Police retried for charges related to immigrant traffic stop
This story hasn't been given much attention on the airwaves. I read it in the Knoxville News-Sentinel's e-version this morning. Depending on who you believe, it appears that two Newport policemen,Sgts. James W. Roach Jr. and Patrick Sheldon, harassed and stole hundreds of dollars from two immigrants, Wilder Gomez Roblero and Marcos Mijia Vasques, after an undocumented stop that the policemen deny.
I'm having a problem reading the News-Sentinel's version of this story. The bias is written all over this article. The crime victims names were in the very first sentence. The defendants names are not mentioned until the end of the third paragraph.
Apparently these guys were tried for the theft in Cocke County and were acquitted of any wrongdoing. Those charges were felonies. They are now standing trial on misdemeanor charges of violating the victims' civil rights.
Golly gee, ya think they may get acquitted again?
It's time for the Feds to step in on this one.