Brickbat: Cleveland Rocks


A jury has awarded David Ayers $13.2 million after finding two Cleveland, Ohio, police officers violated his civil rights. Ayers spent 13 years in prison for the murder of Dorothy Brown, but was freed after DNA testing showed that a pubic hair found in Brown's mouth was not his. Ayers' attorneys argued the detectives made up a confession by Ayers, coerced a friend of his into giving false testimony against him, and provided information to a prison informant so he could testify that Ayers admitted committing the crime.


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  1. Bla bla bla what about the rights of the victim bla bla bla procedural finality bla bla bla are you calling an officer of the law a liar bla bla bla. [/law-and-order conservative]

  2. Detectives and prosecutors to be brought up on charges of official misconduct, perjury, coercion, false imprisonment, etc., in 99,999,999,999,999… 99,999,999,999,998… 99,999,999,999,997… 99,999,999,999,996… 99,999,999,999,995…

  3. The jury served as pallbearers for the Cleveland police’s credibility.

    1. There’s no right to have pallbearers. You only get to die when the government tells you you can, and only get to have pallbearers if the government says it’s OK. 😉

  4. Seriously, there ought to be a law: if a prisoner is found to be innocent of the crime for which he was imprisoned, with evidence of official misconduct leading to his conviction, the officials in question should in addition to having to serve hard time, also be penalized and charged as if every crime that happened to tge prisoner was their own. Beaten by guards or inmates? Charge the prosecutor with it. Raped in the shower? Charge the prosecutor with it.

    1. IIRC, the ancient Israelites had a law that a false accuser would get the same sentence which the defendant could have gotten.

      1. “If a malicious witness takes the stand to accuse someone of a crime, the two people involved in the dispute must stand in the presence of the Lord before the priests and the judges who are in office at the time. The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite, then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you. The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you. Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” – Deuteronomy 19:16-21 (NIV)

  5. The next time a “Law amd Order” style show gets canceled, the remaining 4or 5 wrap-up episodes should be used to convey all the dirty, underhanded, and criminal things the “heroes” did to secure convictions in some percentage of their cases.

    1. Criminal activity in the pursuit of justice is no vice!


  6. The Bill of Rights wants Cleveland police to be pallbearers at its funeral.

  7. but why was there a pubic hair in her… oh.

    1. “Oh”, *what*, Steve?

      She could have just eaten at [insert name of fast-food joint].

      1. Gross. Subway employees down the street got fired for taking pictures or their weiner in a bun while at work. Twas in the news. I guess they’re now qualified to be mayor of NYC.

    2. STEVE SMITH stumbled across her corpse before the cops did.

  8. The World Class Cleveland Orchestra wants the Cleveland PD to be the pall bearers for an exhumed Grover Cleveland’s reburial, which will occur alongwide the live burial of the Cleveland Indians, Clevetimore RaveBrowns, Cleveland LeBrons and Cleveland Clinic. The ghost of the Constitution will preside, accompanied by Carol Cleveland.


    1. PS Also, crying Statue of Liberty with Crying Saint Gabby Giffords with “Glock-Perfection” banner flying behind them.

      1. You forgot santorums crying daughter. And his dead baby.

  9. Seriously, I am curious as to what, if anything, has been done to/about the lying scumbag cops. Paid vacation? Unpaid sabbatical? Promotion?

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