Dallas Police v. Danny Cantu: Cops Say Suspect Ran Before They Allegedly Kicked His Ass

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Danny Cantu is a diesel mechanic who says Dallas Police tossed a flash-bang grenade through his window while he was making a sandwich. In a lawsuit filed back in January, he claims they kicked in the door and yelled, "Get on the ground!" and that he kindly obliged. Then, he claims, the officers kicked and punched him until he was unconscious and lying in a pool of his own blood.

Now, the officers in question have finally responded.

Cantu says he suffered a broken nose, a concussion, a broken orbital bone, traumatic brain injury, loss of vision in his left eye and loss of hearing in his left ear. The encounter, he alleges, was permanently disfiguring. What's more, Cantu claims it was all for nothing.

Well, nothing except 0.1 grams of cocaine (sufficient to get a Lhasa Apso mildly buzzed); a pair of nunchaku; and a sawed-off shotgun. Turns out, the police did have a search warrant for narcotics, according to a recent answer to Cantu's complaint, filed on behalf of the first officer through the door. But after the smoke cleared and Cantu was hauled downtown, they turned him loose without charge.

Whether it was a case of bad timing or bad intel, the court filings for the first time challenge Cantu's assertion that he merely stood like an obliging deer in the headlights of a SWAT-style incursion. According to the officer, Cantu "paused and then ran through the house." The officers gave chase. One of them says he "pushed Cantu forward" in the kitchen. Another says he "fell on top" of Cantu. Neither, of course, say they kicked the ever-lovin' crap out of him.

So, you know, one thing leads to another and now the sandwich-crafting diesel mechanic says his eye bone is broken.


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Cujo
Cujo

Hold it a second, don't those grenades deafen you? If that's the case, how the hell was he supposed to hear anything after that? You throw a grenade in my home, I'm running too. I'd love to know what the snitch told the cops, it seems like it was complete BS.

I can't wait for this to go to trial.

Johnnysuenami
Johnnysuenami

JONATHAN LEE RICHES SUED TRAYVON MARTIN GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

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The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Q: How many Dallas cops does it take to beat the sheeeit out of a suspect?

A: None, he fell.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

What happened to placing an officer at all the exits while one walks to the front door, knocks, and asks to speak to the resident?  Flash grenade?  I'd be running as fast as my shitted pants would permit me.

Phelps
Phelps

Unless they have video showing him clearly resisting, I'm inclined to believe his story.  Those injuries aren't consistent with being wrestled to the ground. They are constant with getting kicked in the head and face.

Larry
Larry

The 'Blue Code' = criminals with badges.

Dallas' finest... what scares me is it might be true!

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Brantley -- Lhasa Apso cocaine dosage questions spring to mind here. Since Chihuahua seem paranoid by genetics enough so that one could assume they are coke users, how does one tell if the next door house wife's Lhasa is Jonesing for some blow or just  barking at the mail carrier?  There is a Cockapoo down the street from Schutze that I am pretty sure is using meth but how wide spread is this canine drug problem?  And cats, you know they all do cat nip, from time to time.  But what are other household pets abusing?  Could these pets be dosing us too? -- Is that why the past four mayors support toll roads in a flood control area; because Spot and Rover are slipping them a Mickie?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I've always wondered why the cops, when encountering a suspect that appears to have no intent on resisting, decide to have 3 guys hold him down while they're handcuffing him or kick the crap out of him. Was the guy a guilty? Probably. Regardless, he still has rights.

james
james

i've been on a police abuse jury before. 2 sets of carefully rehearsed  lies, told by mealy-mouthed cops saying what the lawyers taught them to say.

MattL1
MattL1

For some reason, I believe the ass-kickee as opposed to the ass-kickers.

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

At least he had drugs. DPD simply kicked in my door, guns drawn, because my room-mate "looked" like the guy they were after. Then ran through my house, out the backdoor, and when I called DPD to fix the door and frame they said "we don't do that."

observist
observist

Homeland security money bought them all kinds of new paramilitary toys, and they're looking for any excuse to play with them.

Paul
Paul

 After a cat gets a good hit of catnip they usually curl up and go to sleep or head to the food bowl since they have the munchies ...

Brantley Hargrove
Brantley Hargrove

 For a Lhasa Apso, I'd say no more than a small bump. Chihuahua's, in my opinion, are the tweakers. They're always so shaky and bug-eyed.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano

 You need a much better door and deadbolt.  I suggest heavy ferrous metal for the door and jamb.

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