Local resident arrested for calling Ferris cop, ‘boy’
By 10/02/2003 00:00:00
Originally received ticket for truck light
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - C.J. Smith was ticketed and arrested Sunday, Sept. 21 for calling Ferris Officer Jose Alehandro 'boy.'
Smith, who has delivered newspapers for The Dallas Morning News to racks for many years, was originally stopped because of a rear truck light that had been illuminating as a result of inside lamp lights in his truck.
'I've driven my truck like this for years with no problem,' said Smith, who later filed a complaint against the Ferris Police Department.
He said all the officers knew about his route.
When he was pulled over by Alehandro, Smith said the officer's behavior was demanding. He quickly ordered Smith to show his driver's license and insurance, then refused to answer why Smith was being pulled over in the first place.
'I didn't even realize the light came on [in the rear],' he said.
After a period of time with the officer, Smith told Alehandro his son had been a police officer in Ferris.
Alehandro, according to Smith, said he met his son Josh Newman, 'once,' but later told him he thought a lot of Newman, who is now an officer with the Red Oak Police Department.
After handing him a ticket for the light, Alehandro said Smith could leave, so Smith said he uttered, 'if this had been any other cop, he would have let me go, boy.'
After the statement, Smith was again followed and then pulled over, this time with Alehandro instructing him to get out of his vehicle.
Smith then said he was ordered against the hood and put in handcuffs.
He said Alehandro called for a tow truck for Smith's vehicle and, after being detained in the squad car 'until my arms went to sleep,' Acting Chief Mike Zaidel arrived on the scene and Smith was released, Smith said.
Smith's original ticket was then marked, 'warning' and the officers let him go.
Attempts to retrieve the police cruiser's video tape was unsuccessful; the Ferris Police Department claimed tape 'was no good.'
Zaidel and Alehandro did not return calls for comment.