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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 19 2013, 6:31 PM

9618 wow, just wow.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:42 PM

20730 No one touched on the fact that there were children in the car either. There should come a bevy of civil suits at the very least.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:51 PM

12154 fucking feds

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 6:52 PM

13036 If McClellan killed a member of my family I'd go Dorner his ass and all the others hiding behind the blue code of silence. The biggest threat to our safety is the gang of thugs paid for with our tax dollars.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:13 PM

128111 man the US is slowly becoming a police state- don't dismiss it just cuz the media dramatizes this stuff. just look around you, cops above the law, new policies enacted to censor us and restrict our freedoms, drones authorized to kill americans more to come

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:17 PM

20912 Go christopher dornan this is the blatant corruption and abuse that our legal system feeds constantly to people of color fuck the system police govt all of em

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:23 PM

9870 where were the family members during this so call "trial"? were they in the court room? if so why did they not object?
maybe the prosecutor, the judge, the two officers need to be drug out in the street and shot publicly.
this is what it is going to take to make it change my friend.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:40 PM

6956 This country is fucking retarded. Screw them.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:52 PM

679 Corrupt fucking judge, corrupt fucking cop! Corrupt system period!

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:53 PM

18823 Looks like a case for Dexter Morgan :)

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 7:55 PM

12222 Cops are humans, too. They need to be held responsible, but there needs to be some leniency on issues because they are doing it everyday, not just occasionally like the rest of us.

This is just a sad story all round. Grandmother dead, her family shocked, somone throwing rocks onto moving vehicles seems to have got away, and the guy who was trying to do the right thing in a whole amount of trouble.

Don't hate the guy because he accidentally killed a grandmother, feel sympathy for him over the tragedy that this is.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 8:57 PM

74106 So how did this cop pass the psychological test, before he got in to the academy?

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:02 PM

9791 Time for justice in civil court. Take everything that bitch ass trooper owns.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:16 PM

98204 I'm tired of everyone saying that they are happy when cops die or that this is why we hate cops. Not all cops are jackasses. General statements like that are stupid. I'm not saying this guy was right, but I feel sorry for good cops who get a bad name because of bullshit like this.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:17 PM

17451 The officer should be charged with culpable negligence, a second degree misdemeanor.

784.05 Culpable negligence. (1) Whoever, through culpable negligence, exposes another person to personal injury commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. (2) Whoever, through culpable negligence, inflicts actual personal injury on another commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.


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Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:42 PM

17378 Wow that really p[isses me off. If that was my grandma he KILLEd there is not a spot on this planet he would be safe from me!

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:53 PM

66233 dam pigs

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:53 PM

24116 If you have never had the opportunity to see how our judicial system really works, you are in for a big suprise. Small town courts are exactly like this.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 9:58 PM

99194 20 days later he was hired on as a Midway police officer.
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