Chicago. One of the primary homes of U.S. anti-gun zealots like [moron] Mayor Daley. It's also the home of Chicago police detective Vincent Humphrey. The case dates back to October 2009, when Humphrey was outside his home with a few other people.
They were approached by members of Chicago's tactical squad. Humphrey identified himself as a police officer, but didn't show his badge because he thought he'd left his wallet inside his home. When the tactical officers said they wanted to go into his home to get his wallet, he refused them entry, as is his right.
That apparently ticked off the Tac Team, and Humphrey was immediately handcuffed, and upon being searched, his wallet was found in one of his pockets.
They eventually took him to the building where he works, in handcuffs. Pretty humiliating for the good detective, I'm sure.
I bet he's feeling better today though, after being awarded what one blogger called "The Ghetto Lottery" -- $200,000 in damages.
During the trial, Humphrey testified about the emotional toll the arrest took on him, particularly to later bump into the same officers at his workplace.
"It just depresses me, and it just stresses me out," he told jurors. "... It doesn't make work a good place to be."
Now, before you start feeling all sorry for Detective Humphrey and all the "stress" he's been through, there is a thing or two you need to know about the good detective.
It starts with the case of Leonard Robinson, who was charged with first degree murder in the death of a three-year-old boy. While Robinson was inside a Chicago PD interrogation room, allegedly being beaten for three days, Detective Humphrey was over at Robinson's house trying to have sex with Robinson's wife.
Robinson was arrested in September 2004 on a domestic battery charge, and over the course of three days he was allegedly beaten by detective Jack Boock in an attempt to force him to confess to killing three-year-old Diamonte Williams. "They handcuffed me to a wall and beat me with a TV antenna," Robinson told the Tribune. "Kicked me, stomped me, spit on me. Did that for like three days, from Sunday to Tuesday. I was thinking, why would they do this?" he said. "It's not like I'm a troublemaker, I've got no criminal record. Why pick on me?" (Read the comments on this article for an extra special treat!)
The lawsuit also claims that while Robinson was being held in Cook County jail awaiting trial, a second detective, Vincent Humphrey, was soliciting his wife for sex. Phone records show that Humphrey, who claimed that he heard Robinson confess to the murder, called Mrs. Robinson 17 times, sometimes in the middle of the night. "After he met her, he decided that he was going to continue to call her and to pursue her and to have a sexual relationship with her," said Andre Grant, Robinson's attorney, told ABC7. According to Grant, Humphrey asked her what her bra and pantie sizes are, offered her an apartment in his building, a job in a restaurant, and requested oral sex.
Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan, in his ruling, said that Humphrey was "hitting on Mrs. Robinson at the time that he's the one saying that her husband made an oral confession."
And now comes the best part for the man who just won the "Ghetto Lottery" -- despite the judge's written ruling AND a complaint filed with the Chicago Police Department, the good Detective Humphrey has never been disciplined for his abhorrent and classless behaviour.
Now, Chicago PD spokeswoman Monique Bond says:
"There are many officers who have been relieved of powers that the media and the public doesn't even know about... since Superintendent Weis has taken the helm."
If that's true, fantastic.
The question that remains unanswered, of course, is why Detective Vincent Humphrey isn't one of them.