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Mo. Agency Shifts From Holding Cells

July 31, 2012  | 

The Columbia (Mo.) Police Department will soon begin taking more than half of suspects under arrest to the Boone County Jail instead of the police department.

The shift in procedure, set to start sometime next month, will affect most people arrested on suspicion of violating state law, patrol Capt. Brad Nelson said. Those arrested on suspicion of violating municipal law will continue to be booked and processed at police headquarters.

The move is in response to an August incident when former Officer Rob Sanders shoved an inmate in a holding cell. The incident resulted in a civil lawsuit that awarded the inmate, Kenneth Baker, with $250,000 to cover medical expenses. The lawsuit alleged that Baker suffered a compression fracture.

Read the full Columbia Daily Tribune story.

Related:

Mo. Cop Fired Over Excessive Force Fights for Job


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[email protected] @ 7/31/2012 1:40 PM

Another city rolling over for the sheep. Why was Baker in a holding cell? Did he push the Officer? I'll bet this city and department needs to stand behind their Officers and not hang them out to dry. Wonder what Bakers sheet looks like?

Bob @ VA @ 8/1/2012 8:02 AM

I will in no way defend the perp in the cell who was wanted on several felony warrants. Sounds like a typical felonious scumbag.

However, former-Officer Sanders has a history of excessive force. The video of this incident speaks for itself. The prisoner was incapacitated by a previous pepper spraying during his arrest. Sanders assaulted him, causing a fractured vertebra and head injuries, without physical provocation. The perp was then denied medical care for 30 minutes while he lay on the floor of the cell. The officers involved were recorded laughing about the incident during that time. Is that the conduct that the public should expect of its police officers?

The chief is trying to clean up these kinds of problems in that department and took the appropriate action. The chief understands that the public rightly expects a high standard from those to whom they pay to serve and protect. It's a shame that the union sullies the reputation of the overwhelming majority of good officers by defending the aberrant ones like Sanders.

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