Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 October 8-31

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Scout's Dishonor

Matthew Whalen is an Eagle Scout and takes the "Be Prepared" motto seriously. He keeps a sleeping bag, water, and food in his car in case he ever breaks down. He also had a two-inch pocket knife he got form his grandfather. Unfortunately for the honors student, officials at his high school in Lansingburgh, New York, found out about the knife and suspended him for 20 days for violating the school's "zero tolerance" policy on weapons.


In Dolton, Illinois, police officer Christopher Lloyd was caught on video throwing a special needs student into a locker then slamming him to the ground, breaking his nose. The boy's attorney said it was because he violated a high school dress code by not having his shirt tucked in. Lloyd was later arrested for allegedly raping a woman. Last year, Lloyd shot his ex-wife's new husband 24 times outside their home, killing him. The Chicago police, for whom he worked at the time, called it self defense.

Drunk with Power

Travis Peterson knew he was too drunk to drive home after a concert by the Dave Matthews Band, so he decided to sleep it off in his car. But a Wisconsin state trooper woke him up and ordered him to leave the parking lot. Peterson explained he was too drunk to drive, but the officer ordered him to leave. As soon as he drove out of the parking lot, Peterson was arrested for DUI. A court found him guilty of the charge, but a state appellate court threw out the conviction, saying Peterson should have been allowed to argue he was entrapped.

No Professional Courtesy

The Riverside County, California, government has paid Salvador Pina, a retired sheriff's deputy, $125,000 to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit. Pina claimed that sheriff's deputies illegally beat and detained him at his home, even after former colleagues recognized him and a sheriff's technician told them they were at the wrong address. The incident was filmed by the TV show "COPS," but producers told the court that they had destroyed the footage.