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The Joliet man also allegedly spat in a cop's face.

Benjamin Lawton. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
Benjamin Lawton. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Department
A Joliet man refused to leave a Plainfield Road bar then spat in a cop's face when the law came to take him out, police said.

Benjamin Lawton, 37, of 1002 N. William St. was jailed on charges of aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting or obstructing a police officer, and criminal trespassing.

Lawton was at Zelmo's Full Moon Saloon when he was asked to leave about 7:30 p.m., police said.

Despite this request, Lawton, who appeared to be intoxicated, refused to depart the 1117 Plainfield Road tavern.

The law was called in and, along with some bar patrons, encouraged Lawton to leave, police said. But Lawton reportedly wasn't going anywhere, at least not on his own.

Officers placed Lawton under arrest and he struggled with them, police said, and went so far as to spit in the face of one.

Lawton was booked into the Will County jail.

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Magilla Gorilla April 14, 2014 at 07:59 PM
@ knee jerk... Too-ooh, sweet! I am convinced that, between these two events, the Loser Cop Mentality is alive and well in the Good ole U.S of A. What I don't comprehend is the inability of officers themselves to see how pathetic they look when they Perpetrate this type of Abuse. If Bill Lowery is correct, and the average IQ of a Police Officer is 90, then that means that for each and every officer with an average IQ of 100 there has to be one at 80 or two at 85. "Duhhh!, when I grow up I wanna be a cop". I'm guessing the guy w/the 100 IQ was not on Duty those days.
Bruce Humphrey April 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Police officers are not the judge or the jury and whether he "deserved an ass kicking" or not it is not up to the police to do this. If they did decide to give him a whooping then they themselves have broken the law. Yes it is possible that he has some unpleasant illnesses but that doesn't change the fact that the police are not above the law. For all those giving the police your blessing for the cops behavior have you really thought it through? Do you like living in a free country? if you do then perhaps you should stop granting the police powers that they currently don't legally have.
Brian James April 22, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Bruce, what proof do you have that this lad's injuries came at the hands of the police?
knee jerk April 23, 2014 at 11:22 AM
@Brian James: There is no proof from the story that the cops beat this lad. Some posters believe they did and had a right to do so. Others believe they did and should not have. The common thread, however, is that almost everyone believes they beat this guy-what does that tell you? At any rate, Patch will never follow this up so we'll never have "proof" one way or another (kind of the way law enforcement likes it).
Magilla Gorilla April 26, 2014 at 10:45 PM
Problem is that the Dept. of Justice does little or nothing to send a message to Rabid cops. The ones that perpetrate beatings are most likely ill themselves. If the D.O.J. punished them, first and foremost, then these things will either stop, or the taxpayers will save a ton of money by replacing the idiots with entry level pay officers and stripping them of their pensions that the taxpayers are paying for anyhow. Simple solution to an arrogant problem.

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