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)
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.
But this is the police incident report for that week; http://local.nixle.com/alert/5451023/
I have personally sent in a public records request to Pocatello PD to learn more about this case. Ref;
This is the dashcam video of the event;
This is a video released by Clovis Star (our print media source) about Pocatello Police Misconduct;