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Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:34 PM

Trump's worst pardon is one you haven't heard about

Opinion by Alex Busansky

Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner, Stephanie Mohr. You’ve probably heard about President Trump’s odious pre-Christmas pardons for the first three — and nothing about Mohr, a former Prince George’s County police officer. But Mohr’s pardon — for violating a homeless man’s civil rights by unleashing her K-9 on him — is equally, if not more undeserving. Of all the acts to pardon in a year that witnessed the killing of George Floyd, it is the most insensitive and inflaming.

I know; I was part of the team at the Justice Department’s civil rights division that helped prosecute Mohr in 2001.

In the middle of the night on Sept. 21, 1995, a local Prince George’s County police burglary stakeout unit found two homeless men on the empty roof of a business, eating food they had found in the trash in Takoma Park, Md. Ordered down from the roof, Ricardo Mendez and his friend willingly climbed down. Lit by a police helicopter above and facing a brick wall, the two men were surrounded by police officers, some with guns drawn, and Mohr holding her German shepherd on a leash. Both men obeyed commands and stood facing the wall with their hands up.

It should have been over. It wasn’t.

A police sergeant later testified that he was approached by Mohr’s supervising officer who said, “Hey Sarge, we got a new dog. Mind if it gets a bite?” The sergeant gave consent, and Mohr set her dog to attack Mendez, an undocumented immigrant whose only crime was seeking a safe place to eat and sleep. Mohr testified that she was doing her job as trained, and the victim needed “only 10 stitches.”

Think about that: only 10 stitches. Mohr disregarded her training to give her dog a taste of flesh and blood.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/29/trump-pardons-stephanie-mohr-prince-georges/

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Reply Trump's worst pardon is one you haven't heard about (Original post)
Zorro Dec 2020 OP
I_UndergroundPanther Dec 2020 #1
Mike Nelson Dec 2020 #2
erronis Dec 2020 #3
happybird Dec 2020 #4
IronLionZion Dec 2020 #11
happybird Dec 2020 #12
IronLionZion Dec 2020 #13
happybird Dec 2020 #14
Bev54 Dec 2020 #5
RVN VET71 Dec 2020 #6
Archetypist Dec 2020 #7
Nitram Dec 2020 #8
Blue Owl Dec 2020 #9
halfulglas Dec 2020 #10
Collimator Dec 2020 #15
calimary Dec 2020 #16

Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:40 PM

1. Cops with sociopathy

Suck. Find and kick all the sociopaths, authoritarians and narcissists out of the police force and blacklist the fuckers to make sure they are disempowered for the rest of thier days..

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:42 PM

2. I think...

... there is an ugliness to the story that is uniquely deplorable, when compared to the others...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:44 PM

3. I worked around Tacoma Park during that period - a real mixed bag.

There are really three Tacoma Parks
- Montgomery County, MD
- Prince George County, MD
- Washington DC

The Montgomery County was much more part of the white and privileged group altho it was heavily inhabited by a lot of people who really cared about equality and fairness and were very socially active. Still, their property values were much higher than the other areas.

PG had some real poverty issues as well as the attendant drug problems of those times.

DC was pretty nice but suffered from being far away from the center of the capital.

The Metro was built straight through these neighborhoods further separating any track-side differences.

There were many instances of cross-border chases and difficulties altho usually not as bad as this one.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:45 PM

4. WTOP was running a short interview with her

It’s nauseating. She talks about how she didn’t ask for or expect a pardon and how difficult the whole ordeal has been for her. Ugh. What a piece of shit.

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Response to happybird (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 12:11 AM

11. "Mohr told WTOP she had been pursuing presidential pardon for much of 2020"

https://wtop.com/prince-georges-county/2020/12/former-prince-georges-co-canine-officer-among-those-president-trump-pardoned/

Mohr said she’s had a lot of time to reflect over the events that led to her conviction and has “peace in my heart that I did the right thing.”

“There’s really not much I would have done differently, even if I could. I did my job and acted appropriately,” she said, adding that she was a victim of “an agenda of the times and I was made a scapegoat.”

Mohr has a message for those who feel her pardon is undeserved.

“I would just hope that people would have an open mind and the ability to see the other side and possibly realize that not everything the Department of Justice does is legitimate, or by the book or above board,” she said.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 12:23 AM

12. Huh. That's definitely not what I heard her say,

but it was just a couple stitched together soundbytes from the longer interview. One of the segments they replay every half hour or so. It focused mostly on how she was “coping.”

I was distinctly disgusted by the idea that she didn’t pursue a pardon but Dumbass had apparently sought her out to give her one. Thank you for clearing that up for me.

Of course, she’s still a huge piece of shit, perhaps an even bigger one in my eyes now (if that’s even possible). My feelings are even stronger after reading the article you posted. Absolutely disgusting. I thought she was just whiny about her “ordeal,” but to read that she wouldn’t change a thing about her actions enrages me.

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Response to happybird (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 12:29 AM

13. She's a POS alright. People request pardons

either for themselves or on behalf of someone. Presidents don't go searching for criminals to pardon. This dumbass president is known for supporting people who have committed brutality in the line of police/military duty so those types of people write him a sob story about how the evil prosecutors had a witch hunt to scapegoat them or whatever.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 12:30 AM

14. Just thinking-

Wonder if she said she wasn’t expecting to get the pardon and my horrified, disgusted brain added the “and didn’t seek” part.
It ran for a couple days and I started changing the station whenever it came on.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 10:16 PM

5. I had read about this one, the day after the pardons

can't remember where.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 10:44 PM

6. It was gross and despicable, even by P.G. County Police standards.

I did not know that this sadist had actually been given the OK to unleash her dog -- by her sergeant who, it seems, was urged on by Mohr’s “supervising officer.”

Jesus Christ!

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:02 PM

7. The Blackwater pardons are worse, IMHO.

They are all sickening though.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:05 PM

8. I agree. This may be the worst pardon. Absolutely no redeeming quality for the officer involved.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:05 PM

9. I secretly wish Champ and Major find Donny trespassing on the WH lawn

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 11:42 PM

10. I disagree.

Trump is a horrible human being and president, but Champ and Major don't deserve what might happen to them because he is still under Secret Service protection and the agents are honor-bound to protect him.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 03:41 PM

15. According to this source. . .

. . . the suspect was running. The officer "made a decision to use a certain amount of force during an arrest."

I am not saying that I buy her story. But it is interesting how a news source can report something and manage to present or avoid mentioning certain details.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 07:19 PM

16. Um ... once a dog gets a taste of flesh and blood, it should probably

be put down. It’s now dangerous to keep around. A friend of mine had a dog that did that. Her vet recommended that solution.

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