Arresting on Probable Buffoonery

Recently, 30 officers from across the US were named the 2010 TOP COPS for outstanding police work.

I guarantee that investigators involved in the following Memphis criminal case will not be in the running for the 2011 TOP COPS.

On Tuesday, Memphis Police officers accidentally arrested one of their own.

Officer Edrick Braxton was mistakenly arrested on a warrant for aggravated burglary when his fingerprints were lifted from the scene of a crime.

But turns out Braxton's prints were there because he made the scene when Antavious Christopher called police on March 17th regarding a burglary on Mickey Drive.

Christopher had seen someone inside his neighbor's home and called for help. Braxton made the scene and arrested two suspects.

But other officers dusting for prints lifted Braxton's from a lawn mower, and an arrest warrant was issued.

Braxton was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated burglary.

He was later released and the warrant was recalled. A spokesperson for the MPD said Braxton's prints were on the lawn mower because he touched the item while working the crime scene...

Arresting the responding officer after finding his prints at a crime scene?


I really can't remember a case like that one, and I am sure Memphis PD brass hope they never have to issue statements--while cleaning the egg off of their faces--about a similar incident again.

You can even see the poor guy's mugshot still posted on several websites

I also wanted to comment on my disdain for awards in general, but I'll save that for another day.


J. J. in Phila said...

I was once stopped for driving a stolen car. After they checked my paperwork, which was correct, the police officer ran the plate again, and realized he had initially typed in the wrong plate number. :)

Hilary said...

You'd think they'd have been in a bit less of a hurry to arrest one of their own, and more inclined to check the history of that incident. Poor guy.

Momma Fargo said...

Oh my. No words.

Ally Lifewithally said...

That would be funny if it was not so serious ~ I think you are right about them not being Top Cops :O) ~ Ally x

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Maxi said...

Put brain in gear before taking action comes to mind here.

Bob G. said...

Well, I cenrtainly know what *I* do when I say "OOPS"...guess they don't in Memphis...!


Stay safe out there.