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you won't believe what the darn cops did to

and how he is getting back at their asses. Way to go Dudley!
Let's unite and fight the pigs, and pound 'em back into submission
Caveat Lector-

Meet Dudley Hiibel. He's a 59 year old cowboy who owns a small ranch outside of Winnemucca, Nevada. He lives a simple life, but he's his own man. You probably never would have heard of Dudley Hiibel if it weren't for his belief in the U.S. Constitution.

One balmy May evening back in 2000, Dudley was standing around minding his own business when all of a sudden, a policeman pulled-up and demanded that Dudley produce his ID. Dudley, having done nothing wrong, declined. He was arrested and charged with "failure to cooperate" for refusing to show ID on demand. And it's all on video.

On the 22nd of March 2004, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Dudley and the rest of us live in a free society, or in a country where we must show "the papers" whenever a cop demands them.

Welcome to Humboldt County. Papers, Please.
No? You're Under Arrest.
On the evening of the 21st of May, 2000, Dudley Hiibel stepped out of his red 1988 GMC pick-up truck and lit a cigarette. The pick-up was parked on the side of Grass Valley Road, a rural stretch of asphalt that leads out of the mining town of Winnemucca into the rural cattle ranching area where Dudley lives and farms.

Grass Valley Road, where the incident occurred.
The pick-up had been driven by Dudley's 17 year-old daughter Mimi, with whom Dudley had been having an argument over a boy Dudley didn't approve of that she'd been seeing in town. Mimi got mad at her dad and punched him in the shoulder. They continued shouting at one another as they drove back to to the ranch, and Mimi eventually pulled over the truck after her dad said he wanted out.

That's what Dudley Hiibel was doing that May evening in 2000: standing on the side of Grass Valley Road smoking a cigarette, his elbow resting on the rolled-down passenger window, talking with his daughter.

Then the police arrived.

Deputy Lee Dove of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department came on the scene - siren a-wailing - in response to a domestic violence report. Someone saw Mimi arguing with her dad and thought it had come to blows. The witness said that he saw "a man with a black cowboy hat" who "slugged the female". Dove was there to investigate the report.

Everything that happened next is all on videotape... you be the judge.

If you think that the first thing Deputy Dove would do on the scene would be to make sure the 'slugged female' was all right, you would be wrong. Deputy Dove never asked or even looked at Mimi until she had been thrown to the ground face-first and handcuffed.

Deputy Lee Dove's ideas on law enforcement are not those of the average American.
But that comes later in the story.

Rather than investigate the complaint, Deputy Dove (who has twice had evidence he collected suppressed by the court) instead began to demand Dudley Hiibel show his ID. Eleven times Dove demanded Dudley show 'his papers'. Dudley asked a simple question: why?

"Because I'm investigating", said Dove.

"Investigating what?" Dudley asked.

"I'm investigating an investigation" was Dove's non-reply.

Eleven times Dove demanded Dudley's ID. And when the Deputy decided Dudley wasn't "going to cooperate", he cuffed, then tossed him in the back of his patrol car.

And It Didn't Stop There
Meanwhile, Dudley's daughter was watching the encounter between her dad and the Law from the cab of the pick-up truck. You can hear her screaming "Nooo" as her father is being handcuffed.

Another policeman, a Nevada state trooper by the name of Merschel, was on the scene and was holding the door of the pick-up truck shut so that Mimi couldn't get out. Screaming, she finally forced the door open only to be thrown face down into the hard dirt by the side of the road by Trooper Merschel.

The video is almost too painful to watch at this point. A second trooper climbs on top of Mimi and he and Trooper Merschel brutally pin 17 year-old Mimi to the ground and slap on the cuffs.

Dudley and his pick-up.
With Dudley Hiibel arrested for refusing to show ID and his daughter Mimi beaten and in handcuffs, Deputy Lee Dove now comes over to talk to Mimi and 'investigate'.

The Aftermath
Dudley Hiibel was charged with Domestic Battery, Battery, Acts Which Constitute Domestic Violence, and Obstructing/Delaying A Peace Officer. As there was no battery or domestic violence involved, the only charge that was left was Delaying A Peace Officer. By refusing to show Deputy Lee Dove his ID, Dudley was fined $250.00 . He's appealling it all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

It is this very charge that is now coming before the U.S. Supreme Court on the 22nd of March. The question before the Court is this: Did Dudley's refusal to show ID give Deputy Dove the probable cause needed to arrest him? Or is it the Constitutional right of every American to just say 'no' when asked to produce 'the papers'?

Mimi Hiibel was hauled-off to juvenile detention and charged with resisting arrest. In court, her father asked the judge a simple question: what charge was Mimi arrested for resisting? The case was dismissed.

Watch the video. See the incident unfold. You decide...


Indeed.... 23.Feb.2004 23:53

Tony Blair's dog

way to go!

This will be interesting story to follow up.

Thanks for the post.

This is exactly what happened.... 24.Feb.2004 00:28


...in the cases of Bill Ellis and Brent Was here in Portland.

Both were asked for ID by Officer Leo Besner during anti-war protests - both refused. Both were roughed up and arrested by Besner and other officers. Ellis was pepper-sprayed at point-blank range by Officer Larry Graham. Was (a minister!) was roughly arrested, and the RRT advanced into the Belmont neighborhood like an occupying army.

Both were charged with "interfering with a police officer". Was's case was quickly dropped, and the city settled out of court. Ellis's case was dropped on Jan. 24, and his lawsuit against the city is in discovery.

that's horrible about these local cops 24.Feb.2004 04:20

being like Nazi thugs

so, are these two assholes--Besner & Graham--still on the local police force?
can someone post their pictures, their vital infor so the rest of us can see
and know what they look like? we need to recognize these kind, so when we see
them, we can deal accordingly.



sure seem to have some pretty meanspirited police. why do you put up with them?

Scapegoats 24.Feb.2004 07:19


The city of Portland does not treat cop problems as cancer. We just blame it on the police chief and fire him.

this Graham is a neighbor 24.Feb.2004 09:29

that we don't like

as he is jerk. his wife is dizzy and he is eat up with himself.

Opinions are wonderful things. 24.Mar.2004 08:53

black guy

We live in the U.S.A. and in this country; unless it is in a specific situation we don't NEED to show I.D. to any officer of the law. This was NOT one of those narrowly defined situations. The Nevada law goes contrary to federal law and federal Law trumps state law.

Yes, there is a reason that cops are taught to "Control a situation" for their protection and the protection of the public that they are sworn to protect. But some police officers do it because that's the way they are trained IMHO most police officers do it because they "can". This just reinforces the bullies with badges view of the cops. I now reside in a small town in the hills of Pa. where I have been a suspect many times in "Walking" and "Driving" "while black" And all times I had to let the officer know that I was not resisting arrest but I would NOT comply with an "Un-lawful" request or order. And every time after I explained that I had knowledge of what they could and couldn't do they backed off.

But here in lies the rub I have reported crimes against my person and property and gotten no help at all. This is malfeasance and is against the law as well but what do they care? I'm just that black guy that thinks I "know too much to do what I'm told." And why can they get away with it? Because they know who I am and where I live. This is what I know from what I have experienced and know. This man was doing his patriotic duty, just as the police were doing their job.

Now it is up to the courts to do theirs.

Opinions are wonderful things.