Donson arrested after being kept from attorney and family for four days

December 28, 2011

The daily newspaper reports today that Robert Donson has been arrested on charges associated with his shooting at Tom Ann Buddy’s Liquor Store last Friday. The man, who is in Baptist Hospital, is charged with felony counts of assault, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed weapon.

The arrest warrant was issued four days after he was shot by Police Officer Shawn Thompson. During those four days, Donson was kept from his family and attorney. Only the police were allowed to see him. Yesterday, Donson’s attorney and sister were made to wait two and half hours at Baptist Hospital before they were finally allowed to see Donson. Within an two hours of their visit with him, an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Guilty or not guilty? I don’t know, but Donson and his family deserved better treatment.

A criminal defense lawyer shared this troubling observation yesterday:

“There are law enforcement officers in this community who know how to violate someone’s rights up to the point that any monetary remedy is too little for an attorney to take their case.”

Donson and his family got treated this way, because PPD knew they could get away with it. A thug wannabe, poor black family—who cares? Apparently no lessons were learned from the Victor Steen incident.

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  • Dave December 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Teresa, Donson was not under the control of the PPD until he was arrested yesterday. You need to be asking Baptist Hospital why they wouldn’t let the family see him before that.

  • Dave December 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Eric what type of people graviate to law enforcement? How many do you personally know/

    Maybe it’s the type of people that put their lives on the line for fairly low pay to protect your butt? Are you aware that 15 law enforcement officers have lost their lives in the line of duty over the past moth protecting people such as your self, people that have little appreciation for what they do or the risks they take every day.

    If you do know any LEOs very well, then you would probably know that one of their main goals when they leave their house and families each day to got to work is to make it home alive at the end of their shift.

    Have you ever thought that as you left for work in the morning Eric?

  • Teresa December 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

    The guy was wrong for all his illegal actions. But his family did nothing wrong. At the very least his attorney should have been able to see him. I don’t care who or what a person this country we are given rights. And there’s that little fact of innocent until proven guilty.

    There are a lot of judges in Escambia county that will not tolerate civil rights being violated. This whole thing has been handled incorrectly. I don’t get the concept of playing shuffle with ones rights to a attorney. What are they afraid of. A “useless video” and no “credible witness?” The whole thing makes no sense to me.
    What if it was your brother, sister or child? Even if they are a “thug.” Would you want to be able to see with your own eyes they were stable or at least have a third party look in on them?
    Criminals walk daily because of a technicality. That not only puts the lives of our police in danger, but our families also.

  • Robert Kelley December 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    You also said he was missing and wasn’t at the hospital. Maybe we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.

  • Jone Mayberry December 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    You want to play gangster go do it over in Mobile-our cops will defend themselves. Convicted felon with firearm-hmm I guess we should have gave him a warning and let him go. Get real people!

  • eric December 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Good point on the no lessons learned from the Victor sheen incident.

    Was anyone from the PPd asked to comment on the assertion made by the criminal defense attorney that the officers know how to push it up to the point (violate ones rights ) where damages take place but an attorney can’t justify taking the case.

    I find that interesting and I believe the assertion to have a great deal of truth, knowing what kind of individuals often gravitate towards law enforcement.

  • Teresa December 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    The jail had a mug shot of Mr. Donson in his hospital bed earlier. I found that to be tacky! Law informant in this area is becoming extremely arrogant rude and disrespectful.
    Now Iv made this comment I’m sure to be followed around the next few days!