Copperas Cove: Inmate files handwritten suit against officers

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) A Coryell County jail inmate has filed a handwritten federal lawsuit naming three Copperas Cove police officers as defendants in which he alleges both civil rights and criminal violations subsequent to an arrest on Oct. 27.

Michael O. Anderson, II, of Copperas Cove, who’s currently being held in the Milam County Jail as overflow from Coryell County, complains in the suit that while in custody he was sexually assaulted by two of the defendants, that when he complained about the assault other officers failed to investigate his claim fully and that the group of officers projected “the appearance of racketeering” in his case.

Part of the complaint says Copperas Cove police have a pattern of fabricating evidence, saying: “They fabricate evidence every time I’m arrested.”

He wrote in the suit that he is seeking “criminal charges as well as civil damages and relief.”

Anderson lists a local lawyer as his attorney in the lawsuit, but a telephone call to the attorney revealed while she has handled misdemeanor and felony cases for Anderson in the past, she is not and has not been asked to represent him in the federal action.

His primary civil rights complaint rests on evidence recovered during a traffic stop that he says was not properly tested before it was entered into evidence.

Copperas Cove police stopped Anderson on a traffic violation and while the officer was issuing the citation, he noticed a small scale stuffed inside the vehicle’s door panel.

In his affidavit the officer says due to his training and expertise, he recognized the scale as a type that is used to weigh drugs for sale.

He said that is ample evidence of probable cause, searched the vehicle where he found another scale and some quantity of narcotics, and arrested Anderson.

Anderson, in his lawsuit, claims since the officer did not immediately test the scale for any presence of narcotics, it was not properly vetted as evidence and should be excluded.

Anderson filed the original complaint on Nov. 27, filed a supplement to the original complaint on Dec, 14, and then U.S. District Judge Alan Albright denied Anderson leave to file a second supplemental complaint Wednesday.

There were no additional hearings on the issue docketed Wednesday.