LaPorte, Texas is in no way unique in this and certainly in no way alone across this country. Mini-tyrants and other minions of stupidity have flooded the land and are the basis of "the swamp". Swamps fill and spread from the bottom up.
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Blume v Fred Meyer:
In effect, defendant contends, the jury awarded plaintiff “$45,000 for each minute of the encounter.” However, there is no mathematical formula marking the constitutional line, id., 517 U.S. at 581, 116 S.Ct. at 1602, 134 L.Ed.2d at 830, and monetary awards cannot be quantified in terms of elapsed time. The Supreme Court made it clear in BMW that a higher ratio might be justified if particularly egregious acts result in small compensatory damages or if the monetary value of non-economic harm is difficult to determine. Id., 517 U.S. at 582, 116 S.Ct. at 1602, 134 L.Ed.2d at 831. That is the situation here. As plaintiff points out, here defendant chose to ignore legislatively enacted limits on interference with a person's fundamental right to freedom, instead unilaterally giving its employees greater power to stop and detain people than the law allows.
As SOON as you wiener heads get IT through your brains THAT "arrest shall be by warrant based upon probable cause" then this man can go die...BUT F'n NO all the shit heads in the world KEEP sucking up the shit of those that would defraud them from their pockets.