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Lone Oak, TX

#1 Jan 3, 2011
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Lone Oak, TX

#2 Jan 3, 2011
Man claims false arrest in lawsuit against Sulphur Springs
6/22/2010 10:55 AM By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau

TEXARKANA-A Hopkins County resident has filed a lawsuit arguing that he was falsely arrested and incarcerated after a confidential informant lied to police.

Donald Ballowe filed suit against the city of Sulphur Springs, Police Chief Jim Bayuk, police officers Ron Plaxco and Harold McClure, Hopkins County, Sheriff Butch Adams, Deputy Tony Crouse and paid informant Leigh Smith.

The lawsuit was filed June 10 in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division.

According to court records, Ballowe claims he was falsely accused of participating in an illegal drug transaction on Oct. 8, 2009. The alleged transaction was captured on video and audio tape.

Ballowe states that he was in Vancouver, Wash., at the time of the incident and that police officers would have known he was not on the tape if they had looked at it.

He claims that the paid confidential informant routinely lied to police, and was lying when she told police Ballowe sold her drugs.

Ballowe turned himself in as soon as he learned of the indictment. He was released on bail and the charges were dismissed on April 22.

The plaintiff states that no action was taken against the individual officers or the informant and by the lack of action their misconduct was acquiesced in and ratified.

The plaintiff is seeking compensatory damages for mental pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of liberty, damage to reputation and punitive damages, plus interest, attorney fees and court costs.

Ballowe is represented by Nacogdoches attorney Curtis B. Stuckey of Stuckey, Garrigan & Castetter Law Offices. Jury trial requested.

U.S. District Judge David Folsom is assigned to the case.

Case No. 5:10cv00104

http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/227759-man-...
Wondering

Cumby, TX

#3 Apr 30, 2011
Why is this stuff kept so quiet, especially in Hopkins County??
GoodQuestion

Cumby, TX

#4 May 27, 2011
Good Question, Wondering...that's exactly what I was wondering!!!
GoodQuestion

Cumby, TX

#5 May 27, 2011
I never seen it in the Sulphur Springs News Telegram...did anyone else and if so, please post the link.
GoodQuestion

Cumby, TX

#6 May 27, 2011
Sulphur Springs PD likes to keep alot of things "quiet", don't cha know???
Just a wondering

Cumby, TX

#7 Jul 2, 2011
Anybody ever read this in any local papers in this area?? what about the Greenville Herald Banner?
NoJusticeAsUsual

Lone Oak, TX

#8 May 28, 2012
Does anyone know how much the settlement was that Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County had to pay this man (Donald Ballowe) for their stupidity??
heartandmind

Europe

#9 May 29, 2012
does anyone know of the outcome of the trial or was there an out of court settlement?
CumbytelBAD4all

Gainesville, TX

#10 May 30, 2012
If the public only knew the HALF of what goes on at the HCSO there would be scandals a plenty.

Did you know until recently, when the SO or Cumby PD had someone pulled over, when they would run someone's DL or "27", the DISPATCHER would advise the officer if the person being run had a criminal record or "43".

In effect, the DISPATCHER supplied the officer with so called "reasonable suspicion" for a search when none existed beforehand. Now the officers remember to ask when they have no other reason to jack someone up.

Police officers should be sworn to uphold the Constitution as well as the laws of the city, county, and state.

That damn constitution is just a hinderance for law enforcment. Not hard to tell by listening the difference between "Peace officers" and "Pigs".

The day of the Peace Officer is LONG gone!
CumbytelBAD4all

Gainesville, TX

#11 May 30, 2012
Don't get me wrong. I am all in favor of getting the scum off the streets but there is a way to do it legally. I am DEAD against the tactics used by the police to goat someone into forfeiting his/her's 4th amendment rights.

The police, everyday STOMP on the Bill of Rights like it just doesn't exist.

That I have a BIG problem with.
Local Dude

Fort Worth, TX

#12 May 30, 2012
Actually it is not uncommon for an officer to ask a dispatcher for the 27, 28 and 29 (vehicle registration history, insurance status and reported criminal history) on any car he pulls over, as the officer usually would have no idea who is behind the wheel and whether the apparent driver is known to have previous problems with law enforcement or a violent criminal history.
This is not "stomping" on the Constitution, it is regular practice for the officer's safety.
CumbytelBAD4all

Gainesville, TX

#13 May 30, 2012
Don't give me that. You are not going to make me believe that if the officer runs the "subject"(dare they not call them people) and they see a petty weed arrest from 15 years ago, they are going to say for my protection and yours "got any weed in the car"..."mind if I look?". They are definately not going to pass up the opportunity dig through your car. ANY excuse they can find!!! "Reason I pulled you over is because your license plate light is out, mind stepping out of the car?"

