Here’s an interesting story (with video) about a DUI arrest. Hotel/bar owner encounters very zealous Heroes lurking just outside his business, itching to nab some “drunk” drivers. Guy seems to have had something to drink, but is he “drunk”? Note the aggressiveness of the Heroes. Five or six of them – vs. one paunchy older guy who is not aggressive or violent. Certainly not a “threat” to the “safety” of these Heroes. They treat him like a piece of garbage, yelling at him, lecturing him – and become furious when he does not submit like a peon to their Authority. Then they – as one of the Heroes put it – “smoke him” with a Tazer.
The guy was eventually found not guilty. Here’s the story:
A wild story of police stalking, DUI allegations and excessive force were brought to light earlier this month when body cameras on Clarksville, IN Police officers saved a man from jail time. According to WaveNews 3:
Ghassan Yaldo, known as Jimmy Yaldo, was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence because police said he was trying to back down Auburn Avenue at 3:55 a.m. Yaldo is the owner of the America’s Best Inn in Clarksville and the Economy Inn in Louisville.
Body camera video, taken from a police officer, showed the officer ask Yaldo if he had been drinking and Yaldo said he had two drinks.
In the police report, the officer said, “I could smell a strong odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage.”
“He had a couple of beers over a long period of time so he wasn’t under the influence,” Mort Meisner, a spokesperson for the family, said.
The report states Yaldo failed several of the sobriety tests and eventually blew a .106 in a breathalyzer.
That’s when police tried to arrest Yaldo and things got violent.
“It was chilling,” Meisner said of the body camera video. “What they did to him was over the top, over the line.”
Bart Adams, a local defense attorney, said there would not have been any violence if Yaldo had obeyed.
“If you trust them with respect, they will treat you with respect,” Adams said. “If you don’t treat them with respect, then you’re liable to get hurt.”
Adams said people have started to ignore officers more and more.
“I don’t think the police officers were over-zealous at all,” Adams said. “What I think is happening is you’re seeing a general public that thinks they don’t have to listen to the police officers or obey their orders.”
A jury disagreed when the case went to trial in October and decided the police were too aggressive, including their language, which included shouting profanity.
“It just showed he [the officer] had malice and anger and he wanted to be in control,” Meisner said. “We hope certainly he’s held accountable.”
There are many factors at play here that I’m not even sure where to start. In the video you can hear Yaldo question why the officers are at his place to begin with. Late in the video one of the unidentified (as of yet) officers calls Yaldo’s business trash so one could believe that the police are always hanging around. This was on private property and one can understand why a property owner (especially one that has a business) wouldn’t want the cops hanging around. Just read some of the recent businesses to refuse service to police officers here.
The fact that the police detained Yaldo for ‘alleged’ DUI when he had yet to reach a public roadway seems to confirm that accusation. It appears that Yaldo came down from his business, in his vehicle, to inquire why the cops were at his property. When the Clarksville Police officer said he smelled alcohol he conducted a sobriety test and that’s where it started to go wrong.
Yaldo was polite while he asked questions about the treatment he was receiving. He was even being harassed by officers who were on scene for backup, especially the unknown officer wearing the body cam above, and still responded politely to them.
Thankfully the video helped to clear Yaldo of the officer’s vindictive (for whatever reasons) actions and to help expose the police for what they are, thugs.