Far too often the world becomes captivated by a viral internet video. The video is seen for a while in every feed and every site. Friends begin discussions with "did you see that....." and you have a good time laughing or shocking each other with another persons misfortunes.
When these videos are in their height call lines are flooded and lobbies are full of protesters demanding justice. People truly come together to show how powerful the voice of the people can be.
Sadly with the slow moving and harsh legal system most people never even find out the outcomes of major incidents. If the outcomes are published at all, they end up mushed together with whatever story is hot at the time and quickly forgotten.
Such is the case of Scott Damon Richardson, or as he is much better known "Addison Texas Cop Smashes Out Window" .
Mr. Richardson was pulled over for speeding in a video that was published on May 4th 2015. In that video he flexes his rights and keeps demanding a supervisor in the face of an angry cop threatening to break his window. He ends up losing his window and his freedom due to the incident but that did not stop Mr. Richardson. He gave many interviews to main stream media outlets around the country, promising in all of them to fight this thing to the very end all by himself. (see video below for interview)
Scott kept his word and refused any plea deals. He demanded his day in court in front of a jury. He said there was no way a jury would convict him for speeding.
On 9/1/2016 he was finally given his day in court. 12 Jurors did find him guilty of failing to provide his drivers licence. It is unknown why the DA chose to drop the original charges of speeding. He was given a fine of $268.00 (plus he had to pay for his window replacement and various losses due to the short time he spent in jail.)
He was able to gather himself and all his evidence together in early November 2016. He presented everything to federal court in an attempt to begin a lawsuit against the officer and even the town. On November 14 2016 a federal judge DENIED his lawsuit filing on the grounds that he had not shown proof of "detainment".
On February 6th 2017 His second attempt at filing a lawsuit was successful. His case was given a docket number and the parties were served with notice of pending litigation.
This is the final update to this story as of yet. We hope to be able to report a resolution soon, however the federal court system takes years to move a case forward. By the time this ends totally, many years will have past.
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