You can drive from Greenville to the 101 exit any given day and see 3 or 4 cars pulled over. Every driver is black or latino, and standing in the ditch while you see nothing but a khaki colored hiney sticking out of the door. Officer safety my foot!

I'm no bleeding heart liberal by any stretch of the imagination. But don't you find it odd that police nowdays are not looked up to by the general public? They don't care what the citizens think of them any more. Most of them, especially these gung ho rookies are just out to make a name for themselves. To be able to stand in the TV shot with a table full of dope and will do anything to get it. I think that an officer should not be allowed to have any visible tattoos. Makes them look like thugs.
Local Dude

Royse City, TX

#14 May 30, 2012
OK, but that's not what I said. You expressed apparent shock that a dispatcher would provide someone's history when the officer asked for the license information. I responded that it is common practice, as far as I am aware, for all of the information to be asked for and given, as the officer doesn't know who or what is waiting for him inside whatever vehicle he pulls over. And, while you may know many people who do not have respect for law enforcement, most of the people I know do still have that respect. And, I am going to assume that, whether they have respect for the officers or not, just about everyone will call 911 if their lives or property are threatened.
clarification

Forney, TX

#15 May 30, 2012
Local Dude wrote:
Actually it is not uncommon for an officer to ask a dispatcher for the 27, 28 and 29 (vehicle registration history, insurance status and reported criminal history) on any car he pulls over, as the officer usually would have no idea who is behind the wheel and whether the apparent driver is known to have previous problems with law enforcement or a violent criminal history.
This is not "stomping" on the Constitution, it is regular practice for the officer's safety.
10-27=DL check
10-28=vehicle registration check
10-29=wanted (warrant) check
10-43=criminal history check
10-98=affirmative criminal history on subject
No 10-97=negative criminal history on subject
clarification

Forney, TX

#16 May 30, 2012
CumbytelBAD4all wrote:
Don't give me that. You are not going to make me believe that if the officer runs the "subject"(dare they not call them people) and they see a petty weed arrest from 15 years ago, they are going to say for my protection and yours "got any weed in the car"..."mind if I look?". They are definately not going to pass up the opportunity dig through your car. ANY excuse they can find!!! "Reason I pulled you over is because your license plate light is out, mind stepping out of the car?"

You can drive from Greenville to the 101 exit any given day and see 3 or 4 cars pulled over. Every driver is black or latino, and standing in the ditch while you see nothing but a khaki colored hiney sticking out of the door. Officer safety my foot!

I'm no bleeding heart liberal by any stretch of the imagination. But don't you find it odd that police nowdays are not looked up to by the general public? They don't care what the citizens think of them any more. Most of them, especially these gung ho rookies are just out to make a name for themselves. To be able to stand in the TV shot with a table full of dope and will do anything to get it. I think that an officer should not be allowed to have any visible tattoos. Makes them look like thugs.
Are you a former or current PO?
clarification

Forney, TX

#17 May 30, 2012
Local Dude wrote:
OK, but that's not what I said. You expressed apparent shock that a dispatcher would provide someone's history when the officer asked for the license information. I responded that it is common practice, as far as I am aware, for all of the information to be asked for and given, as the officer doesn't know who or what is waiting for him inside whatever vehicle he pulls over. And, while you may know many people who do not have respect for law enforcement, most of the people I know do still have that respect. And, I am going to assume that, whether they have respect for the officers or not, just about everyone will call 911 if their lives or property are threatened.
Well said...everyone hates the police until they need them, then they complain how long it took them to respond.
CumbytelBAD4all

Gainesville, TX

#18 May 30, 2012
clarification wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said...everyone hates the police until they need them, then they complain how long it took them to respond.
1st reply: No

And why does it take so long? Good question. Maybe if they were patrolling instead of jacking up minorities they might get there a little bit quicker.

The police don't STOMP on the Constitution daily??? What about the Stop and Frisk policy in NYC? Case & point...debate over about the Constitution. Bloomberg and Co. will be lucky if they don't end up in jail for that, and deservedly so.

If you're wondering about my ethnicity...I live in Cumby.
Local Dude

Fort Worth, TX

#19 May 31, 2012
Cumby, I wasn't personally wondering about your ethnicity, but more about why you have such an anti-law enforcement attitude.
Granted, there are both good and bad officers, as is the case with any profession. But I'd like to think that most of the people around here realize that the vast, vast majority of law enforcement personnel are dedicated professionals, doing the best they can and often risking their lives while dealing with limited numbers of their own as they tackle an ever increasing number of individuals and organizations who insist on disregarding the laws the rest of us choose to live by.
P.S., thanks clarification for the clarification. I was a little rusty on the specifics of the codes.
NoJusticeAsUsual

Cumby, TX

#20 Jun 2, 2012
heartandmind wrote:
does anyone know of the outcome of the trial or was there an out of court settlement?
Yes, Pacer's website, shows there was a settlement, but doesn't show the amount. Guess a person could find out through an open record request.

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