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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.

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Update: NYPD Cop Who Got Drunk, Broke Into a Woman’s House, and Repeatedly Assaulted Her Given Probation

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Officer Eugene Donnelly of the NYPD. As I reported then, within hours of having received an award for bravery at a June 2014 ceremony (pictured above) presided over by both Mayor De Blasio and former NYPD Commission Bill Bratton, Donnelly went out with a group of fellow officers to celebrate. That victory party culminated in him passing out drunk at a friend’s apartment in the Bronx.

However, that was not the end of the festivities for Officer Donnelly. Sometime during the night, he forced his way into an apartment within the same building, threw the woman who lived there to the ground while yelling about children and guns, and then hit her at least twenty times in the head, because he (apparently) thought she worked for Child Protective Services. After some unspecified amount of time, he then realized he had done some crazy shit and ran out of the apartment in nothing but a pair of black boxers. (See video embedded below.) Before that though, he reportedly added insult to injury by drinking milk out of his victim’s refrigerator – straight from the carton, no less.

He later tried to claim that all of this happened because he was sleep walking.

Via the New York Post:

Eugene Donnelly, who gave the snoozy defense in court last week, is wearing only a pair of black boxers as he tries to flee a Bronx building where, moments earlier, he allegedly pummeled the total stranger.

Donnelly first enters the frame in the lobby at 5:43 a.m. and runs out to the street. He then tries to get back inside but is locked out and leaves again. When a cop car passes by, he goes back to the vestibule where he frantically rings buzzers.

Seconds before the damning footage, his alleged victim is seen running through the lobby in her bathrobe as she desperately tries to get away.

A day earlier, Donnelly had been given a Combat Cross by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for ­arresting a gunman who fired at him in 2012.

Sources said he spent the night drinking before crashing at a fellow cop’s place in the victim’s building.

The 32-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, shared details of the 2014 nightmare for the first time with The Post.

She said she was in bed when Donnelly kicked in her door wearing nothing but the shorts.

She ran toward the door, screaming, “Help!”

“He came rushing toward me and punched me in the face, hard enough to knock me to the floor,” she recalled.

“It was so sudden.”

He then got on top of her and continued hitting her, she said. “I was lying on the ground and he . . kept punching me, really fast, nonstop, pummeling me.

“He was screaming, ‘Shut the f–k up, you ACS bitch! I know there are kids in here! I know there are guns!’

“I had no idea what he was talking about . . . I thought I was going to die,” she said.

At one point, the fearful woman dialed 911, but was afraid to speak because he was still in the apartment.

When she heard him walk into her kitchen, she put on a bathrobe, ran out of her apartment and knocked on neighbors’ doors for help.

To sweeten the deal a little bit, Officer Donnelly also is facing a DWI charge from May of 2016. In that incident, Donnelly had to be pried out of his own car after it collided with three parked cars and flipped on its side. (See second video embedded below.) He was reportedly, according to witnesses, going 65 to 70 miles per hour on a city street prior to the collision.

These charges would probably tell you that Officer Donnelly has some serious issues with self control and either one of them would probably indicate that he’s a danger to the public when he inevitably loses control. So this is a guy you’d think should more than likely not be working as a cop and should even be given some sort of harsh punishment to discourage him from this type of behavior in the future.

Or not. Instead Donnelly will be sentenced to three years of probation as part of a plea deal and “could” be fired from the NYPD if he is convicted on the DWI charges, which have yet to go to trial. That’ll keep him on the straight and narrow.

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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.

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Drunk NYPD Officer Celebrated Winning Bravery Award by Breaking Into House, Assaulting Woman

Within hours of the ceremony in which he received an award for bravery, NYPD Officer Officer Eugene Donnelly got blackout drunk and broke into a woman’s house, then assaulted her multiple times and drank milk from her refrigerator before “scampering off.” It’s not actually clear from the report if Officer Donnelly was wearing the Police Combat Cross that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had awarded him earlier in the day, but apparently at the time of the assault he had stripped down to just a pair of black boxer shorts.

In an interesting (and by “interesting,” I mean laughably ridiculous) defense, Ofc. Donnelly’s lawyer claimed earlier this week that he wasn’t actually drunk, but instead was sleepwalking when he forced his way into the woman’s house and repeatedly punched her in the head. Michael Marinaccio maintains that his client suffers from PTSD and sleep disorders that, conveniently enough, stem from the shooting for which he was given the award for that day. It’s also fairly possible that this was just an attempt by Marinaccio to get started on the annual April Fools Day tradition a few days early.

