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    Councilwoman Jolanda Jones is accused of interfering with police officers conducting an arrest last week outside a Third Ward gas station, according to a Houston Police Department report obtained by the Houston Chronicle.

    Jones denied that characterization Friday, saying that officers rebuffed her when she tried to question them after the arrest of a 25-year-old man. Police said later he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for marijuana possession.

    Jones is a criminal defense attorney who joined the City Council in January.

    The officers' report to police department supervisors said that Jones arrived at the gas station on the evening of Aug. 1, while officers were arresting a suspect, and patting down two other passengers in a car.

    Jones walked up to the officers, began questioning their tactics and became "irate, angry and hostile," the report said. She "refused to listen to reason, continued to interfere and threatened the officers with lawsuits," it continued.

    "That's a lie, I never threatened anybody with lawsuits," Jones said. "I saw what I believed to be a civil rights violation."

    Jones said she was returning from a political event that night. A friend dropped her off near her home, and she joined a crowd that had gravitated toward flashing police lights at the Chevron station on the corner of Southmore Boulevard and Dowling Street.

    "There are gunshots in my neighborhood all the time, people get killed in my neighborhood all the time, so I wanted to know what was going on," Jones said.

    She said she saw a man pumping gas, and then police arrested him, handcuffed him, and put him in a patrol car. The other passengers, two teenage siblings, were briefly frisked but later released, and the car's trunk was searched, Jones said.

    "Based on my training, there was no probable cause for them to search that trunk," Jones said.


    Jones took pictures of the scene and then approached the officers. She tried to give an officer her City Council business card, and offered to be a witness. The officers would not take her card, she said. She also asked them why they had frisked the teenagers and why they had searched the trunk.

    Photographed police cars
    Jones said she asked for the officers' badge numbers, but they refused to give her the information, so she used her camera to take photographs of the patrol cars.


    One officer told her to leave the scene because she was impeding an investigation, but Jones did not leave until after she finished photographing the cars, she said. She also said the scene was over, and officers were "laughing and jawing" with each other and bystanders.

    Jones said the officers were wrong to refuse her offer to be a witness.

    "That's what HPD is terrible about, getting witnesses," Jones said.

    "They don't put witnesses in the report because they don't anybody to see what they do.

    "They are trying to cover their butt, they are trying to create probable cause," she added.

    Gary Blankinship, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, said, "I'm not impressed with either her conduct or allegations.

    "It seems as if she injected herself into a situation without knowing any of the facts, made assumptions that were false and then was critical of officers who were doing their jobs," he added. "'Interfering with police officers in the execution of an arrest creates an unsafe situation for officers out there."

    Jones said she called Police Chief Harold Hurtt afterward and talked with him about filing a complaint through the Internal Affairs Division. Hurtt said he would look into it, Jones said, but she has been busy with her law work this week and hasn't spoken with his staff yet.

    Police officials released a statement Friday about the incident. It said, in part: "There are laws that prevent citizens from interfering with police officers performing their duties. These laws are essential to allow officers to do their jobs."

    The statement also said there are laws that allow people to address and report violations of rights by the police. "The Houston Police Department will enforce all of those laws impartially," the statement read.

    The Harris County District Attorney's Office would not comment on whether it is investigating Jones for possibly obstructing police.


    http://www.chron.com/disp/discuss.mp...o/5933162.html
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  • #2
    A small-time politician/lawyer stirring stuff up. Go figure.

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    • #3
      They are exactly right. People interjecting themselves into situations that are NONE of their business. She walked to the scene of an incident that was none of her business, that she had no involvement in, only in hopes of stirring up controversy. She showed up at the end and based on her observations from afar determined they had no PC to search the trunk or other passengers??? What a freakin idiot!!! I hope they charge her and throw her in jail, that's insane. Not very professional conduct for a member of their city council either.
      “Any police officer, our sworn duty, our obligation to our society, is to try our best to protect their lives and property. If we can’t protect our own lives, we don’t have any business trying to protect anybody else’s lives.”

