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civil suit, justice against the innocent
03 Aug 2001
After being acquitted, I am being sued
It all started in September of 2000, I was out with a friend and his friends. We were celebrating someones birthday ( i didn't know who). We went to a local bar and had a good time, I was weary about staying out late, as my girlfriend told me hanging around these guys was bad news. I knew it in the back of my mind but all I could think about was what a good little boy I had been and needed to do something exciting.
As I coerced everyone it was time to leave, I could tell something bad was about to happen.
My friend Ben had just vomited on the bar, so I managed to get him outside. When I went inside to clean up the mess, I noticed he was talking to a man in a parked car. I cleaned up fast and went outside.
Ben had asked the guy for a ride, the man declined as he was waiting for his laundry to dry.
The other people we were with were skinheads and looking for a fight. I knew one or two of them from school, I used to get in fights with them about diversity and racial issues. Didn't get anywhere but it always helped me to recognize some peoples shortcomings.
Yet I digress. So this small kid begins kicking the mans car, Ben backed up and I said to stop. They all(about 4 of them) started kicking his car and howling etc...
I told Ben I was leaving and he should come with me, naturally Ben is an impressionable child(24), so I removed myself from the situation. A comment on that: I have learned from years of experiance to remove yourself when you know you can't stop something like that, and I was trying to stop getting in trouble(it follows me to this day.))
As I walked accross the street, I stopped to watch in disbelief as the man drove in reverse to a pay phone 100 yards away and call the police(that wasn't the horrible part yet.)
This big ox of a guy Mike ran up to the man (Robert E.) and asked him if he was calling the cops, Robert said yes and Mike hit him in the face, I screamed for them to stop, they gathered around and started kicking him as he screamed " HELP MEEEEE!"
Then everyone started to run away right as I came over to help and as the cops showed up. I panicked and ran, after I said I was sorry. The cops arrested me and naturally they had witnesses who swear I did it and I was booked.
I was a smart ass in jail, when I was taken from the cruiser we were approached by another cop, who asked if everything was ok, I said no and that I wanted to file a complaint against the officer for abuse, wrongful arrest and for not letting me wear a seatbelt as he was speeding down backstreets w/ me in the back, and everytime he pulled a tight turn I would go flying accross the car.
Once the cops heard me say this they each took an arm and lifted me in the air and walked me towards a hallway with a locked door at the end. As one fumbled for the keyes the other one held my face against the wall and kept kneeing me saying I wasn't in Kansas anymore.
If they had gotten the back door to the booking cell opened I might be a little ugglier and talk really funny with no teeth.
At anyrate, I was proccessed and my girlfriend showed up with the old I told you so routine.
As I left Officer Dillion said I could get myself out of this mess If I just told him who was there. I said " Am I free to go?"" he said yes, then I replied" I offered to tell you that when you arrested me, and you threw me against the ground and called me a scumbag fuckface! You are truly without scruples." And we left.
So judgement day came, I was acquitted of simple assault and convicted of resisting detention.
After court I approached Robert and apologized for not being able to stop the melee, and hoped he sought satisfaction.
That was four months ago, I stay out of trouble, help to get people interested in politics, Ralph Nader and the environment( I am a cable guy, I get to talk to alot of people every day about all sorts of issues)
Then tonight I got a letter from an attorney saying to submit this letter to my homeowners insurance b/c they are intending to file suit for the damages to Robert.
The real point to this ill written letter is, can anyone give me some good legal advice, I don't own a house, I have a 3 year old son, a lot of bills and the ability to give anyone who helps me free cable.
Thanx AJAX
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