Articles Tagged: assault

Pocatello Idaho Police misconduct, excessive force and suppression

July 24th, 2015 | By Pirate

Unfortunately for the fine citizens of Pocatello Idaho, the police force is at it again with violating people’s rights for victimless “crimes”.  In this case, they violated a man’s rights for absolutely no reason, accusing him of #1.  Having a knife (that he didn’t have, and that is NOT illegal to have), and #2, Trespassing on public property.

Neither one of these charges are truly “crimes”, and the only people resisting and causing disorder are the police (of course).

But yet they smashed this guy’s face, kidnapped him, and put him in jail with a potential concussion after he did NOTHING WRONG.

The charges against this man are said to be “still pending”, but at very least they have charged Detective Steven Westfall with unlawful assault.   A charge that I am sure will be swept away by the prosecutor who will potentially put this man on trial, but will likely no present a good case against him for the jurors.   The thin blue line is not to be crossed!  Not even by prosecutors.


POCATELLO — City police Detective Steven Westfall is facing a misdemeanor criminal charge of unnecessary assault by a police officer and administrative review following a July 10 scuffle with a Pocatello man who was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest after police were called to a disturbance call at a Pocatello residence.  (courtesy of Idaho State Journal)

Detective Steven Westfall Pocatello Police

Detective Steven Westfall Pocatello Police

The information on this case is lacking.  Police have failed to release the name of the suspect who’s rights were violated by Pocatello Police that fateful day.

When asked in the police media conference, Chief Marchand refused to give the name of the suspect.

But this is the police incident report for that week;

I have personally sent in a public records request to Pocatello PD to learn more about this case.  Ref;

Pocatello Police Records Request Detective Westfall

Pocatello Police Records Request Detective Westfall

This is the dashcam video of the event;


This is a video released by Clovis Star (our print media source) about Pocatello Police Misconduct;



But the police assure us that they are investigating themselves.

We are investigating ourselves - Chief Marchand

We are investigating ourselves – Chief Marchand


June 11th, 2015 | By Pirate

On February 16th 2015 A man gets charges for defending his family in Pocatello Idaho, when he is attacked at his home by another man. Ryan Thompson was assaulted in his home after telling a family member to stay away. The person who assaulted Ryan came into his home, grabbed him, and choked him, but not before stepping on Ryan’s three (3) year old son hurting him badly. When Ryan called the police to report the incident, the police asked Ryan if he would like to file battery charges. Ryan declined saying “it’s family”. After the police officer left, Ryan wrote the family member and asked him to stay away from his house, and advised the perpetrator that if he still wanted to fight, that Ryan would meet him in the boxing ring, rather than the perpetrator coming to Ryan’s house to assault his family. The perpetrator then called the police to report Ryan for the message. When the police officer called Ryan to talk about the message. Ryan then decided to press charges for the assault the previous day. The police officer said that if Ryan filed charges, that Ryan would also get charges. Ryan decided to file charges to put an end to the harassment by this family. Ryan now is facing a misdemeanor for “disorderly conduct” for offering a different location to fight. Listening to the police interview of Ryan, the police advised Ryan that “offering to box is NOT a crime”. However, that changed the next day, when Ryan was charged with a crime for sending a facebook message. This case has two implications. 1. That a person can not defend themselves, not even in their own home 2. That sending a message on social media to offer a sporting event is crime A person should be able to defend themselves in their own home, and a facebook message about boxing should not violate any laws. Ryan Thompson’s first amendment rights have been violated, and Ryan eventually sold his home at a $30,000 loss to leave the town where police insist on creating crimes out of self defense. Ryan needs to fight the charges waged against him, and then Ryan needs to speak to a civil rights attorney about a case against the city of Pocatello Idaho, for failing to protect and serve, and for violating Ryan’s civil rights. Ryan left his home and moved his family 2600 miles across the country fearing more retaliation by the Police and by the perpetrator that assaulted his family. See this video which has a conversation between Ryan and his Public Defender, and then the interview between Ryan and the Police and the perpetrator and the police.

On a side note, the persecutor offered Ryan a “deal” but Ryan intends to take this case to court, in order to protect civil liberties rather than just avoiding penalties. The extortion that the prosecutor offered is basically “give us money, and this all goes away”. Ryan refused the offer based on principle.

Ryan is disabled from a car accident that almost killed him in May of 2013, where the drunk driver that hit him died, and Ryan has been rebuilt with titanium implants in his leg and ankle, and his should has been rebuilt with fiberwire and a rotator cuff repair.  Ryan has been unemployed since the accident two years ago and has a family of 6.
Ryan Thompson is raising $3500 for his defense fund;