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Don Ciaccio

Just like there are bad programmers & barbers, there are bad police officers. They should all be fired immediately along with Chief Porretto, who has a long history of being a hot head himself. Time to clean out the bad apples and the grocer who kept them in his barrel.

Evelyn Clark

Don23, I agree. I have been her over 70+ years and the Chief was a very bad apple.I guess its not what you know , its who you know.

I remember when the cheif took home a gun thay was in a bad Cop mess, and he was able to keep his JOB. [sad ][sad [sad]

Don Ciaccio

One wouldn't think an officer with a known past of brutality and being in trouble so often could become the chief of police. In this case, the explanation is very simple - Porretto's mom worked on Rosen's campaign. Follow the political payback dots.

Mike Meador

Yeah, they are always bad cops until you need one.....at your house, at your accident or at the melee going on at a wedding.

Jeff Smith

Capt. Frankland is a professional and one hell of a good cop who has served the Island with meritorious service.

Steve Fouga

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison summed up the reaction to the jury’s verdict. “I suspect that both sides are in some measure disappointed,” Ellison said.

LOL!!! Was he giggling when he said it? The City is probably turning handsprings over this verdict!

I'm happy this turned out favorably for the cops. In my admittedly short time living here I've been nothing but impressed by Chief Porretto's department.

George Croix

Have it re-tried?
On what gounds?
Jury didn't give you what you wanted?
Is that against the law, too.....?

Don Ciaccio

If the jury deadlocked on Backe's part, he is entitled to have the case re-tried. It's how the law works.

George Croix

Thank you for your reply.
If only I were a lawyer, inhouse or outhouse, I'd have known that.
Personally, I've never been snockered enough to have the Police need to get into close proximity, so have no experience at post lawsuit followups.
Here's hoping Backe gets a new jury that awards him everything that he honestly has coming to him...

Susan Smith

What baseball career??

Don Ciaccio

Our next multi-million $$$ lawsuit is coming.

Kim Etheridge

Holy $#!+.

Bruce Blankenship

The jury found that Capt. Byron Frankland, Sgt. Douglas Balli and officers Dannie Simpson II and John Rutherford used excessive force against members of the wedding party. ENOUGH SAID, then why were the plaintiffs not awarded the money requested in their suit for the mental and physical anguish they have suffered and continued for the past five years. I personally know a lot of the plaintiffs, they are awesome citizens in our county.
Yes, there are very good Galveston Police Officers, but the officers who arrived this night at H2O let their testerone overcome their reactions due to the idle time after Hurricane Ike. It is a shame, the police sadly mistreated any human being who got in their way. I remember the police roughed up a Federal Employee assigned to Galveston for Hurricane Ike Relief.

George Croix

I would hope the lower award was because the jury decided that trying to get money off anguish is not as close to justice as having one's actual losses made whole, and did so AFTER deciding, in their opinion, that was the cases here. I hope it was not just a knee jerk due to some of the other claims made in this County.
Unfortunately, the peopel guilty of inflating or even outright lying about their 'harm' have begun to poison the well for those who actually deserve to be compensated.
I didn't hear any of the testimony, and know none of the plaintiffs personally, so have no idea whether or to what degree compensation was warranted in this case. But I do know for an eyewitness fact that, in this county, too many 'awards' have been given to flat out liars looking to cash in. THAT fact cannot help but influence juries at some point. It's a shame that scammers may well prevent honest people, like some of these may well have been, from getting what they deserve.
And a bigger shame that people sworn to uphold the law, justice, represent them.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Chief Porretto is one of the better police officers I have had interaction with in my life. Not just in Galveston but, worldwide. Fair, reasonable and trying to be helpful to law-abiding citizens. Bob Pierce is another. Galveston is fortunate to have Porretto as Chief for the City and Pierce as Chief for the Port. Period.

If one choses to argue and fight with policemen, whether shortly after a hurricane or any other time, that is one's own prerogative but; accept the consequences of that choice. Usually they lie somewhere be unpleasant and disastrous.

I would definitely not say that only a drunken fool would argue and fight with the police (may have done it once or twice myself, can't remember) but, only a naïve man-child with an exaggerated sense of entitlement and importance would fail to anticipate and accept the inevitable result.

Don Ciaccio

They used excessive force on a weddint party. Period. So said a jury. Take a look at the link I posted from Youtube. Watch the video that will get us sued again because Porretto won't fire rogue officers that assault citizens. Look up the Ryan Sullivan Case. Three of our finest assaulted & hospitalized a promenient business man. We have quite a history of rogue officers that the chief sees no problem with, manly because he was one to. Check his history. We need a new police chief. Rosen knowingly put in a hot head as a political payback.

Don Ciaccio

I agree Gecroix

Testing Free

Everybody wanna be Rodney King and cash in millions.

Everybody wanna be Jim Adler and sue big.

Keep your money and be happy and get a job.

Backe's career started ending when he started to suck. The only thing he was known for was coming from the Whitecaps. if he were from Mobile no one would've knew his name.

Stuart Crouch

True & all relevant points. Backe should just go away.

Chris Gimenez

The only thing that provides an impetus to correct abuses by law enforcement is the continued awarding of huge damages to plaintiffs. When city leaders are choking on the payouts they'll finally reorganize LE leadership and make the changes. Otherwise, it's a "look the other way" problem.


George Croix

I dunno...I just can't go along with the tomfoolery so common these days of exhorbitant 'awards' for 'damages' that in many cases really are just the imaginings of the 'harmed', if not the outright mendacity of them. Saw personally and/or heard of TOO MANY absolutely PHONY scammers in the last few years ripping off others, just because some shyster encouraged them to do so, and they were of low enough character to be led. THOUSANDS of them, in just this PAnt little county.
How about arranging it such that the accused civil servant, if found to be at fault in court, is FIRED, and the person REALLY harmed made whole, not rich.
That saves the taxpayers from having to fund somebody 'neck bracing' for the jury and a bankroll, saves them paying the salary of a bad apple any more, and still allows the plaintiff to be compensated for their true loss.

Island Lover

Unless the civil servant was only doing their job and the " harmed" person is just scamming everyone. Juries sometimes get things wrong.

George Croix

Point taken.
However, the imperfect justice system is the only one we've got.
What would you suggest as an alternative way to remove bad apple civil servants?
No doubt there is more than one way to skin a legal cat that would work satisfactorily.
For that matter I'd like to see bad apple scammers get their just deserts, too, along with their facilitators.
I freely admit my opinion is HEAVILY influenced, if not outright prejudiced, by my own experience(s) as an eyewitness to and even particiapnt in events that were later subverted for illegitimate personal gain by unscrupulous people, and their legal representation.
So, that's just me....

Carlos Ponce

Hey, how much is a Brandon Backe signed baseball selling for now? My sister has a bunch of them.

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