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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for police misconduct injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by police miscponduct.

A New Civil Lawsuit is Filed on Behalf of Jenny, a Rape Victim Jailed in Houston, Texas, to Secure her Testimony

Posted on December 12th, 2017

English: Harris County, Texas Annex

English: Harris County, Texas Annex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For 27 days, a mentally ill woman named Jenny was locked up in the general population of Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas, but not for an alleged crime. The Harris County District Attorney’s office at that time allegedly had her placed in jail to secure her testimony in a major rape case. There has since been a law named after Jenny that provides protections against such incidents. A new civil case in connection with this 2015 incident was filed on Monday, December 11, 2017. In this lawsuit, the doctors and hospital that allowed county prosecutors to take her out of the hospital and lock her up are being sued.

The case claims that an inpatient psychiatric patient cannot be simply handed over to individuals who may show up and claim authority to take her into custody. The event that instigated these actions was that then 26-year-old Jenny had a mental breakdown when testifying against her rapist. She was taken to a unit of St. Joseph Medical Center and diagnosed with suicidal ideation and psychosis. Fearing that she wouldn’t show up again in the case, prosecutors had an attachment order filed against Jenny, to lock her up in the interim.

The new lawsuit claims that Jenny’s rights were treated with callous or reckless indifference and that she was unlawfully transferred to the Harris County Jail. While Jenny was locked up, she allegedly did not get her medications regularly and she was attacked by another prisoner. The further claim is that Jenny’s experience with the county has been traumatic, causing possibly irreparable damage.

The rapist Jenny eventually testified against is now serving two life sentences.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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A Man in Oklahoma City is Killed in an Alleged Police Shooting

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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On Sunday evening, December 10, 2017, in southeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a man died after an alleged officer-involved shooting. An officer had responded to a call about a man lying in the grass at the intersection of Mackleman Drive and Southeast 59th Street. The man was later identified as 28-year-old Kyle Anthony Mihecoby. The female officer who went to the scene later reported that the man was not cooperating with her. According to Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Bo Matthews, at that time, the police officer used pepper spray on Mihecoby. Then he reportedly punched her in the face. An altercation followed, during which the officer’s Taser was reportedly taken from her. Mihecoby then allegedly tried to use the Taser on the officer. The police officer then allegedly fired her handgun. Mihecoby was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries to her hands and face. Nothing further has been published on this alleged fatal police shooting, but there will be an investigation into the incident. There was no mention of whether there was a body cam on the police officer when the shooting occurred, to provide evidence of what happened.

In Texas, anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, there is an investigation by the Texas Rangers. In 2015, the Texas Rangers investigated 3,224 incidents total, which includes various categories, in addition to officer-involved fatalities. A total of 1,820 convictions came out of those investigations, resulting in one death sentence, 42 life sentences, and 9,580 years in prison time.

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Prisoner Dies After Being in Custody of the Colorado County, Texas Sheriff’s Department

Posted on December 8th, 2017

Alejandro Morales, Jr., 48 years of age, died on or about November 1, 2017 after being in the custody of the Colorado County, Texas Sheriff’s Department.  Information in this post was obtained from a custodial death report filed by that sheriff’s office with the Attorney General of Texas.  The report provides very little information regarding Mr. Morales’ death.  Mr. Morales was 48 years old at the time.  The report indicates that Mr. Morales asked that his blood pressure be checked.  Local EMS then appeared at the jail to assist, and a decision was made to transfer Mr. Morales to an emergency room at a local hospital.  During transport, Mr. Morales experienced complications.  He ultimately passed away at the hospital.

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Man Dies in the Custody of the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office After Being Arrested by the Texarkana, Texas Police Department

Posted on December 8th, 2017

The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office filed with the Attorney General of Texas a custodial death report regarding the death of Juan Jose Cordova-Sanchez.  Mr. Cordova-Sanchez was 26 years old at the time of his death which, according to the report, occurred on November 18, 2017.  Information in this post was obtained from that report, and we make no allegation of any wrongdoing against anyone.  Instead, we are simply providing information.

The Texarkana, Texas Police Department allegedly attempted to stop a Chevrolet Tahoe being operated by Mr. Cordova-Sanchez.  Mr. Cordova-Sanchez allegedly led law enforcement officers on a low-speed pursuit that ended in front of the Bi-State Justice Center.  Texarkana Police Department officers arrested Mr. Cordova-Sanchez for suspicion of DWI.  They ultimately escorted Mr. Cordova-Sanchez into the jail, and Mr. Cordova-Sanchez allegedly resisted being arrested and/or being transported on one or more occasions.  He was sprayed twice with pepper spray.  Mr. Cordova-Sanchez told one or more police officers that someone had put something into his margarita and/or he was made to take drugs.   Mr. Cordova-Sanchez became unresponsive when four jail personnel were involved in restraining him, and Mr. Cordova-Sanchez was ultimately transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center (where he passed away).

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A Former Mesquite, Texas, Police Officer is Charged with a Crime in the Alleged Shooting of Lyndo Jones

Posted on December 8th, 2017

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On November 8, 2017, Lyndo Jones, a 31-year-old black man, was accosted by police in Mesquite, Texas, as he was trying to shut off the malfunctioning alarm in his vehicle. Reportedly, within 10 seconds of the arrival of the police, Jones was allegedly shot in the stomach by a black officer. He was then tased as he was lying there. The officers allegedly tried to conduct a cavity search, and Jones was then shot in the back. Initially, Jones, who has survived the alleged police shooting, was charged with evading arrest; but that charge was dropped. On December 7, 2017, it was reported that the officer involved in the shooting has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant. The officer turned himself in and has since been released on a $300,000 bond.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has declined to share or describe the body camera footage of the incident.

The charges that the officer faces for the alleged police shooting of Jones carries a sentence of between 5 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Johnson said the maximum sentence in the case is being pursued.

The officer who has been charged was fired in November for violating the policies of the police department. Charlie Cato, Mesquite Police Chief, did not specify which policies may have been violated, but he did say the officer involved had been with the Mesquite Police Department for more than nine years.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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