Man Sues Georgetown, Police For Brutality

Jun 10, 2007 Full story: KXAN-TV 7

“I think law enforcement has a tough job, and a lot my law enforcement friends have said, 'Don't let this stand,' and 'We don't need people like this in our business,'”

Mark Shelton of Rockdale said two Georgetown police officers beat him during an arrest over a disputed traffic ticket, and he's decided to sue the city, its police chief and the two officers involved in the ... via KXAN-TV

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Devils Advocate

United States

#1 Jun 12, 2007
According to the website judicialsearch.wilco.org , it doesn't appear that Mr. Shelton is quite the angel he makes himself out to be.
An interesting read. Looks like he just doesnt like paying those tickets he gets (or staying off people's property for that matter)
Jamie Shelton

United States

#2 Mar 27, 2008
If you care to read a little further you'll notice the trespassing case was dismissed and Mr. Shelton was found Not Guilty of resisting arrest in two separate jury trials....in Williamson County.....with two police officer's very conflicting testimonies. As a matter of fact he had contested the ticket which was confirmed when he received a notice of court date after the invalid arrest warrant was issued. Feel free to contact me should you like to know the facts before passing judgement. Mr Shelton never claimed to be an angel----he has always accepted the consequences of his behavior. We live in America---where a man has the freedom to sleep in his own bedroom without peace officers entering his home and bedroom illegally and beating him. We don't expect our peace officers to be angels. The vast majorities are honorable men and women and the bad ones need to be held accountable for their behavior.
Simon Goodall

United States

#3 Mar 6, 2009
Mr. Shelton is clearly a person who suffers from greed and an inability to accept responsiblity in his life, his sole purpose is to get money. Yes he has had contact with the police in the past, crazy how others go there whole life without the reputation of criminals or being mentally unstable. If it really is just about justice then announce and promise that any funds from the lawsuit he filed will be given to charity, for example the victims of domestic violence. It he did that I would believe him, if not its just about the money, and Jaime must thing she will get a share.
Jamie Shelton

United States

#4 Mar 10, 2009
Please note the date of the civil rights violation trial, April 27, 2009. This will be in the Federal Courthouse in Austin. I hope you will plan to attend and learn the facts about Mark--his charitable contributions, respect of peace officers and the actions of two Georgetown police officers.
TxnByBrth

Georgetown, TX

#5 Apr 26, 2009
There's more to both sides than meet the eye...as it always is when there is conflict. There are many fine officers in the Georgetown Police Department...and there's always one or two bad officers who subject the rest to closer scrutiny. Each should be weighed on its own merits. Simply going to a site and learning of Mr. Shelton's other brushes with the law may not be what it appears to be. The events that led up to each event are reported, for the most part, by the officer involved. Perspectives are different enough but an officer is in a position to "spin" the facts to fit his perception...and the focus of the arrest has their perception that will almost always differ from the officer...and that, my friends is why we have courts. Forming preconclusions without a review of all the "facts"...and not just opinions of those involved...is very important in reaching a fair conclusion.

Even though Mr. Shelton has had previous "experiences" with law enforcement, no one should be surprised to learn the officer involved and named in this litigation also has previous questionable experiences, some reported by those involved...and some not. It is what it is and when it's all said and done, justice might be served yet it might not be...
Darrin

Virgie, KY

#6 Nov 10, 2009
break laws and the police might show up. fight the cops and you might get your ass kicked. Just give this guy a free copy of "how not to get your ass kicked by the police" by chris rock. funny but very true.
Mario Barcenas

Georgetown, TX

#7 Feb 1, 2011
I was wondering if anyone can give me contact info for Mr.Shelton. I would like to talk to him about possibly joining a class action lawsuit against GPD and Officer Shelly. I'm in the process of contacting other persons who have had problems with her using excessive force.

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