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Wed Dec 30, 2020, 12:04 PM

Trump's worst pardon is one you haven't heard about

Earlier DU thread: https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016281441


Source: Washington Post

Trumpís worst pardon is one you havenít heard about

Opinion by Alex Busansky
12/29/2020, 3:29:18 p.m.
Alex Busansky, president of Impact Justice, was a lawyer in the Justice Departmentís civil rights division.

Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Charles Kushner, Stephanie Mohr. Youíve probably heard about President Trumpís odious pre-Christmas pardons for the first three ó and nothing about Mohr, a former Prince Georgeís County police officer. But Mohrís pardon ó for violating a homeless manís civil rights by unleashing her K-9 on him ó is equally, if not more undeserving. Of all the acts to pardon in a year that witnessed the killing of George Floyd, it is the most insensitive and inflaming.

I know; I was part of the team at the Justice Departmentís civil rights division that helped prosecute Mohr in 2001.

In the middle of the night on Sept. 21, 1995, a local Prince Georgeís County police burglary stakeout unit found two homeless men on the empty roof of a business, eating food they had found in the trash in Takoma Park, Md. Ordered down from the roof, Ricardo Mendez and his friend willingly climbed down. Lit by a police helicopter above and facing a brick wall, the two men were surrounded by police officers, some with guns drawn, and Mohr holding her German shepherd on a leash. Both men obeyed commands and stood facing the wall with their hands up.

It should have been over. It wasnít.

A police sergeant later testified that he was approached by Mohrís supervising officer who said, ďHey Sarge, we got a new dog. Mind if it gets a bite?Ē The sergeant gave consent, and Mohr set her dog to attack Mendez, an undocumented immigrant whose only crime was seeking a safe place to eat and sleep. Mohr testified that she was doing her job as trained, and the victim needed ďonly 10 stitches.Ē

Think about that: only 10 stitches. Mohr disregarded her training to give her dog a taste of flesh and blood.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/12/29/trump-pardons-stephanie-mohr-prince-georges/

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 12:34 PM

1. Can't say that I agree

I could easily agree with a claim that the pardon was the wrong decision... but not worse than some of his other pardons.

It didnít let her out of prison
It didnít keep her from being prosecuted in the future
It isnít connected to protecting Trump from what he deserves

From what Iíve read... the K9 division had years of such abuses without consequences. Then the first woman on the force does what her boss and her training tell her to do... and she becomes the scapegoat?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 05:17 PM

2. What did the pardon give her? She served 10 years

Since she was convicted and was released after serving 10 years,
What does this pardon mean?
That she is eligible to be rehired as a police officer?
That she escapes any civil liability?
That she has bragging rights that she was wrongly convicted?

Is there more to this?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Feb 2, 2021, 11:15 AM

3. What a piece of garbage.

That shows how racist Trump was to pardon her.

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