Mistaken Arrest in Memphis

by TChris

It's tough to be the victim of an arrest that occurs because the police can't get their facts straight. The owner of a grocery store told the police that a former employee named Roy Hines stole lottery tickets and cashed them in at stores across Memphis. The Memphis police didn't bother to check Hines' date of birth or other identifying information, so a warrant was issued for a different Roy Hines. The Sheriff's Department then executed by warrant by arresting Hines at his home.

When the deputies entered his Whitehaven home, his 2-year old daughter was in his arms. "Now my little girl, when I drop her off, she's like asking me am I coming back home," said Hines.

To their credit, the Memphis police apologized to Hines for their blunder.

But for Hines, rectifying his image with neighbors could be even harder. "They don't know if they're living next to a murderer."

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    Re: Mistaken Arrest in Memphis (none / 0) (#1)
    by Johnny on Tue Apr 26, 2005 at 02:16:42 PM EST
    The system works! The system works! A public apology and explanation by the people who should not be working in law enforcement is in order here. Imagine! If hospitals were as incompetent in the pediatrics ward as law enforcement is...

    Re: Mistaken Arrest in Memphis (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Apr 26, 2005 at 07:38:20 PM EST
    Good, thank god, so many others have disappeared inside the system.