Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, August 25, 2014

Ryan J. Reilly and Ashley Alman, Huffington Post: A Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who helped detain a journalist in a McDonald's earlier this month is in the midst of a civil rights lawsuit because he allegedly hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mail at the end of his driveway. According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Missouri federal court, Justin Cosma and another officer, Richard Carter, approached a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mailbox at the end of his driveway in June 2010. The officers "became confrontational" and intimidated the child, the lawsuit claims. "Unprovoked and without cause, the deputies grabbed [the boy], choked him around the neck and threw him to the ground," it says. The boy was shirtless at the time, and allegedly "suffered bruising, choke marks, scrapes and cuts across his body."

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Cosma was also one of the officers who detained journalists from Huffington Post and the Washington Post earlier this month in a local McDonald's. He declined to give his name or badge number at the time, and has subsequently refused to identify himself to the press. A reader tip allowed HuffPost to match his name and face after the altercation. (One of the reporters detained was Reilly, a co-author of this story.)

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I think if we carpet-bomb black America with lawyers to challenge every arrest and every detention at every step of the way then maybe we'll see some changes. I'm no expert but I do believe the courts were a major front in the Civil Rights movement.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-25 02:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

a lawsuit and a conviction are different.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-25 03:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

a lawsuit and a conviction are different.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-25 03:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cops aren't convicted for crimes like this. That the kid wasn't charged with a crime indicates that the cops had no reason to rough him up.

#3 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-25 04:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Cops aren't convicted for crimes like this."

You assume a crime was committed by the cop.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-25 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Our Insane Society. There is no reliable solution for the mentally ill. But if everyone growing up understands that they are valued as a member of society and as a human being, there is less violence. Investing in a good education for everyone is the best way to communicate this. But as a racist society, we apply this principle selectively.

#5 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-25 05:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

You assume a crime was committed by the cop.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-25 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not true. I was pointing out that the lack of a conviction doesn't mean anything but even if a crime had occurred it was not have been prosecuted.

Do I think something is probably wrong when police officers come across a twelve year old at his own home and end roughing him up in a situation where the kid isn't charged with any crime? Yes, I do. If two cops end up roughing up a child that kid better have done something pretty bad.

Did I say for sure that anyone is guilty of anything? No. And if I did I'd of had no issue in saying as much.

So don't make stuff up.

#6 | Posted by Sully at 2014-08-25 05:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

You wrote of "crimes like this."

I'm not an English professor but I know what that means.

(still like you)

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2014-08-25 05:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just because it's not a crime doesn't mean it shouldn't be.

#8 | Posted by klifferd at 2014-08-25 05:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

Do I think something is probably wrong when police officers come across a twelve year old at his own home and end roughing him up in a situation where the kid isn't charged with any crime? Yes

How can you not?
Tor?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-25 05:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cops aren't convicted for crimes like this. That the kid wasn't charged with a crime indicates that the cops had no reason to rough him up.

#3 | POSTED BY SULLY AT 2014-08-25 04:04 PM | REPLY | FLAG

So.. guilty until... no matter what, guilty, then?

#10 | Posted by soheifox at 2014-08-25 09:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

I am immediately suspicious. Who sends mail anymore?

"Hey kid. Whaddya doin?"

"I'm . . . . uh . . . oh yeah. I'm checking my mail. See? Here's the box and everything."

Nah. He was up to no good.

#11 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2014-08-26 01:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

Unless the officers name is Darren Wilson, it has no relevance to the Brown case.

It seems it was posted to insinuate misdeed by Wilson in the Brown case.

#12 | Posted by HeuristicGratis at 2014-08-26 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

No crime? Um yes, it's called assault!

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2014-08-26 10:25 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#13 - more precisely, assault and battery.

#14 | Posted by YAV at 2014-08-26 11:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

sounds like he should be on the other
side of the bars....

#15 | Posted by earthmuse at 2014-08-26 01:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Unless the officers name is Darren Wilson, it has no relevance to the Brown case.
#12 | Posted by HeuristicGratis

The incident shows that the Ferguson PD likes to hire thugs.

#16 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-08-27 07:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

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