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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, 10:19 PM

72192 Just a shitty situation. Cop was trying to make it to a scene too fast and midjudged his speed. Not sure if he deserves life in jail for trying to save other people (throwing rocks from an overpass onto a highway can easily cause a major accident).

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 10:38 PM

166205 Granted there are crooked cops, i am ashamed of you people commenting on this. I. Wish they would make a data base of all you cop haters so when you call 911 needing help. They can politely say no. Most cops are just trying to make an honest living. Alot of the people who hates police most likely have given the cops a reason to do their jobs.

Posted: Feb 19 2013, 11:17 PM

7130 It's reasons like this that I have no more faith in our police force or our so called judicial system. Every single one of these people need to have the book thrown at them in punishment.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 1:04 AM

7518 shitz a fuckn joke.been thrown in jail and liscence supended for basically nothing.shitz a joke crooked ass cops drunk judges and punk ass da's need to die slow.karma is a mthrfckr.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 1:12 AM

7518 and any fuckn idiot siding wit the cop the judge etc.u can die slow too.u the same fool skipping thru life thinkn this country and fuct and getting worse.same idiot that thought the bart cop who shot the kid in handcuffs was innocent.
watch the video again jackass.everyones shocked about whats happening then laughs at the outcome.fuckn sick.hope your kin gets killed by a pig bet you wont think its ok then.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 1:30 AM

174101 Hopefully the family will get some justice in a civil trial.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 1:59 AM

7044 As if Rick Scott couldnt make the sunshine state look any worse, the rest of the world is presented with this case, Paging Chris Dorner. Paging Chris Dorner. Please report to the state of Florida.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 3:05 AM

24113 I have to comment. Every single person connected with this farce should be fired. They are piss-poor public servants and human beings. Additionally the officer driving should be fined and jailed. What a piece of... And how did that judge get a position on the bench? She's the biggest culprit in this, and the buck should stop with her.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 9:49 AM

66230 This is a nation wide problem. My car was totaled by a state trooper. He did a U-turn right into me sending me spinning into the oncoming lanes. Fortunately there was no oncoming traffic or I would not be here. He didn't have his lights on, didn't use his blinkers, witnesses testified to that fact, yet, I was found guilty. Oh, did I mention they MOVED his vehicle to collaborate his story (pix at scene prove it), left me in a disabled vehicle in January in ALASKA for two hours (never called an ambulance), I had to treat myself for shock, and that he and his sergeant lied in court? There wasn't a damn thing I could do about it.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 4:05 PM

68242 The Cpl had a family emergency and told his supervisor. His supervisor did not call the court. It is not his fault. The judge is the one that should be reprimanded. It is her court room. All of the idiots that posted that cops should die, don't call 911 when ur getting your butts beat and need help. The trooper was on his way to a felony being committed and going too fast. That's not vehicle homicide.

Posted: Feb 20 2013, 9:50 PM

687 Oops.More collatotal damage.I,m with the just fucking wow post!

Posted: Jul 27 2013, 10:40 AM

107198 Florida! They can't vote right. They can't hold a trial that doesn't turn into a circus event. They just suck in general. Let them turn into a sovereign latino nation and to hell with them. We can build a wall to keep them from contaminating the rest of the United States.
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