"Sovereign Immunity" for Police Torture?

by Will

Will Grigg?s Liberty Minute

January 10, 2012

At about 2:30 in the morning of February 3, 2011, two Pennsylvania state troopers pulled over a vehicle driven by Jamie Cornell, who was suspected of driving while intoxicated. Cornell was arrested, and the troopers threatened to have the vehicle towed. Cornell?s passenger, Derena Marie Madison, exited the car to protest. She was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

Shackled at the wrists and ankles, Madison was taken to a nearby State Police barracks, where she was twice assaulted with pepper spray to the face, head, and body.

When Madison cried out for help, she was seized by several officers, taken outside, doused in cold water, and thrown face-down in the snow. She briefly lost consciousness; when she woke up, it was obvious that one of her captors had urinated on her.  She never received medical attention.

Responding to Miss Madison?s lawsuit, the State Troopers didn?t contest her account; instead, they claimed that their actions were taken pursuant to their duties, and therefore they were protected by ?sovereign immunity.? A federal judge rejected that claim ? but the fact it was made tells us volumes about the mindset of those who supposedly protect and serve us.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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