Cop arrested after handcuffing tow company employee for refusing to release his car for freeBy Mason White 10:53 AM November 4, 2014
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was arrested for handcuffing a woman for doing her job.
Joyce Smith of Texas, works at a vehicle storage yard in Harris County, where vehicles are towed and held until its owners redeem it for a fee.
One day, Smith received several calls from a man who identified himself as a Liberty County police officer. He demanded that a vehicle be released as it had been improperly towed.
Smith said that Timothy Allison, came in his sheriff’s vehicle, wearing his police uniform. He was in possession of a Taser and a gun, and demanded that the vehicle be released free of charge.
The vehicle belongs to an electrical contracting company in which he reportedly has some ownership.
Smith refused to release the vehicle without pay. The officer threatened to arrest her if the vehicle was not released.
Moments later, he did as he promised. He placed Smith in handcuffs, without telling her on what grounds she was being detained.
Her co-worker called the local police. Harris County deputies removed the handcuffs from Smith, and charged officer Allison with official oppression, a misdemeanor. He was later released after posting $1,000 bail.
However, the case has been postponed many times over the past two years, and the officer was still not brought to justice. His next court date was set for next year.
Frustrated by the lack of justice, Smith decided to sue the officer in civil court for assault and false imprisonment.