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Cop Receives 90 Days Probation For 'Official Oppression'

A Beaumont police officer convicted of official oppression in a 2007 traffic stop was sentenced today to 90 days of probation.

James Cody Guedry was convicted by a jury in December. He had stunned unarmed passenger Derrick Newman twice with a Taser in an Aug. 24, 2007, traffic stop on a South End street.

Guedry could have received up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

His attorney, Mitch Adams, asked Judge John Stevens to sentence Guedry to only a $1 fine.

Former officer David Todd Burke, who was also found guilty of official oppression in September for repeatedly striking Newman with a baton during the same traffic stop, was sentenced to one year's probation. Burke, who is no longer employed with Beaumont police, is appealing his case.

Adams told the court that Guedry led a fine upstanding life as a productive member of society. "He did at the time what he believed was proper to do and based on orders given," he said.

Standing before the bench in a dark suit, Guedry remained silent.

Before pronouncing sentence, Stevens read aloud from a sentencing memorandum he had prepared.

Stevens said Guedry, a rookie officer, was in a "no-win" situation the night he was ordered by his superior officers to shock Newman with the Taser.

"Cody Guedry was required to follow orders of his superiors," Stevens said. "He is convicted because, in following orders, illegal force was used."

While the judge pointed out the jury verdict "clearly states that the degree of force used against Newman in the particular circumstances of this case was unnecessary and constituted unlawful mistreatment," he also said "few rookie officers, if any, in this situation would have acted differently."

Stevens also said, "Of course, this does not satisfy Derrick Newman, who wonders what he did to deserve repeated strikes with a club by one officer, and a double tasing by another officer."

Several law enforcement members and supporters, including Chief Frank Coffin and ministers with the Clergy Police Partnership, attended today's sentencing.

After the proceeding, the chief said he agreed with everything the judge said except for the fact that Coffin doesn't believe Guedry is guilty of official oppression.

Coffin emphasized that police officers are out in the community every day doing the best job they can to protect the people.

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  • HELP! HELP! I'M BEING OPPRESSED!

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  • That guys mouth NEVER stopped running. But I can't see any reason why that cop started clubbin dude on the car.

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    • he probably treats his wife the same way and didnt like her yesterdays reaction

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    • He must be a real well known hardcore gangbanger I'm guessing because he was picked out!

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    • HC gangbanger or not, I don't care if he's the spawn of Chuck Manson (yes, pun intended, but no one will get it.), and Ted Bundy combined..........it's not a cops job to deliver punishment due to someones criminal career.

      But you're right, that's the only thing I can think of. Maybe some other reasons too.

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    • Are you blind? Just like the jury? The guy didn't give up his right hand and resisted! I can't believe a jury convicted the cop. Must have been a bunch of bleeding heart liberal LiveLeakers on the jury.

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    • Yes. I may be blind, and I may have missed many things after watching the video, but I find it impossibly moronic why that would add up to me being, "liberal" you fucking asshole!

      Fuck you, ya fuckin' dick.

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  • land of the free = not so free

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  • Why do police treat our tax money like it is vacation pay.
    Fuck the police.

    Posted Jan-19-2011 By 

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    • Cops pay taxes too. Maybe you should join and show them how to really do the job?

      Posted Jan-20-2011 By 

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    • That's OK. Most of those cops be out of work soon. System is broke and the people gonna riot like Egypt. And, them guys are gonna get payback. Too bad they make the few good cops get hated. Cops are just bullies.

      Posted Feb-11-2011 By 

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  • Typical police bullshit, the guy was doing nothing that would warrant the use of a taser.
    Every fucking one of them should be fired, then arrested for assault & battery.

    Posted Jan-19-2011 By 

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  • So there is such a thing as being officially oppressed, and unofficially oppressed?

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  • Yep. That's excessive. I'm glad I'm not a cop because I'd have been sorely tempted to whup both of them.

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  • obviously the are not the best citizens of the Beaumont

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  • Shame on the low life police. They should have gone to jail.

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  • this looks like 1960's era america, racist fucking pig. if all the blacks decide to rise up and have a slave rebellion like Spartacus the pigs would all run/die like the LAPD in 92, 96

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  • Meanwhile, all that lip flapping caused a tsunami that left 243,542 people homeless.