      “There are not any second place winners in a gunfight. There is a winner. And a funeral.”

      “When you get in a gunfight and you draw and miss, it’s a little late to start making excuses.”

      Lt. Dan Combs, Oklahoma Highway Patrol (1970)

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      • #4
        Jones took pictures of the scene and then approached the officers. She tried to give an officer her City Council business card, and offered to be a witness.
        Wow, what a pathetic wannabe! She wants to be a witness? To what? Warrant service?!?

        What a goober. She just got a little hot 'n' bothered by those pretty lights, and wanted to "be a part of it."
        If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

        ---Jack Handey

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        • #5
          The officers violated the civil rights by arresting someone with a warrant
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          -Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
          -PERSEVERANCE IS TRYING AGAIN AND AGAIN.


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          • #6
            She sounds like a real winner, I believe it said she is a lawyer, I like how she got all of the facts before coming to a conclusion. Very nice job!

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            • #7
              Does "diplomatic immunity" extend to councilwomen in Texas? Members of city councils even in CA are subject to arrest for interfering with officers in the performance of their duties.
              "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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              • #8
                "Based on my training, there was no probable cause for them to search that trunk," Jones said.
                Maybe there was no probable cause. Maybe there was something called... umm... what is it again? It's right on the tip of my tongue...



                Oh yeah! CONSENT!
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                • #9
                  I let them watch -- they have the right to -- and I let them talk -- again, they have the right -- but I don't feel obligated to talk to them except as may be necessary, and I don't let them interfere; I'm not answerable to anyone that doesn't have lawful authority equal to or superior to mine in the situation.

                  "As soon as I get done locking this pooch up, I'll be glad to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. In the meantime, you'll please stand aside. No? Well now you're hereby lawfully commanded to refrain from interfering. No? Well isn't it just so nice that I have another set of M100s."

                  The lawyer gal was "rebuffed"! Oh no -- let's have a press conference. I hope the guy gets a commendation.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Guams View Post
                    Maybe there was no probable cause. Maybe there was something called... umm... what is it again? It's right on the tip of my tongue...



                    Oh yeah! CONSENT!
                    Durn, I thought you were going to say "inventory".
                    “We don't disagree, you are wrong. Until you have a clue what you are talking about we can't disagree.” - cgh6366

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                    • #11
                      If she thought it was an unlawful arrest, she should have kept her mouth shut, handed the suspect a business card, and took it to court. She would have been way better off.
                      The Red, Bold, Italic is my official sarcasm tag.



                      "I think many years ago an advanced civilization intervened with us genetically and gave us just enough intelligence to develop dangerous technology but not enough to use it wisely. Then they sat back to watch the fun. Kind of like a human zoo. And you know what? They're getting their money's worth"
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TheKansan View Post
                        The officers violated the civil rights by arresting someone with a warrant
                        EXACTLY!!!!



                        The red bold italic is my official sarcasm tag.
                        The Red, Bold, Italic is my official sarcasm tag.



                        "I think many years ago an advanced civilization intervened with us genetically and gave us just enough intelligence to develop dangerous technology but not enough to use it wisely. Then they sat back to watch the fun. Kind of like a human zoo. And you know what? They're getting their money's worth"
                        George Carlin

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                        • #13
                          Let me get this straight. The officers violated someones civil rights by arresting them on a warrant? I mean, if a judge signed it then its good as gold. Remind me not to hire ms. jones if I ever need an attorney.
                          Last edited by DeputySC; 08-11-2008, 05:26 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
                            "Based on my training, there was no probable cause for them to search that trunk," Jones said.
                            Mm; I'll bet she graduated kum bah yah from Crackerjack Box University.

                            Put the comfy fur-lined M100s on her.
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                            Capital Punishment means never having to say "you again?"

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