Officer Breaks Shoulder, Pepper-Sprays 78-Year Old Woman For Obeying His Commands
Yes, you read that correctly. An elderly woman, Mary Poole, was delivering cupcakes to her grandchildren at Kastner Intermediate school when a Clovis Unified Police Officer told her to leave. She left the school, driving around the corner to call her son to explain the odd situation. Then the same officer approached Mary and pepper-sprayed her twice and pulled her out of the car by her left arm with such force that it dislocated. Here is the confrontation in Mary’s words:
I was very frightened…I told him to call the police and he said, ‘I am the police. He jerked me out of my car with my left arm with such great force, and then threw me onto the pavement. From there he dragged me by my left arm up to the school grounds,” she said.
The officer actually left school grounds to confront Mary. In court cases, an aggressor is someone who attacks someone first. In this case, the aggressor was, without a doubt, the officer. Mary never raised her hand or voice at the officer. She even complied with his request. What else was she supposed to do?
Mary is now suing the Clovis Unified School District for her $180,000 medical bills and punitive damages.
Crimes Committed by Officer (unnamed in reports): Assault, Battery (x3), elderly abuse, abuse of power.
Broward Deputy Christopher Johnson Drags Woman Through Court Like A Dog
A video surfaced of a Broward County Deputy dragging a woman through a courthouse. All because she wanted to say goodbye to her mother after being ruled mentally incompetent in a felony trespassing case. Any story about this immediately mentions her mental illness, but that doesn’t have any bearing on how she should be treated. She was not getting violent, only refusing to comply.
Once again we see an officer escalating a situation, because someone didn’t “respect their authority” (said in the style of Eric Cartman). I understand that “failure to comply” is a crime, but legality and morality are very different. The officer may be legally correct, but not morally. This law makes it easy for an officer to arrest anyone. All he has to do is command them to do something. If they don’t, he can arrest you. That’s too easy. It should not be easy to get arrested.
Crimes Committed by Officer Johnson: Battery
Ft. Lauderdale Officer Victor Ramirez Slaps Man For Wanting To Pee
The circumstances surrounding this incident are rage inducing. The man who was slapped, Bruce LaClair’s, only crime was walking through a bus terminal. He had literally done nothing wrong. The officer grabbed the mans arm from behind, causing Bruce to pull away. That’s a completely understandable reaction to anyone grabbing your arm from behind. The officer then pushes Bruce to ground, and proceeds to berate him with “If you fucking try to fight me I’m going to beat your ass”. Bruce asked the officer to use the restroom and tried to get up, when the officer slaps the man very hard and proceeds to put handcuffs on him.
A clear case of an officer escalating a situation. The poor guy was on the ground when he was assaulted. How dangerous is an elderly man on his knees? Officers need training in de-escalating situations because, from too many videos, it’s clear that they are more prone to do the exact opposite.
Crimes Committed by Officer Ramirez: Assault, battery (x2).
Aaron lives in sunny CA, with his beautiful wife and energetic son. His writing is focused on police corruption and abuse of power. He is a Libertarian at heart and practices the NAP every day.
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