Skip to comments.Suit: Officer Instructed ‘Tase The Bi*ch’ During Deadly Beating
Posted on 05/29/2014 7:33:24 AM PDT by Rusty0604
On August 20, 2013, Sherman police stopped Lesa Surratts vehicle for failing to signal a lane change. An officer removed Surratt from the vehicle. From there, she was placed in the rear of a patrol car but without performing a search, the suit claims.
Surratts passenger, