The Daily Beast has a disturbing story about Ferguson police capturing the wrong man, then charging him anyway for bleeding on their uniforms after they beat him.
The charge sheet, which gives a glimpse into the department under scrutiny after an officer shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, says this:
"On and/or about the 20th day of Sept. 20, 2009 at or near 222 S. Florissant within the corporate limits of Ferguson, Missouri, the above named defendant did then and there unlawfully commit the offense of property damage to wit did transfer blood to the uniform."
A 52-year-old welder named Henry Davis was arrested for an outstanding warrant that turned out to be for another man of the same surname, but a different middle name and Social Security number, Daily Beast reports.
When he was taken to the station and put in a one man cell with another man, he complained about having to sleep on the floor. Officers beat him, kicking him in the head, and sending him to the emergency room, the Daily Beast reports.
The local prosecutor later dropped the property damage charges because of conflicting reports from the officers. Davis sued the department over the incident, but a federal district judge ruled against him last year. He has appealed the decision.Via the Daily Beast