Pennsylvania Cops Arrest Family Twice in 2 Days for Loitering in own Front Yard

Chester Township police said family members cursed at them.

For the second time in two days, police in Pennsylvania arrested a family for loitering in front of their own house.

The first time took place on October 1 when Chester Township police arrested a group of young men playing with their nephews in their front yard.

The second time took place on October 2 when the young men who had been arrested were returning home after spending the night in jail and were being greeted by family members in front of their home.

In trying to justify the arrests, Chester Township police said the family cursed at them the second time around and one man kicked a window of a cop car, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by Fox 29.

Cellphone video from the scene shows cops pulling one man, Ramir Briggs, off his family's porch and throwing him to the ground.

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Rachel Briggs who lives at the home told KYW News Radio it was a traumatizing experience

"It's a terrifying thing. It makes me feel as though the police can knock down your door, and drag you out of your home at anytime. This is an incident that made me feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home," Briggs said.

She said everything started they day before, on Oct. 1, when Officer Pasquale Storace III arrested her sons and nephew for loitering while they were playing in her front yard.

"The gentleman were taken to jail, they had high bails placed on them. The families scrambled to get their money together, they were able to get them out the next day," she explained.

When the young men, who are black, were released from jail, they were greeted by family members on that same lawn where they were arrested. Kevin Mincey, the family's lawyer, said that's when officer Storace, who is white, showed up and decided to re-arrest them as well as several other members of their family.

The Briggs family said there are no "no loitering" signs posted in their neighborhood so they naturally assumed they would be allowed to congregate in their front yard. They have hired an attorney and plan to sue the Chester Township Police Department.

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GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

You are fully authorized, by law, to resist, with up to and including lethal force, any officer that attempts illegal arrest or torture:

“When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.

“These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.

“An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. If the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

Jonn449
Jonn449

Tick tock blue thugs, tick tock. Keep this crap up. Keep being the big bully, keep laughing at citizen's expense. What p.o.s.! Sexual perverts, murders, thieves, liars, con artists, abusers......need I go on? What really pisses me off, cops have pushed and recieved laws that say if you touch a cop, even if it's accidental, you will be charged with a felony. But they can beat the crap out of you and you can't lift a finger to protect or defend yourself. Blue thugs, keep it up. It's already started in this Country. Hardly a week goes by without a new report of some cop getting popped. Keep it up.......cops are going to cross the line, they're going to kill someone that will so enrage this country that cops will be shot on sight. American citizens have a long memory.

beebeeisnoheebee
beebeeisnoheebee

🖕🐖

dh405
dh405

Seems like someone should stand their ground against this unlawful action by city employees.

PigglyWiggly
PigglyWiggly

You are an asshole.

stk33
stk33

If town statute says that the cops can stop and question anyone, and you refuse to answer, you go to jail. Simple. One time was not enough, hopefully now they won't get out of jail that easy.

necroignis
necroignis

when are the cops going to start getting that they are not universally liked?

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

WOW! JUST WOW!!!! this town is going to to have a big problem! first no loitering signs in a RESIDENTIAL neighborhood, WTF where are the kids supposed to play? second, just being in your own yard is not trespassing! and can't be called loitering. third the cops knew that the family was released from jail and decided to swing by and see them standing in there front yard just to arrest them again! and we can't forget the piggys favorite, contempt of cop! swearing at them is NOT a crime!

after reading the lame ordnance in the video, it can only be applied to public sidewalks and or public property. it can NOT be applied to privet property. i have seen some bullshit ordinances, but this , fuck no! federal law has a u.s.c. that states if an ordinance is in violation of state and/or federal laws or the constitution it is deemed unlawful before the ink drys!

if this shit makes it to the supreme court, the city is fuck!