Illegal strip search and concussion for baggie of marijuana
In Beloit, WI, local police got a call of suspected drug use. An officer found a 16 year old boy in a parked car, with two others. He told the teenager to get out. After patting him down for weapons and drugs, the officer, Kerry Daugherty, saw a bulge in the boy's pants. The officer then ordered the boy to expose himself to check for drugs. Immediately after that, he slammed the teen against the car window, in which the teen suffered a concussion. The cop did this supposedly to "stabilize him", whatever that means exactly.
A small baggie of marijuana was later found. From these facts, a pattern emerges. This cop didn't care at all about the Constitution and due process. First of all, even during Constitutionally suspect Terry Stops, police can only check for weapons on the outside of clothing. Yes, I know, they use that to check for drugs, but they are only supposed to be for drugs.
If the cop did have probable cause for an arrest, which he didn't at that point, than he would have arrested the teenager for a strip search at the police station. I am not sure what the rules that apply for strip searching of minors at even a police station though. So, not only did he engage in an illegal strip search of a minor in public, he than proceeded to slam the teenager's head against a car window, to "stabilize" him.All, for a small baggie of marijuana. I am amazed that the cop didn't charge the teenager with assault on an officer for giving him a sore wrist, when he slammed his head into the window. The teen got a settlement later of over $200,000. Good, being suspected of a crime doesn't give police a right to act like North Korean police.The sad thing about this case is that this cop might have been following Beloit police procedures in some cases. I hope not. See, those who support the drug war, for whatever reason, ignore cases like this. But it is getting harder and harder to sweep these cases of police brutality under the carpet, so to speak. This officer has obvious disdain and contempt for Constitutional rights of suspects. Too many cops are unfortunately, just like this.