    Posted Jan-19-2011 By 

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  • They should have watch Chris Rock's HOW NOT TO GET YO ASS KICKED BY THE POLICE before they went out.

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  • I listened to it on mute.
    Those two guys at the car looked pretty suprised/scared at how their buddy was being treated and because of that they were complying to the officers orders. they didn't look like they were going to be a threat. (but wtf do I know)... I thought the clubbing was completely uncalled for... simply, mean.

    that dude didn't earn that beating.

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  • Didnt see anything wrong here really.. these "fine citizens" were mouthing off to the cops like crazy, and they probably got stopped and all that for a reason.

    This "fuck you pig" attitude they clearly have, with no respect at all for anyone really, is very evident. They shout and scream about their respect crap, but its all about recieving, not the other way around.

    Cops put them in their place right here, probably would make them ACTUALLY respect the police a little mor More..

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    • You just love sucking the state's dick don't you?

      Mouthing off does not give these police the right to use a baton and electro torture on a fellow human being, regardless of what American media has brainwashed you to believe. The police do not own us, and have no legitimate authority over us. Wake the fuck up mate.

      Posted Jan-19-2011 By 

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    • This is not about sucking anyones dick you tard, try to stay objective.
      Maybe you think anarchy is the way to go but I dont. However that does not imply that I support fascism or similar, as many of you imbesiles in society-dynamics use as an argument.

      This is not a case of where police just randomly beats some dude the fuck up either. The situation was obviously quite tens and could explode, these people were stopped for some reasons, and the police are trained to GET CONTROL of the situation More..

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    • I got a kick out of the police TRAINED statment!! Fat cop cant even walk, uses a baton and not his inspiring word, sixteen dollar an hour yokal local. is going to be sued and fined for what he did and you blame the victims.

      Posted Jan-20-2011 By 

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    • While it's hard to see exactly what happened in the video, and I'm not going to say what the cop did was justified, I agree wholeheartedly with your basic statement - comply, and you won't get the shit beat out of you.

      Of course, this still doesn't excuse blatant abuse of authority, but calling a cop "motherfucker" repeatedly is probably not a good idea.

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    • Not trained as in physically trained you dumb prick!

      Trained as in being mentally prepared etc.

      Yea but I understand how you see it.
      I guess if some crazy fuck on meth breaks into your house with an axe, dont bother calling 911 for your "lokal yokal" idiots for help then, huh? They are just 16$ an hour fatties, youre better of on your own in a tight spot!

      Retard.

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  • Never a shortage of police brutality on Liveleak. These fucking pigs deserve to be thrown in jail for a few years. 90 days probation? Heh.

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  • I usually take shots at the nigs when I watch vids of them acting like morons or thieves but in this case they didnt do a damn thing to deserve a beating. Hope the racist pig loses his job and ends up working at walmart!

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  • A everyday occurrence .Just never publicized.

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  • Pigs in blue doing their thing.

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  • Is that Biggie Smalls in the white??

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  • The cop probably figured he could get away with it cause they had that big dude laying out on the hood blocking the dashboard cam.

    I hate cowards who think they can't be touched, the guy deserves a beating with one of those night sticks

    Posted Jan-19-2011 By 

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  • Typical Texas and there is so much more, http://abadgedisgraced.blogspot.com/

    Posted Jan-19-2011 By 

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  • That's one tough white gang to be able to beat nyggerz like that.

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  • "chief said he agreed with everything the judge said except for the fact that Coffin doesn't believe Guedry is guilty of official oppression."

    What a shocker...a police officer that believes his opinion over the law and reality. Not only did a judge agree with the guilty verdict, but 12 random people also agreed, and this man still can't admit to reality because then he might have to admit it's HIS policy decisions that created this mess to begin with.

    Hopefully the town of Beau More..

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  • I love reading comments from the same crowd who constantly talk about "small government" and yet they get aroused when government employees violate the rights of a citizen and empowers the notion of government...if you're gonna be a right wing conservative, please, be consistent...

    Posted Jan-20-2011 By 

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  • yea typical american police, twats!

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