An jury in Angelina County, Tx., sentenced a man to 30 days in jail and fined him $500 for evading arrest after he was arrested for trying to burglarize his own home. In 2009, reports the Lufkin, Tx., Daily News, a neighbor reported seeing a black man kick in the front door of a home. When police arrived, they Marco Saucedo, 30, whom they believed to be the burglar, to come out of the home. Saucedo, who doesn't speak English, did not comply and police entered the home, finding that he had locked himself in the bathroom.
The officers sprayed pepper spray under the bathroom door and Saucedo came out of the bathroom and resisted arrest, at which point police shot him multiple times with a pepper ball gun. Police then tackled Saucedo, who was fighting being taken into custody, to the living room floor, Davis said. In the process Saucedo suffered a large gash to the top of his head. During the trial, a police officer said the whole incident could have been avoided, “If he just would have said, 'I live here. This is my house. What do you want?'”