PA Hero Cuts in Line, Attacks Mundane

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 A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority police officer was convicted by a Philadelphia jury on Monday for a Christmas 2013 incident involving the assault and false arrest of a woman that started while she was waiting in line at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Muibat Williamson claimed that Hero Douglas Loven, 44, cut in line, stepped on her foot, and then banged her head into an ATM while trying to apprehend her after she asked him to apologize for his rude behavior.

Williamson, 54, testified that she was waiting for a train after she finished the night-shift as a nurse at Einstein Medical Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital when she got a hankering for some coffee.

She said Loven cut in line at the Dunkin’ Donuts at the suburban transit station concourse and then stepped on her foot as he was leaving before she confronted him for and demanded an apology that he refused to give.

A witness said in Common Pleas Court that she got between the two as they were arguing and reminded them that it was Christmas, when she heard Loven vindictively tell Williamson, “next time, move out of the way.”

According to Williamson, she knocked on the door of SEPTA’s concourse police station to file a complaint and Loven chased and cursed at her before banging her head against an ATM machine, putting her in handcuffs, and charging her with disorderly conduct.

On Monday, jurors deliberated for two hours and returned a split verdict finding Loven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression.

They acquitted him of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law – a charge that had originally been filed against the Hero Cop for preventing Williamson from filing the complaint against him.

Loven’s defense attorney, Joseph Silvestro Jr., said he was “disappointed with the verdict,” and claimed in closing arguments that Williamson exaggerated her story in order to improve her chances of winning a civil lawsuit she filed against Loven and SEPTA.

He said video from inside the Dunkin’ Donuts does not prove Loven stepped on Williamson’s foot, but Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wellbrock arguedthat when the transit cop said, “next time, move out of the way” – it didn’t sound like someone that hadn’t done anything wrong.

In addition, a retired SEPTA police sergeant told the jury that following the incident, Loven admitted guilt by saying, “I think I screwed up because I thought she was a homeless person, but she was a regular person.”

Loven remains free on $3,000 bail and is scheduled for sentencing on May 13. He faces up to four years in prison but Wellbrock said that state guidelines recommend he only receive probation.

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  2. “I thought she was a eevull joo, but she was a regyoolah joo .”
    Or did you mean:
    “I thought she was a eevull joo, but she was regyoolah eevull”?
    ‘eevull joo’ is redundant in nazi think.

  3. In addition, a retired SEPTA police sergeant told the jury that following the incident, Loven admitted guilt by saying, “I think I screwed up because I thought she was a homeless person, but she was a regular person.”

    This is part of the problem. In theory it should not matter who is the other person. The officer should (at the very least) treat all others in a civil manner.

    Acting as a bull loose in a china shop only leads to many problems.

    • ” I thought she was a homeless person, but she was a regular person.”
      So I guess he is saying that homeless persons are not ‘regular.’ Sounds like he means ‘less than human,’ not that they need more bran.

    • What it means is he thought she lacked the resources and social standing to do anything to him. Thus confirming how I believed cops to think in general.

    • “I think I screwed up because I thought she was a homeless person, but she was a regular person.”

      Sounds like one of them nazi guys:
      “I think I screwed up because I thought she was a eevull joo, but she was a regyoolah joo .”

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