'Disorderly Conduct' Meets Abusive Conduct

Saturday, August 8, 2009

She and her fiance (now husband) were unpacking their car. Her dog was sitting across the street, outside the door of their apartment building.

A police canine officer with his dog on a leash encountered the woman's unleashed dog. The two dogs snarled and growled but didn't engage in a physical fight. The woman ran and got control of her dog. The officer told her it was against the law to have her dog unleashed, and he asked for her identification.

She said it was inside the apartment. He told her to get it. She took her dog inside, left it there, and returned with her identification.

She and the officer got into a heated exchange. The officer ordered her to sit on the steps of the building entrance. She refused. He arrested her for disorderly conduct, cited her for having her dog unleashed, handcuffed her, escorted her to the curb and had her sit down until a transport vehicle arrived.

She was taken to the police station and released after electing to "post and forfeit" $50 collateral for disorderly conduct and an unleashed-dog charge.


He and two friends were in line to enter a restaurant and bar around 1:45 a.m. He made a comment to a friend about a police officer holding and drinking out of a "keg cup."

The officer responded to the comment with the question, "What the [expletive] did you say to me?" The man didn't respond. The officer approached him, physically restraining him from behind, saying, "Hey, you [expletive] punk," and then, "you are a [expletive] punk and you're under arrest."

The officer led him around the corner to a squad car, directed the arrested man's friends to remove his shoelaces and belt. The officer removed $25 from the man's wallet, informing him that it was for bail.

The officer took the man to the police station where he was fingerprinted and photographed. The officer paid $25 bail with the money he took from the man, telling him that by paying the fine, he was admitting guilt to disorderly conduct. The man was released at 4:30 a.m.


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