Illiterate Cop Arrests Nursing Mother Because He Couldn’t Read a Restraining Order
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Posted 6/27/10 , edited 6/27/10

When Amy Shroff’s ex-boyfriend violated a restraining order by blocking her exit from a police station parking lot with his pickup, the Denver woman thought officers would come to her defense.

Instead, Officer Frank Spellman mistakenly arrested Shroff for violating the restraining order. She ended up spending a night in jail despite pleas that her 4-month-old needed breast milk due to a medical condition that prevented the baby from drinking formula.

Now Denver police are offering up a mea culpa, admitting the officer had no cause to arrest Shroff. And the city of Denver is poised to pay $175,000 [of the taxpayers' money] to settle a federal wrongful arrest lawsuit.

Here’s more detail on the court’s decision. Officer Spellman, who arrested Ms. Shroff, insulted her, forced her to disrobe in order to pump breast milk, and mocked her when she noted that her child would become ill if forced to drink formula, is, as far as I can tell, still with the Denver Police Department. So Spellman, who is apparently functionally illiterate, but no doubt makes at least $70,000 per year as a cop in addition to a huge pension upon retirement at age 50, will continue to inflict his incompetence upon the population that pays his generous salary.

In the details linked above, you can read about how Ms. Shroff said:

“Please don’t do this. I don’t have any way of feeding my child. She’s nursing. She really can’t tolerate formula. We’ve already had her in the pediatrician’s office for these issues in the past . . . [t]here’s something in her digestive system that she just can’t digest it and it would make her sick.”

Officer Spellman replied: “She better start liking formula.”

The baby did in fact become ill thanks to Spellman’s cruelty.
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25 / F / Under your skin.
Posted 6/27/10 , edited 6/27/10
This made me so mad. What a douche.
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Posted 6/27/10 , edited 6/27/10
I would hope the officer's incompetence would have at least some consequences, even if they are not immediately apparent. After all, the human factor aside, he is costing the city a significant chunk of change.

Speaking of chunk of change, another item I find is disturbing is this:

The settlement proposal that the Denver City Council will consider approving Monday would pay Shroff $94,238. The law firm that represented her, Killmer, Lane & Newman LLP, would receive $80,761.

The law firm takes 46% for an out of court settlement?

Back on the original topic, I have seen officers that were very professional; remaining calm even while someone is cussing them out and making what could be interpreted as threatening gestures, and I have also seen those more like this one (and had a personal encounter with one); apparently ill-trained, and willing to threaten anyone that doesn't roll over, even if that person is doing nothing illegal.

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38 / M / Small Wooded town...
Posted 6/27/10 , edited 6/27/10
'As a former military cop, and friends with many cops including half the drug task force in Allegheny county. Those are the dumb ass cops that give us a bad name. We should go back to the 70's and 80's way of dealing with dumb cops who think there above the law.

See in the past cop would jump the argent jack ass of a cop that is making the rest of the cops look bad, and give him a beat down. A nice curb stomping.

Now days cops seem to forget that the stupid ones make the rest of them look bad as well. So they will back their cop brothers/sisters even wen they know he/she is a pile of shit.

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56 / M / Atlanta GA
Posted 6/28/10 , edited 6/29/10
What so hard to believe government being incompetent or somebody not being able to read same thing really.
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