Posted: Aug 24, 2007 5:15 pm
amen to that.
cop retired- victim: "I'm tired of people trying to kill me, people trying to insult me."
from the CA:
Jonathan Simpson says he did nothing to deserve being arrested by a 26-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department last week, and he is steamed.
So steamed, in fact, that he plans to file a lawsuit over the confrontation with Insp. Don Drewry that began around 3:30 a.m. Aug. 16 at The Pancake Shop at 4838 Summer.
Drewry, who retired Thursday as a result of the incident, will no longer face an administrative hearing. But the investigation into his conduct is continuing, police spokesman Sgt. Vince Higgins said.
Higgins said there is a possibility charges could be filed against Drewry, who was a night-duty inspector in the North Precinct.
A security camera inside the restaurant captured what happened when Simpson and two members of his band, IGM, sat down after they were told a certain table was available. A prospective band manager was part of the group.
"An officer walks quickly up behind us and sits down before any of us had a chance to sit down. He said, 'This is a cops table, and you need to sit somewhere else,' " Simpson said.
Although the restaurant welcomes police officers and the implicit protection they provide, owner Bob Druien said there are no tables reserved for them.
Although the group moved, there was some talk among themselves and on a cell phone about the officer. Apparently, Drewry's behavior was called "rude," and Simpson said he was being a "jerk."
"Obviously, the officer was listening to what we were saying and he didn't like that," Simpson said.
"He said, 'You, come here. Turn around, put your hands on the table.' He started arresting me."
Shortly afterward, police cars began arriving in the parking lot -- Simpson said 12, Druien said his waitress counted 22 -- and band member Heath Joyce was also arrested.
"Obviously he thought, long hair, tattoo, showing up at three in the morning. They're just a bunch of drug addicts," said Simpson. "They just stereotyped us."
Simpson said the officers accused them of being intoxicated, but wouldn't give him a Breathalyzer test after he volunteered.
"I can drink two or three beers and be just fine. I'm a grownup. I wanted a public record of this that I'm not (drunk)," Simpson said.
Simpson said police also damaged their car while searching it. The pair spent several hours in jail before they were released the next day.
The charges were dropped, Higgins said.
Druien, saying he spent 11 years as a cop in Florida, was clearly upset a week later.
"The man was way out of line," Druien said, adding that officers have stopped eating at the restaurant.
Despite Drewry's retirement, Simpson -- who was shot in the chest during a robbery in Midtown last year -- still plans to go ahead with the lawsuit.
"I'm tired of people trying to kill me, people trying to insult me," he said.
-- Jody Callahan: 529-6531