Family court can be tough enough, but imagine you go to a hearing and are suddenly arrested in front of your crying 2-year-old -- all because you dared to complain that a court marshal brought you into a side room and felt you up and asked you to lift up your shirt. Several employees and managers of Clark County Family Court in Las Vegas are under investigation after the incident, which was all caught on videotape. It often seems to be those who are given a little power who think they're Napoleon, and that seems to be the case with court marshal Ron Fox, who inexplicably arrests mom Monica Contreras because she complains to the judge that Fox had touched her inappropriately.
It all started when Fox suddenly told Contreras, who was only in court for a few minutes on a routine divorce case, to go into a side room for an unexplained drug search. When she comes out of the room, she approaches the judge who had been listening to her case, and tells her that the marshal had touched her inappropriately. She says she had asked him for a female marshal to be present but he had ignored her. The entire time she tries to tell the judge what happened, the judge ignores her and plays with Conteras' child.
Suddenly, the same marshal orders her arrested. A second marshal approaches and tries to put cuffs on her. Contreras is obviously stunned and begins pleading, "For what, sir? Why would I be arrested? Can you please tell me?"
Fox then pipes up and says, "Because of false allegations made against a police officer." There is no such law. A person is allowed to claim assault without being arrested for the claim. Can you imagine the country we'd live in otherwise?!!
She is then told the only way she will avoid jail is by recanting her story. But instead she steps up to a microphone and repeats her story. Good for her!
At this point she is arrested as her daughter wails, "Sir, don't take momma!"
The entire time, the female judge, Patricia Donninger, acts as if she's in a world of her own and doesn't even know what's going on. Not once does she speak to the woman or even the marshals. Contreras is hauled off to jail and her child is sent to child services. I can't imagine how traumatic this was for the girl.
Six months later, the woman's story was validated by an investigation and the marshal Fox was fired. But apparently nothing has happened so far to this hideous judge, who allowed a false arrest right in front of her. She needs to be canned pronto.
You think this kind of thing can't happen in the USA, but it does. Ohhh, it does. Remember the man in solitary confinement for two years over an unproved DUI?
This court is also under investigation for numerous other claims of assault.
Check out the disturbing video:
Do you think this woman should have been arrested? Have you ever been falsely arrested?
Image via 8 KLAS -TV Las Vegas