Police Accountability Report: Episode 72 – LRN.fm

This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.

Story 1
Bledsoe County Sheriff Arrested After Early Morning Incident

An East Tennessee sheriff is facing charges following his arrest at a restaurant last weekend.

Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris is charged with disorderly conduct. Police arrested him early Sunday morning at the Dunlap Huddle House in Sequatchie County.

The restaurant manager said he got a call from his employees at about 3 a.m. Sunday saying the sheriff was in a fight in the parking lot with several other men and women.

But, the arrest report doesn’t describe a fight. It only says Morris was taken away in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct. His arrest has caused a lot of buzz.

“I mean he’s an authority figure. He could actually have called dispatch down here and said ‘hey, there’s a guy causing an issue,'” said Chris Cross, the Huddle House manager.

Of course, one plausible explanation for why he would not do so is that he could have been the person causing an issue.

Sheriff Morris bonded out of jail shortly after he was booked Sunday morning. Apparently after he was released, Morris went back to the restaurant for breakfast.

He’s due in court next month.

Story 2
Off-duty Memphis Police Officer Arrested on DUI Charge

An off-duty Memphis Police officer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving earlier this month.

Ryan Mendoza, 27, was charged after an early morning accident on Interstate 40 near Appling Road.

Just before 3:30 a.m., responding officers found a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 on the Appling off-ramp. Although the vehicle appeared to have been involved in a crash, no driver was found in the area.

Checking tags, police discovered that it belonged to Mendoza. They found him at his house, where he appeared to be intoxicated, police said.
According to officers, Mendoza admitted driving the vehicle.

Mendoza, assigned to the Old Allen Station, has been with the department since July 2007. He has been suspended with pay while the incident is investigated.

Story 3
Manhattan cop busted for shoplifting on Black Friday

Another police officer was arrested for allegedly finding the best Black Friday deal in town — a five finger discount.

Jenny Mendez, 28, of the Midtown North Precinct was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property after she allegedly shoplifted from a Midtown Manhattan store.

Cops said Mendez has been suspended without pay.

Story 4
Charles City Police Officer Under Investigation

In other news, a northeast Iowa police officer is charged with misconduct in office.

Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud filed a criminal complaint against Charles City Police Officer Todd Smith in Floyd County District Court, claiming he failed to perform his duties when he had reason to believe a sexual assault occurred and charged him with non-felonious misconduct in office which is a serious misdemeanor.

The complaint says Smith was on duty on July 14th of this year when he responded to a report of forced rape. The victim told Smith the rape took place a couple of hours earlier, described her injuries and showed Smith the bruises.

Smith allegedly expressed doubt that those injuries were caused recently and told the victim that “if there was sex, it was her fault because she had been drinking” and that discouraged her from making any further report.

According to the report, Smith “actively interfered with his own duty to investigate the allegations.”

Smith is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.
Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.