Ian McMurtrie aka LawDog is an author, a blogger, and a retired lieutenant from the Wichita County (TX) Sheriffs Department. He blogs at The LawDog Files and has a number of books and anthologies out including Ghosts of Malta which is excellent.
He retired from the sheriffs department in April 2020. In October 2020, he was charged with excessive use of force regarding an inmate in the jail. The charge is a misdemeanor for which he is not guilty. As Jim Curtis explained to me yesterday, it involved a very large inmate who was out of control and who had been arrested for assaulting an officer. I have read the news stories regarding LawDog’s arrest and the “excessive force” he used. It is total and utter bullshit. Indeed, the prisoner involved did not even file a complaint. The excessive force was more in line with what a nun might have used in a Catholic school to control an unruly student in days gone by.
The charge stems from internal politics within the sheriffs department. It is being made worse by a DA who is trying to bleed LawDog dry by dragging the case out over two years with numerous bogus plea deals. Cedar Sanderson gives more background. It is way more eloquent than my post.
A successful defense costs money and LawDog is at the point where he has to ask for help. A legal defense fund has been set up. You can find it here.
Jim Curtis aka Old NFO has set up a raffle for donors with some very nice prizes in order to help raise awareness and contributions. Every $20 donation gets one entry into the raffle. Prizes include a custom rifle along with some other great stuff.
I have donated and I would encourage everyone to do so as well. While you could win a raffle prize, make a donation because it is the right thing to do. If we don’t stand up for what is right in the face of an injustice, who will?
UPDATE: As of this morning, Sunday, Nov. 6th, over $36,000 has been raised for LawDog’s legal defense fund. To those who have donated, thank you. To those that plan to donate, you can still do it!
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Thanks John! Appreciate your boosting the signal!
Appreciate the signal boost. Thanks!
And people wonder why it’s hard to find folks who want to be police anymore. When all that are left on the force are the folks you don’t want to deal with, it’s garbage like this that is why.
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