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Mich. Deputies Stop Courtroom Brawl

Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff's deputies quickly restored order after family members became disorderly at a sentencing hearing. The brawl erupted after convicted killer Melvin Dalton asked, "What about my justice?" Read the full story here.

May 22, 2012

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Capt David-Ret LA County @ 5/22/2012 6:18 PM

The deputies reacted too soon. Should have let a few family members take a few punches..

Deputy Joe @ 5/22/2012 6:37 PM

Been in the courts for several years now. The deputies involved did a pretty good job of controlling the court room - but our first duty is to protect the judge/clerks/court reporter/DA/defense attorney. Didn't see that happen - judge stayed on the bench during the entire incident. One of us would have hustled her out of the room first thing and come back in to help control the families. I've been involved in this type of incident several times - it's ugly and only gets worse if you don't impose your presence ASAP. The dirt bag was convicted - yet he's asking for 'justice'. I can see where the victim's family would go off on him. His awyer didn't do such a hot job controlling him either.

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/22/2012 7:14 PM

I would like to know what Dalton was sentenced to serve for the murder and the circumstances of the case. Otherwise, the deputies did the best they could with what manpower they had. Overall, everybody was lucky it didn't escalate beyond where it did.

Patrick @ 5/22/2012 8:44 PM

You call that a brawl??? Oh, and the judge never seemed in danger! If there was a REAL brawl, the judge can simply leave.

JimA @ 5/22/2012 9:56 PM

Melvin Dalton had the nerve to ask, "What about MY justice!"? Well, Melvin, if you had gotten "real justice", you would be swinging from a rope. That was a really stupid comment. And you cannot blame the victim's family one bit for that outrage.

jason v @ 5/23/2012 1:56 AM

This video isnt a brawl but it was funny to see the old granny in a wheel chair also get kicked out.

scpdblue @ 5/23/2012 8:02 AM

What a joke, That nappy headed punk should have been taken out back of the court house and place against a wall and shot. That would be justice. BUT our liberal justice system will put this animal in a cage. The taxpayers including the victims family will pay to house,cloth and feed this animal. He will appeal his conviction and cost the taxpayers more money for an appeal trial and this will go on and on.Also if this animal gets injured or sick and needs to be put in a hospital the taxpayers,that includes the victims family will pay the bill. Justice,There is no such thing as in this country.

pwn @ 5/23/2012 1:57 PM

Wow. just from a courthouse security aspect the suspect should have been removed from the courtroom quickly and the judge should have been escorted out until order was restored. I'm surprised that last kid with the finger and the f you's wasn't held in contempt.

TripWire @ 5/24/2012 3:40 PM

Brawl? What Brawl? A few angry words and gestures does not make a brawl, I guess they got me to read the story though. Sometimes I wonder who writes the headlines to these stories.

MTH @ 7/18/2012 3:15 PM

You're right it wasn't a brawl just a shouting match. It was a old man in a wheel chair that was leaving not a granny! As a former Deputy the inmate should have been secured and more deputies in the courtroom as the safety of everyone should have been the priority. Tensions run high in murder cases and these type of events happen often. Who was the black man in the suit who was ushered out? All the shouting and finger pointing was foolish and juvenile.

G.W. Fang @ 8/2/2012 5:18 PM

I've been in court security/Bailiff for over 10 years, and I can't believe the deputies left the defendant ALONE where he was standing...and no deputy between him and the judge! True, it wasn't much of a brawl, but it could have escalated very quickly. It's easy to armchair quarterback this situation after the fact, however, our security team would make sure the judge is escorted out of the courtroom and the defendant would be removed ASAP until order was returned. Small courtrooms like this with such close proximity of the gallery, the bench, and the defendant's table can make for a very bad situation. In closing, all I can say is the court was very lucky the victim's family were mostly a bunch of old, white folks that didn't appear to be used to brawling.

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