Within the video, the fact that they were paid up to date on their water bill and that the removal was ordered as an act of retaliation is admitted. Ultimately, these acts of retaliation led to a lawsuit by jeffers and his mother Tina Warren, which was supported by the ACLU.

The post below details the resolution of that lawsuit and conditions under which it was resolved.

City/County Officials Involved:

  • Piedmont Mayor: William “Bill” Kirkpatrick
  • Piedmont Chief of Police:  Richard Sanders
  • Wayne County Sheriff: Dean Finch
  • Lieutenant of Piedmont Police: Cory Tompson

Back in September of 2015, Wayne County residents Tina Warren and her son Bryan Jeffers, with help from the ACLU, filed a lawsuit accusing the City of Piedmont, the Chief of Police of Piedmont (Richard Sanders), a Police Lieutenant of Piedmont (Cory Tompson), the Mayor of Piedmont ( William “Bill” Kirkpatrick), and also the Sheriff of Wayne County (Dean Finch) of violations of the First Amendment.

In retaliation for their use of what is protected Free Speech, they have been harassed on multiple occasions. Miss Warren has been pulled over multiple times for “flipping the bird” to the city mayor. Also, Mr. Jeffers’ water meter was taken by workers employed by the local government in a further act of retaliation, even though they were current on their water bill. In addition, Mayor Kirkpatrick sent the sheriff to her home with the state DEA, to perform an unwarranted search for drugs. That search turned up nothing. You can read all about it here.

We are proud to announce that Tina Warren and Bryan Jeffers have come to a settlement with the City of Piedmont and all of the defendants involved. Miss Warren and Mr. Jeffers agreed to dismiss, with prejudice, the lawsuit against the City of Piedmont, MO as well as the named defendants after the defendants agreed to the following terms:

  1. The City of Piedmont, through its insurance company, agree to pay Miss Warren and Mr. Jeffers and their attorneys the sum of $9,500.00
  2. Defendant City of Piedmont agrees to issue the following apology:
    “The administration of the City of Piedmont regrets their response to Tina Warren’s expressive activities. The city recognizes that residents have the first amendment rights and can not be subject to retaliation for exercising those rights. The city also acknowledges a citizen’s right to criticize public officials , even when some may find it offensive.”
  3. The city agrees to revisit and evaluate laws that outlaw cursing, offensive gestures, among others. Before this agreement the city went ahead and hired an outside company to review and rewrite any outdated laws.
  4. The city agrees to remove any remaining signs citing or relating to “no cursing”
  5. Each party agrees to pay their own attorney fee and cost.
  6. Mediation cost shall be divided equally between the defendants City of Piedmont and Sheriff Finch (taking money from an officer’s personnel pocket)

Standing up for your rights and seeing it to the end is something we like seeing. We encourage everyone to call the Piedmont City Council Members and tell them “We don’t want to flip the bill for Bill anymore.” We believe that if enough people call the council members they will go ahead and impeach the 1st Amendment hating mayor.

  • Ward I Alderwoman: Karin Townsend – (573) 223-7579
  • Ward I Alderman: Brian Tutterow – Phone # Unlisted
  • Ward II Alderman: Tracey Bennett – (573) 223-1248
  • Ward II Alderman: Scott Tucker – (573) 223-7533

Miss Warren said:

“Let this be a warning to all these small towns and cities out there that one “Bad Apple” can cost a city a lot of money and could wrap your city up in court, if you have laws that are unconstitutional”

We would like more people to stand up to local governments and get laws changed like Miss Warren and Mr Jeffers did with the help of the ACLU. If you believe your rights were violated, do not rest ’til you win your case.

– Bryan Jeffers
SEMO Cop Block