Skip to comments.Video Shows Cops Tasing a Restrained Woman In Accordance With a Policy That May Not Exist
Posted on 06/21/2012 10:24:15 PM PDT by Altariel
Print|Email Video Shows Cops Tasing a Restrained Woman In Accordance With a Policy That May Not Exist
J.D. Tuccille | June 19, 2012
Stop resisting!Let's all sing the praises of video-recording technology and whistleblowers. And journalists looking for a big story. That's what it took to expose the tasing of a "mentally troubled" 34-year-old woman by Chariton, Iowa, police who had, ostensibly, pulled her and her boyfriend over because they feared she was the victim of domestic abuse. They ended up zapping her after they had her handcuffed and confined to a police car. And they zapped her according to a Use of Force Policy that may not exist.
Reports WHO TV:
A mentally troubled woman, tased by a Chariton police officer even after she was hogtied in the back of his police cruiser, is speaking out.
Its a video the Chariton Police Department does not want you to see. It shows Sergeant Tyler Ruble tasing 34-year old Amy Storm after Storm was stopped two years ago because Ruble was investigating whether she was the victim of domestic abuse.
The video shows officers cuffing her hands and feet, and hog-tying her then tasing her while she was in the back seat of the police cruiser.
After our story aired, Storm contacted us. She says she never filed a complaint because she didnt realize there was a video. Watching it now brings back a flood of emotions. I cant believe theres a video. Storm says fighting back tears, I cant believe thats me. I started crying. I just I knew it was bad when it was happening. I just didnt realize it was that bad. I didnt I didnt realize how bad it was.
Police cited HIPAA privacy regulations in refusing to surrender the police-taken video to the TV station. The video was obtained anyway "through someone with connections to the department." The department's reticence might be explained by WHO's report that those arms holding Storm down in the photo above belong to Lucas County Sheriff Jim Baker.
Not surprisingly, Baker, along with Chariton Police Chief Jeff Johnson, responded to the report of Storm's shocking treatment. The duo's press release (PDF) says:
[A] Chariton Police Officer, acting in conjunction with veteran officers from the Sheriffs Office, was required to implement the Citys Use of Force policy. The subject was subdued and an arrest was made without further incident. Following the arrest the Department received no complaints or comments from any party involved in the arrest.
Baker and John also complained that they were "willing to comply with WHOs request for release of the video, but the City needed to confirm first that the privacy rights of non-City personnel shown in the video were protected as provided by federal and state law."
In a written statement the police chief defends the tasing saying its been reviewed by his department and the city. But thats news to the mayor, who admits hes never seen any such report. The mayor then refused to answer any more of our questions.
WHO also pointed out in its initial broadcast that they had been refused access to the Use of Force Policy on the grounds that it was being revised and did not address the use of Tasers.
Amy Storm is now pursuing legal action.
Note: I can't get the video to embed. See it here.
Once again, Cops out of control.
We need to replace police departments with volunteer citizen militias to maintain order.
We were better off with Marshalls and posses than with these unionized thugs in blue.
Remember that - it wasn't sadistic torture and domestic terrorism.
They were merely following a policy that didn't exist.
Hey - you. I said, move along.
Bet she’s glad she left her dog at home...
“There is no situation so bad it cannot be made worse by the presence of a police officer.”
“pulled her and her boyfriend over because they feared she was the victim of domestic abuse.”
Huh? Now they don’t have to suspect that you committed a crime to claim probable cause, they just can claim they suspect you are the victim of a crime? Just install shock collars on all citizens at birth and be done with it, you bastards.
Such sick, criminal reasoning.
“We thought the woman had been raped, but when we learned she hadn’t, we raped her anyway....”
“We thought the boy was a victim of a pedophile, but he wasn’t, so we molested him anyway.....”
pulled her and her boyfriend over because they feared she was the victim of domestic abuse.
So they pulled her over because they feared she was being abused by her boyfriend, then the police abuse the woman... OH the irony..
just doing their jobs
keeping us safe
handling the situation according to procedure
taking precautions to keep the victim and the public safe
looking for a terrorist that fit the victim's description
doing what they could with the limited pay and resources they had available.
There, now that we have all the usual execuses from our resident boot lickers out of the way. When is it time to buy tar and feathers?
A friend of mine lives way out in the the country and he just was lamenting to me the other day that the cops are all dressing in black stormtrooper uniforms with a stash of AR’s and how it used to be guys in cowboy hats.
Watch them marching around at a police academy. Chilling. They act like paramilitary stormtroopers,, not peace officers.
VERY VERY VERY SCAREY.
Crime doesn't pay. Traffic violators do.
You just can’t get up in the morning and go about your business without breaking a law.
The average person does not have time to keep up with the law. Every year more laws are passed. Like the one in Texas that it is illegal to drive in your bare feet.
are there no men with character anymore?
You left out’They are heroes”.
Interesting that they haven't seemed to find this thread yet. I really need a bootlicker ping list.
Touche. Well I for one feel safer.
I wholeheartedly agree. But, for this thread......... crickets.
And I thought I had seen it all excused or defended; I guess they'll just pretend this thread and the woman don't exist.
We'll just have to wait until the next story about SWAT raiding the wrong house and if the people inside weren't doing anything wrong, they'd have nothing to fear and just wait for the tear gas to clear.
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