According to the New York Daily News:

“Our report shows that it wasn’t an alcoholic blackout. It was sleepwalking,” lawyer Michael Marinaccio said after Officer Eugene Donnelly appeared in Bronx Supreme Court, where he faces misdemeanor assault and burglary charges.

Prosecutors say a drunken Donnelly, 27, roughed up his victim after barging into her Woodlawn apartment in June 2014 wearing only his underwear.

The alleged attack took place hours after Mayor de Blasio presented the officer with the Police Combat Cross, the NYPD’s second-highest honor, for his bravery in arresting a teen gunman after a wild Bronx gunfight in May 2012.

“On the best day of this guy’s life, he does something so out of character,” the lawyer said.

NYPD Officer Eugene Donnelly

NYPD Officer Eugene Donnelly

“Can we at least consider the possibility that something else is going on here?”

Donnelly’s victim wasn’t buying it.

“It took them over a year to come up with this defense,” the 32-year-old told the Daily News. “It’s ridiculous. He’s grasping at straws.”

The woman told police that the officer, clad in black boxer shorts, pounced on her and punched her up to 20 times.

He then allegedly wandered into her kitchen and gulped down milk from her refrigerator before scampering off.

Marinaccio said a doctor has diagnosed the cop with post-traumatic stress disorder and various sleep disorders, dating back to the 2012 shooting.

Prosecutors have found their own doctors and plan to test Donnelly and his alleged sleepwalking in the coming weeks.

In a 2014 interview with prosecutors, Donnelly said he didn’t initially report the incident because he thought it was a dream, court papers show.

Donnelly also admitted that the 2012 shootout led him to fall off the wagon after he achieved sobriety following a long battle with alcoholism.

His lawyer told the Daily News that Donnelly’s sleep issues developed after he was momentarily removed from his command while his superiors investigated the 2012 shoot-out.

“The sleepwalking is just a manifestation of a broader sleep disorder,” Marinaccio said.

It would be easy to make a joke about cops being so accomplished at beating people that they can even do it in their sleep. Additionally, I could point out how uncouth and lacking in basic manners it is to drink milk that other people also intend to drink straight out of the carton. However, I’m going to take the high road here and just say that Officer Donnelly and his lawyer are both full of massive amounts of shit and probably should receive some sort of award for excelling at being bald-faced liars. And point out that Donnelly is a drunken, abusive scumbag, as well.

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Kidnapped by the State of Texas

This post was submitted by Shantay Thompson, via the Cop Block submission page:

Officers Involved: Only one arresting officer named, out of 6-8 officers on scene. The only name and badge number given was: Holland 3204
Department Involved: Fort Worth Police Department, Texas. Tarrant County jail.

Fort Worth Police PatchMy nurse friend and I were asked by a well known, all night diners employee, of where we finished eating and were leaving. The employee told us there was a man in parking lot that needed help. Would we just check on him?! She’s a nurse, and I like to help. We ventured to parking lot to find a small, caucasion businessman lying face first in parking lot.

My friend and I got him standing, walking and talking slowly across lot, as he was drunk and upset about something. Yet not violent in any way. Suddenly, and what happened next, happened so fast, there was no time to video or even move.

Suddenly this harmless man and I were surrounded by three cop cars. Before we could think, out flew this huge, pock faced, beaked nosed, cop. The drunk guy took one step and this cop cuffed, picked up, and threw this slight man through the open back door of one of the cop cars. As drunk stranger slammed across the backseat, into opposite back door, this same cop, leaned into the back seat, and proceeded to pepper spray the cuffed, detained, in enclosed space, man. Literally five inches from the mans face. Up and down his body. Soaking the suffocating guy.

It was then I yelled out, ” Why are you spraying him?!?! He didn’t do anything to you!!!!”

The spraying cop turned to me and told the other cops standing around to arrest me. I was arrested and they “forgot” to lock my cuffs. I was taken miles away to Mansfield maximum security holding for 5 days. Then I was booked in Tarrant county jail as a trustee for another five days.

My friend searched for me to bond out. I didn’t show up in system for eight days. No one knew where I was for eight days!!!
Just for exclaiming out loud from watching excessive force. I had no warrants. No drugs. No tickets. No probation. Nothing.

I was charged, and plead guilty to “interfering with duties” a class b misdemeanor. If my speaking up was interfering with this cops duties, I am guilty and would speak out again, upon witnessing police brutality.

Shantay Thompson

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