Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 August 15-31

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Caught on Tape

Surveillance video from a bar in Passaic, New Jersey, shows Ronnie Holloway standing at the curb when a police car pulls up. Shortly after that, Holloway unzips his sweatshirt. Holloway says one of the officers told him to. Then Officer Joseph Rios gets out of the car slams Holloway into the hood of the car and beats him with his fists and baton. Police later charged Holloway with wandering for the purpose of obtaining controlled substances, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest.

Sour Lemons

New York City parks officials fined 10-year-old Clementine Lee $50 for selling lemonade without a permit in Riverside Park. The parks department now says it will dismiss the ticket.

Here's Your Astroturf

For 14 years, Jose Escobedo struggled to make the grass grow at his East Dallas, Texas, home. Finally, he had his front yard covered with artificial turf. It's now one of the best-looking yards in the neighborhood, but that doesn't impress local code enforcement officials. They say the turf doesn't fit in the historic neighborhood, and the Landmark Commission has ordered him to remove it.

Wasn't This an Episode of 21 Jump Street?

Amy Watson, an assistant middle school principal in East Hartford, Connecticut, apparently believed a student was selling drugs, so she allegedly asked another student to buy some so she could catch the dealer. When they found out, police charged her with risking injury or impairing the morals of a child, and witness tampering. Watson has resigned from the school.

It Was in the Cards

In Buxton, Maine, state police raided a card game raising money for the local food co-op. They seized the cards, the chips, and $500 that had been raised to feed the needy. Police say the game didn't have the proper permit.