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Published: Friday, Aug. 31 2012 6:52 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When it looks like some serious drug charges are going to hit you, then attack the credibility of the witnesses and arresting officers.

The explanation by the "poor, beaten victim" is bound to sound plausibe to a jury, right?

"May said he routinely keeps his prescription medication in a baggy in his shoe, though he usually removes it from the bag before swallowing it. Whitehead said the bag contained a "loose granular white substance." May said the tablet may have been crushed in his shoe."

Let's start a list of all the people in the U.S. who keep their prescription meds in a baggy in their shoe, and sometimes take it while it is still in the bag:
1. Mr. May
2.

Okay, I'll wait a while longer for the thousands or millions of other people who do that to be added...

Note that if the cops had NOT attempted to stop him from swallowing unknown substances, they would probably be sued for not protecting him from potential self inflicted injury.

Well Read
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

It does not matter what May had in the bag. There is NO excuse for the beating that May received. I believe the officers are wrong and should be suspended or fired. That action was not right should not be tolerated! He was judged guilty before he had a chance to defend himself. We are not in Dodge city when Matt Dillon was the marshal. :-)

leonard
Oakley, ID

obviously cops out of control

TripleCrown
Santa Ana, CA

Apparently other law enforcement agencies have not yet learned the lessons from the Kelly Thomas beating case. Search Wikipedia for Kelly Thomas.

RG
Buena Vista, VA

I was not there, and did not see the videos. So I don't really know. But what I do know is that there are two kinds of cops, and this stems from the two reasons that people become police officers. Some officers chose that profession because they want to help people, keep the peace, and promote justice and a civil society. Others chose that profession because they like to be in charge, throw their weight around, tell others what to do, be the boss, etc. I have met both types. I don't know which type these officers are, but the savage type of beating doesn't encourage me.

MadMike
Ogden, UT

I saw the tape. He didn't comply with commands. Oh - and you picked a heck of a time to pop a pill...

SittingReading
Sandy, UT

We see this all to often. Police simple requests are ignored, and physical altercations ensue. Although it doesn't excuse the police using excessive force(if there was any) people need to keep in mind that refusing repeated direction causes tempers to flare.

Lets look at it step by step.
1. He ran a red light resulting in the police deciding to pull him over.
2. He continued for several turns(probably a minute or two) before pulling into his office. He felt he didn't need to pull over.
3. The woman who was with him claimed he had meth. They had cause to search and began to search.
4. During the course of the search, he claims he decided it was a good time to pop a pill in his shoe. This was neither wise nor very hygienic.
5. After being witnessed, he was ordered to spit it out. He refused yet again. They attempted to force it out of him. He refused some more.

He was wrong. A black eye and some taze marks are the least that could have gone wrong with someone high on meth. I think this guy should be locked up.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@WellRead

"There is NO excuse for the beating that May received."

Uh, yes there is...it's called resisting arrest. If you fight back against cops, they will physically hurt you until you stop fighting. The more you fight back, the more the will hurt you. If this man had nothing to hide (as he claims), he should have gone willingly and quietly and let the truth come out. He fought because he was facing multiple felony drug charges and now he's going to go down for assaulting an officer as well...bad choices followed by more bad choices.

geedub
Santee, CA

Come on...I keep my prescriptions in a baggie in my shoe. Doesn't everyone? It just makes sense.

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