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November 30, 2022

Can O' Worms #12
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I know I'm getting older and increasingly forgetful, but for some inexplicable reason I don't recall reading any previously published news reports during the past four years about the police incident and subsequent civil suit described below. How about you?

An August 3, 2009 ruling in a Chicago Federal Appeals Court will allow a lawsuit filed against the Shelbyville Police Department to proceed. The lawsuit was brought by local individuals following the execution of a search warrant at a Shelbyville business on February 5, 2005.

The search warrant was based on the possible alteration of a vehicle identification number (VIN). Plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit allege that a Shelbyville police officer seized and detained several individuals at the search location by pointing a firearm at them when there was no hint of danger present.

The search ended when officers at the scene concluded that the VIN had not been altered.

The United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals determined "that a reasonable jury could find that the police officer violated the plaintiffs' clearly established right to be free from excessive force." The ruling affirmed an earlier district court decision. A trial date has not been set.

For those of you who are interested, you can read the full text of the recent opinion issued by the United States Appeals Court here

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Article comment by: Elliott Ness

I'm with you all the way Francis. Along with what you wrote about the paper, I also agree with you about missing Jack Boyce and the other folks at the old radio station who would have immediate reports when anything important happened locally. Mark Risley was great when he worked there - extremely intelligent and professional.

I'm afraid those days are gone forever, Francis.

Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Article comment by: Francis Robinson

Hi Dee:
The reason that you haven't heard about it is that like most of us you must depend on the "Pablum Pages" (aka The Shelbyville News) for your local news. You and I are old enough to recall when it was a real newspaper and had actual investigative reporters who kept track of who was who in the community. I miss those real reporters and local editorials that were actually signed by the writers instead of very few local editorials that when they do appear are signed "staff". About 4 days a week I wonder why I still subscribe.
In more recent years I have attended a few government meetings where the "press" showed up late and left early and seemed totally disinterested while they were there. The public's business should be conducted in public and the local paper which is quick to accept the community's money for subscriptions and advertising has a responsibility to keep the community well-informed of how the public's business was conducted.
I also really miss the old WSVL news with Jack Boyce who constantly kept us up to the minute on local news. If anything happened we knew about it within minutes.

Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2009
Article comment by: Pokey Mahn

You are right Dee. I don't remember seeing this in the paper before. It sounds pretty bizarre to me, like a B-grade gangster/cops movie from the old days. I look forward to hearing what the officers themselves have to say about this event.

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