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Another abuse of power. How far will we let this go unchecked. People you had better stand up and be counted of you won’t be able to real soon it looks like.

 

You may want to think twice next time you consider giving a homeless person some change, if one Texas man’s experience is any indication.

  Houston resident Greg Snider claims he was arrested and held for  more than an hour after local police mistakenly targeted him as a  criminal, all for giving a homeless man a few quarters.

  Snider said he had pulled into a local parking lot in order to  make a phone call when a homeless man came up to him and asked  for some spare cash. Snider claims he gave the man 75 cents and  left to continue on his way.

“I had no idea at all what was about to happen,” he told  KPRC Local 2 News.

  As soon as Snider merged onto a local freeway, however, police  followed him with flashing lights and sirens, ordering him to  pull over.

“He’s screaming. He’s yelling. He’s telling me to get out of  the car. He’s telling me to put my hands on the hood,”   Snider said to KPRC. “They’re like, ‘We saw you downtown. We  saw what you did.’ And I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I gave a  homeless man 75 cents.'”

  Police reportedly said they saw Snider give the homeless man  drugs and asked to search his car. Snider was placed in handcuffs  and held in the back of a police car for an hour or so while ten  other police vehicles arrived at the scene and used dogs to  search his car.

  Once the search failed to uncover any illegal substances, Snider  was freed and told the situation was a misunderstanding.

  Houston police have declined to comment on the incident, though  they did confirm that Snider has filed a complaint.

  Prosecution of the drug war has come under scrutiny lately as  more Americans question the overall effects of police behavior.  In two particularly disturbing cases, New Mexico  men were pulled over and suspected of carrying drugs in their  anal cavities. The men were then taken to hospitals outside of  police jurisdiction where doctors performed invasive medical  procedures that failed to turn up any drugs.

  One man, David Eckert, was subjected to multiple enemas and  rectal finger examinations. This week, he was awarded $1.6  million as the city and county involved settled their portions of  the lawsuit.


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