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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:56 AM

Undercover deputy targeted mentally disabled teen, parents say

It was the start of his first year at Chaparral High School in Temecula (CA) and he’d found a new friend — his only friend — Daniel Briggs.

They had art class together.

Doug and Catherine Snodgrass said they were happy when their son, then 17, told them about Daniel. They said their son’s autism makes social interaction difficult for him and he has had few friends in his life.

“We told him, ‘Why don’t you have him come over?’” Doug Snodgrass said.

But Daniel kept putting their son off.

“He would always have some bizarre excuse,” Catherine Snodgrass said.

Later, they found out why. “Daniel Briggs” was actually Deputy Daniel Zipperstein of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, they said. He posed as a student for several months in an effort to ferret out drug dealing on campus.


The Snodgrasses said the deputy began pressuring their son for drugs almost immediately after they met, sending him dozens of text messages.

The deputy told their son he was “desperate,” they said, and asked not only for marijuana but his prescription clonazepam.

The teen didn’t have access to prescription drugs — his parents control his medication. But eventually, they said, their son obtained small amounts of marijuana and twice sold it to the deputy for $20 near campus. He later told his parents he had bought the marijuana from a homeless man on the street.


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Reply Undercover deputy targeted mentally disabled teen, parents say (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:05 PM

1. This man and his superiors are the type of people

that need to be kicked in the "family jewels" over and over while going through sensitivity training and how not to be completely stupid classes.

P.S. I hope these bastards are thrown out of the Police Department and the Department is forced to pay a huge amount of money for emotional distress. As a 24 year old with Aspergers, I know how emotionally harmful even having to deal with the Police can be. I had a terrible panic attack when I got pulled over for the first time a few months ago and it would have been 100 times worst if my girlfriend had not been in the car, I can only imagine being arrested for something that a cop pushed you into doing. And people wonder why the public does not trust the Police Officers anymore. Fuck these ass hats.

P.P.S. The Principal, any Teachers who were complacent and the School Board all need to be sued for emotional distress and everything else in the books.

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:19 PM

2. How the hell can courts let this shit stand?

The very reasons why it is illegal to have sex with minors are the same reasons this crap ought to be illegal. Society has decided that minors have not fully developed the capacity to make truly informed consent and are particularly susceptible to coercion; which is what these sting operations involve.

The courts have their heads up their asses on this.

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:23 PM

3. Unfortunately, this is all too common:

law enforcement targeting people with disabilities, especially cognitive disabilities, for entrapment and prosecution.

Robert Perske has spent decades exposing and advocating against this sort of persecution. He's written a couple of books on the topic--Deadly Innocence, and Unequal Justice. There was a PBS documentary done about his work: A Passion for Justice.

Of particular concern is how people labeled "mentally retarded" are often tricked into confessing to crimes they didn't commit. Children with mental disabilities are often taught to be compliant to authority figures, told that "the police are your friends." This can make it very easy for the police to then manipulate them as young adults into waiving their legal rights, allowing illegal searches, even making false confessions.

Often these folks have no idea what they're signing. The jury is presented with a signed "confession" with details "only the perpetrator could know" (but which, of course, were also known to the police) and are all too willing to convict, especially if the defendant seems "odd" or "peculiar"--for instance someone with Asperger's or a similar disability.

And all this recent garbage from the NRA and pro-gunners stigmatizing people with mental disabilities isn't helping.

You can find out more about Perske by going to: http://www.robertperske.com/

You can check out a case of someone with a disability being railroaded into prison by going to: http://www.friendsofrichardlapointe.com

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:52 PM

4. this story has been on DU

via a link to a DK story written by the mom. she has a petition online: http://www.temeculapost.com/petition/

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:55 PM

5. your courts have for-profit prisons to fill so screw your legal rights ok? nt

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