Port Saint John, FL — The Free Thought Project has reported on multiple instances in which police officers invade a home and are shot in the process. Thousands of these no-knock raids take place across the country every single year, most of which are over alleged possession of substances deemed illegal by the state. But what happens when people defend their homes against these home invasions? Well, as the following case illustrates, sometimes justice can be served.
In 2015, John DeRossett, 60, was arrested for trying to kill three Brevard County sheriff’s deputies. However, after a long legal battle, this former security guard has been freed under Florida’s “stand your ground law.”
DeRossett’s case is a rare one as he was not acquitted. The ruling this week means there should have never been an arrest in the first place.
“The appellate decision is better than a jury acquittal. An acquittal only means ‘not guilty.’ This order means that John is innocent, that his actions were justified, and that he never should have been arrested in the first place. It’s a total vindication,” said DeRossett’s Orlando-based attorney, Michael Panella.
, ” . . . Great, great. Thank God. Thank Jesus. Thank everybody, thank you. You just don’t know, how it feels, you know? I’m trying to hold the tears back,” DeRossett said in a statement issued to FLORIDA TODAY.
Naturally, the idea of letting a man free for shooting a cop didn’t resonate well in the law enforcement community. The state attorney’s office issued a statement disagreeing with the decision to free DeRossett.
Our law enforcement officers risk their lives daily to protect our community. This ruling adds to that risk by extending protection to those who turn a blind eye to criminal activity, even within their own home.
The “criminal activity” referred in the above statement was the fact that DeRossett’s niece, Mary Ellis DeRossett, 47, entered into consensual exchanges with willing participants who traded money for sex. In short, Mary Ellis was a prostitute.
As TFTP has previously reported, in the Land of the Free, it is against the law to get paid to have sex, unless that sex is filmed, distributed on DVD or the internet, and taxed. One of the least talked about systems of oppression in the US is that of persecuting prostitutes.
When referencing prostitution, we are talking about the mutually beneficial exchange of sexual favors for money by two or more consenting partners; not forced human trafficking.
Just like the war on drugs creates crime by pushing the unending demand for illicit substances into the black market, the war on the sex trade creates crime in the same manner. As DeRossett’s case illustrates, it also makes police/prostitute interactions, incredibly dangerous as cops are told they must kidnap and cage people for engaging in this entirely consensual activity.
Mary Ellis DeRossett was not being trafficked. She was doing with her own body as she saw fit. Ironically enough, while cops will kidnap and cage women for doing what they want with their own body in regard to selling sex, had DeRossett wanted to have an abortion, cops would have been completely fine with her and the other 70,000 women who end their pregnancies each year in Florida. Instead of ‘her body, her choice’, however, DeRossett had sex and so cops had to do their jobs.
On that unfortunate August night, cops descended on the DeRossett residence to kidnap and cage Mary Ellis for engaging in commerce unapproved by the state. As her kidnappers — the police — were attempting to get her into custody, Mary Ellis yelled for help, and her uncle, John DeRossett responded while armed.
As the Star Banner reports:
DeRossett’s attorney’s argued that he did not know who the men were confronting his niece that night and that he was responding to her screams for help at the front door.
Gunfire ensued and Deputy Casey Smith was shot in the lower abdomen. He recovered from his injuries. Both Ellis — a convicted prostitute known as ‘The Cougar’ — and DeRossett, then a security guard at Port Canveral suffered minor gunshot injuries, reports show.
Because the people trying to kidnap his niece wore badges, instead being hailed as a hero for stopping his niece’s kidnappers, DeRossett himself was kidnapped and spent the next five years in a cage — until now. Luckily for John, he will no longer suffer for defending himself and his family.
Mary Ellis, however, was not exonerated. Instead, she was sentenced to 6 months in a cage for doing what she wanted with her own body and harming absolutely no one.