An Alleged Dallas PD Beatdown, 0.1 Grams of Cocaine, A Sawed-off Shotgun and Nunchucks

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Danny Cantu, a diesel mechanic, sued the city of Dallas and a small army of Dallas Police officers back in January, claiming he was making a sandwich in the kitchen when they tossed a flash-bang grenade through his window.

As the deafening explosion rang in the kitchen, he alleged that the officers kicked in the door, beat the hell out of him and ransacked the place while he lay unconscious in a pool of his own blood. After he was treated for a broken nose, they hauled him in and apparently released him without charge, because there's no record of it. Cantu claims he suffered a broken orbital bone, a concussion, traumatic brain injury, loss of vision in his left eye and loss of hearing in his left ear. The complaint says his injuries required "surgical intervention."

In its recently filed response, the city admitted that they conducted a "no-knock" search of Cantu's home, but denied using excessive force. It asserts that Cantu can't sue these officers individually, because they enjoy qualified immunity.

According to the search warrant and return inventory, the officers found a few things: a sawed-off shotgun (which is illegal), 0.1 grams of cocaine (would you need an electron microscope to do a line that small?) and a pair of nunchucks (which, the city's response says, are illegal too).

Unfair Park is going to go out on a limb and assume they were expecting to find more than 0.1 grams in the abode of this sandwich-making diesel mechanic. Neither the City Attorney's Office nor Cantu's attorney responded as of this posting. We'll update if we hear back from them.

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25 comments
Mrgreenvilleave
Mrgreenvilleave

 it's against the law for men to have to make their own sandwich .

trudat
trudat

...so much for "serve and protect"...Police brutality like this seems to be a national trend.  Check out the site - http://www.injusticeeverywhere....  I'm wonder what our good Chief has to say about this case.

The Stig
The Stig

I don't think you could get a reliable test from .1 grams, especially if it had been cut. Sounds like they had some bad intelligence, not that they had much to start with.

what'sittoyou?
what'sittoyou?

Cocaine is a hell of a drug. What? Wait a sec...0.1 grams? Are you kidding me. That ain't shit!

                                Sincerely,                                The Ghost of Rick James

Guest
Guest

Do you know how much you have to bleed to fill an entire pool?

Paul
Paul

Are you sure that it wasn't some left over pool cue chalk?

Lee
Lee

Better call Saul!

james
james

if an innocent person gets scared and defends themselves, the system will call them a cop killer and murderer.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Wow, thats overkill...Here's hoping the guy wins in court as even most cops would agree this was true brutality..

Diana Powe
Diana Powe

If we weren't engaging in the suffocatingly stupid "War On Drugs" then we wouldn't have these kinds of problems.

Don'tTread
Don'tTread

How many of these "no knock" raids/searches have to go wrong like this before judges stop signing off on them?

Albert
Albert

99 more such raids, and DPD has a gram of coke for the boys.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Loss of vision in his left ear????

I didn't go to med school but that doesn't seem right. 

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Poor fella, blind in one ear. That's a bitch.

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

If I had people throwing grenades in my house, then I would also keep a sawed off shotgun and nun-chucks nearby! 

ts
ts

They've got .99 problems, but the .1 ain't one.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

I think Wilonsky inserts these little nuggets on purpose, sorta his own whacky version of Where's Waldo.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Have I said yet that yesterday was a long day? Fixed whilst I come up with another excuse for bad editing. Note to self: Step it up.

Paul
Paul

 ... and can't hear in the other eye ...

Albert
Albert

Just add some billiard chalk.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

You better get your s*6t right or you may not have a job around here in a couple of weeks time.

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