Slaton police arrest woman after request to see warrant

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Updated: 6/12/2013 9:48 pm
Slaton police came to this woman's house, who wishes to remain anonymous, to arrest her son. But by asking one simple question, she found herself behind bars instead. 

"I told him, 'I will release my son to you upon viewing those orders.' Those were exactly my words," The complainant said. "He said, 'This is how you want to play?' He took two steps back, turned around to the officer and said, 'Take her.' They turned me around, handcuffed me, and took me in."

The complainant said she was aware police would be coming to apprehend her 11-year-old son based on a criminal complaint, and that she just wanted to see the warrant. As it turns out, that warrant didn't exist. She spent the night in jail while her son was left at home. 

"He told me it was their duty to come pick up my son," She said. "Yet, I had someone stay the night at my house. They never came back that evening, they never came to pick up my son, or do what they told me they were there to do in the beginning."

"This occurred on May 29 when they went out to apprehend this young man," Dwight McDonald, the family's attorney, said. "The directive to apprehend was not signed until May 30, which is another indication that they didn't have the authority to go out and arrest him or apprehend this young man."

The Slaton Police Department is willing to issue an apology, but McDonald said that's not enough. 

"If she moves out of Slaton and tries to find a job elsewhere, you can Google her name, and at that point, the arrest, my guess is, is going to show up," McDonald said.

"I will accept an apology, but what is that going to do?" The complainant said. "It's not going to take my picture off the internet sites that have been posted, from being published in the newspaper, from where I work. I've never been in trouble, in 32 years of my life, from anything, and to get thrown in jail because I asked a question is not right."

McDonald said the Slaton Police Department will issue an apology as long as the mother agrees not to file a lawsuit. He said unless she is compensated for her expenses and the trauma she's been through, a lawsuit won't be out of the question. 

We attempted to contact Slaton's city attorney and city manager. Due to the possibility of litigation, both declined to comment. 
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umpire - 12/28/2013 12:24 PM
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Not only should see sue she should also complain of getting blackmail in this case.

rodhearn - 7/15/2013 9:18 PM
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I am ex police and let me say this, it is the law that a citizen has the right to resist an illegal arrest to the same extent that an officer attempts to execute that arrest. Yes, even to deadly force. Therefore, any time an officer attempts to arrest you illegally, remind them of that law and inform them that you are willing and prepared to enforce it!

Johnny Mac - 7/8/2013 2:11 AM
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SUE THE BASTARDS! They broke the laws they were supposed to enforce...Do not let these morons off the hook for their is no excuse! The fact that the city officials would issue an apology if Mrs. McDonald agrees to not file a lawsuit tells you that the police department and the city attorney know they are liable and are in deep pooh! I would not have gone without a fight! And my attorney would not have let them illegally incarcerate me for any amount of time, especially over night! I would also see what charges could be brought on the arresting officers at the state or federal level for abuse of authority and official oppression.

jway86 - 6/23/2013 8:51 PM
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"Slaton Police Department will issue an apology as long as the mother agrees not to file a lawsuit" Wow! That's like when someone hits you and then tells you they won't do it again if you don't tell the cops. Who are these criminals?

metalman4 - 6/19/2013 3:54 PM
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Let me state for the record I'm just to the right of Attila the Hun and I still don't buy in to this police state that we are being sold.

metalman4 - 6/19/2013 3:52 PM
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Sue that bunch of jack booted gestapo into bankruptcy. Cops in this country have come to believe they are judge and jury anymore. I hope she breaks their back.

securetheus - 6/19/2013 8:19 AM
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This is the law, being above the law, or in a higher example, the govt being above govt programs, ie: Obama, Holder, etc. NSA, IRS, etc. etc. etc. Government gone a muck!!! Vote for this, and this is what you get. All of these people look to the top to see what they are doing, see they get away with everything, so they do as they see. Slaton feels if the top can do it, so can they, and there will be NO consequences.

redgodwest - 6/19/2013 12:36 AM
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Sue them. Sue them. Sue them. They won't stop until violating our right costs them more than not violating them.

johncconnelly - 6/18/2013 1:40 PM
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Unlawful detainment is a crime. I would want the perpetrators of that crime prosecuted to the full extent of the law. nothing more nothing less.

Michaelb - 6/18/2013 8:57 AM
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They compound the poor judgement with extortion. Nice
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