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Article posted Feb 18 2013, 4:14 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: The Daily Mail Print

Trooper who killed a grandmother in a 90-mph collision goes free after fellow officer who gave him citations MISSES trial

An on-duty Florida Highway Patrol trooper who killed a grandmother in a 90 mph collision has had his case dismissed after the officer who gave him the citations missed his trial.

A newly-released video of Detrick McClellan's court hearing shows how troopers in the court room laughed as a distracted judge dismissed the case, before they shook the officer's hand.

The video has contributed to the firing of a commander and an investigation is now underway to determine if seven troopers at the hearing acted inappropriately.

'If the FHP allows it to stand, what they're saying is the law does not apply to us, even if we kill people,' Dennis Kenney, from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the Sun Sentinel.

On February 10, 2012, McClellan, 34, was responding to a call about someone throwing rocks from an overpass as he drove through Gadsden County.

As he drove to the scene without his emergency lights on, he reached speeds of more than 100mph and lost control as he travelled around a bend, where the recommended speed was just 35 mph.

He smashed into Michelle Campbell's vehicle, throwing her 12-year-old granddaughter through the windshield and injuring her niece. Ms Campbell, 51, died hours later.

FHP Cpl. C. Brooks Yarborough investigated the crash and found McClellan at fault. He was fired and cited with three traffic violations, careless driving, speeding, and failure to use his emergency lights.

But prosecutors refused to file criminal charges, finding that McClellan's driving was not equivalent to vehicular homicide.

'He responded to [the call] rapidly because that's a dangerous thing, rocks hitting cars,' Willie Meggs, state attorney, told the Sentinel. 'We made the conclusion that there was a life lost, but he was trying to save a life.'

[...]When the lawyer asked Cross if he would agree to dismiss the citations, he said: 'Why not? I'm easy to please,' as laughter echoed throughout the courtroom.

The judge, who admitted she had been distracted by paperwork, said: 'So y'all want it dismissed? There's no objection? C'mon, y'all Candid Cameraing me?'

The lawyer, Stephen Webster, added: 'If the agency felt this strongly about these citations, they certainly would have someone here.'

Within two minutes of the start of the hearing, the judge said: 'Hearing no objection, or no one's here, I will go on and dismiss the citations.'

Despite being responsible for the death of a woman, McClellan walked out with no consequences, and even shook hands with fellow troopers as he left the room.

The victim's family said they are shocked by the outcome of the trial, and had not even been told it was going ahead.

'It was appalling and it hurt because I feel like they were cheering, rooting him on, for a death he caused,' her daughter, Annekquah Knight, said. 'They knew he was wrong. I think it's just because he was a trooper, and they look out for each other.'

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Posted: Feb 18 2013, 6:22 PM

17454 Everyone in the court room should be fired along with those who didn't show up.

Posted: Feb 18 2013, 9:09 PM

17444 Do you need any more proof of how are judicial system needs to be replaced. The officer who killed the grandmother was driving in a criminally homicidal manner. I don't care if he's a cop his emergency to get somewhere doesn't justify killing someone in the process. All of the criminals with badges along with the thug in the robe laughing shrugging it off no big deal. Prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement cretins all are a protected criminal class.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 2:17 AM

8098 it is a sorry state of affairs when an investigation needs to be started whether the cops acted inappropriately in such situation. Yes they did. Furthermore what kind of judge would not see the obvious conflict of interest. "...and Justice For All." yeah good one.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 12:35 PM

85164 [Deleted: see comment policy]

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 3:34 PM

1297 And cops wonder why we don't trust them.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 3:35 PM

10846 These pigs need to be hunted down, placed under citizens arrest, given a summary trial and executed like the animals that they are. There is no other way to exact justice from the police state.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 3:39 PM

128227 Someone tell Chris Dorner about these guys.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 3:43 PM

68200 and this is why im not only satisfied, but enjoy when people go killing cops. sorry excuses for life.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 4:11 PM

20853 And now you know why citizens hate law enforcement the way they do. Well for each officer that dies, just look to this tape to understand why.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:23 PM

1992 im surprised this video didnt go "missing" POLICE ARE CIMINALS!

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:26 PM

17316 So who the hell is Cross? Can we get some professional reporting here. please?

"..When the lawyer asked Cross if he would agree to dismiss the citations,..."
This is the only mention of this person, so who is he/she?

My guest guess at this point is a transgender judge.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:29 PM

128174 It is time for the victims' family to create their own justice.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:36 PM

58173 fuck the police

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:41 PM

24147 I hope someone from the victim's families goes Chris Dorner on their asses. I hate to say it, but with the environment of impunity that cops have created for themselves, the only effective recourse is going to be street and vigilante justice. We're going to start seeing more of that unless this stops.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:42 PM

142152 Can the family take the officer and even the city to court?

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 5:58 PM

187184 Cops deserve to die nuff said

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:01 PM

157166 RE "So who the hell is Cross?"

This is unclear because this story is excerpted from the original on the Daily Mail. That story is much clearer.

I think if I post the link it will get kick this comment out, but see the Source: link at the top of this story.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:03 PM

72240 Fuck the Police, Fuck the Judge in the ass, dry and hard. Someone needs to shoot those evil bastards. I think everyone in Florida is inbred and retarded, especially law enforcement.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:09 PM

8338 Why is it so important to say that she was a grnadmother? Doen't everybody have the same rights wetheer they have children or not?

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:22 PM

72196 This is why people hate cops, THIS is why people praised Chris Dorner,
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