“I got out and one of them walked up to me and said, ‘we have a warrant for your arrest,’ and I thought that they were joking”
The Free Thought Project Mike Sawyer July 30, 2014
(Rittman, OH) — The war on drugs and all of its state-sanctioned immorality has stolen 8-months of life from yet another innocent person; this time the victim was 8-month pregnant, Ashley Brown.
Last November the Rittman Police Department, through their glorious incompetence, throwing the need for evidence to the wayside, and relying solely on an informant’s recollection, went to the home of Ashley Brown to place her under arrest.
“I got out and one of them walked up to me and said, ‘we have a warrant for your arrest,’ and I thought that they were joking,” said Brown.
“I thought that it was for an unpaid parking ticket and he said, ‘no ma’am, it’s for dangerous drugs,’ and I lost it,” said Brown.
Rittman police accused Brown of driving a co-defendant to a location to sell drugs. The irony here is that police think that providing transportation to someone to sell something to a willing customer is somehow more dangerous than kidnapping and locking an innocent pregnant woman in a cage.
Even if Brown had done the things the Rittman police accused her of, on a moral scale, the police are the only ones committing a crime here, as their actions are the only ones that actually have a victim. However, she had not done anything of the sort and was still kidnapped and locked in a cage.
Ashley Brown was brought to the Medina County Jail where she constantly tried to tell everyone that she came into contact with that she was innocent. No one believed her.
“They had my name, my date of birth, my social security right; but I told them the whole time, ‘you have the wrong person,’” Brown told FOX 8 Cleveland, Brown feared that she might have to give birth to her baby behind bars.
Because Monday was Veteran’s Day, she did not go in front of a judge until the following Tuesday after being locked in a cage for 4 days. Even then, her public attorney, Bob Campbell, didn’t believe her.
“I wanted to make sure that I completely vetted her claim of innocence before I presented it to anybody else, because about the worst that you could do is to present a claim of innocence when you are not. That has a tendency to backfire,” said Campbell.
Eventually the informant was brought in to identify Ashley Brown in a lineup and could not. Brown also had an alibi: a Facebook post from the cousin of Brown’s ex-boyfriend that confirmed Ashley was out hiking on the day of the drug transaction. But still, this was not enough to convince the negligent and tyrannical Narcotics Gestapo. Brown was still indicted.
“I think people believe that in order to get charged with a felony offense you have to at least be hanging around with the wrong people or doing something that you probably knew you shouldn’t do and this certainly proves this is not the case. She was just minding her own business,” said Campbell.
For eight horrible months, Brown said she was required to make daily status phone calls and subject herself to random drug tests twice a week at her own expense.
Eventually the charges were dropped, but Brown hasn’t received as much as an apology from these incompetent goons.
“I hope this never happens to anybody, and I hope they do their research better before they go to try to convict somebody of something they didn’t do,” said Brown.
Unfortunately history tells us that more mistakes will be made and more innocent people will suffer at the hands of the state, unless something radical happens. It is time to end the war on drugs all together.