My favorite morsel of information from this whole thing is in the story about the guy who was falsely arrested, beaten in his cell and charged with destruction of property.
He sued the police department for what they did to him. On the stand, the officer who wrote up the report had the following exchange:
“After Mr. Davis was detained, did you have any blood on you?” asked Davis’ lawyer, James Schottel.
“No, sir,” Beaird replied.
Schottel showed Beaird a copy of the “property damage” complaint.
“Is that your signature as complainant?” the lawyer asked.
“It is, sir,” the cop said.
“And what do you allege that Mr. Davis did unlawfully in this one?” the lawyer asked.
“Transferred blood to my uniform while Davis was resisting,” the cop said.
“And didn’t I ask you earlier in this deposition if Mr. Davis got blood on your uniform?”
“You did, sir.”
“And didn’t you respond no?”
“Correct. I did.”
Afterwards, the St Louis prosecutor in charge of the 4 counts of damage of government property only dropped 2 of the charges. He is also currently unopposed in his re-election campaign this November.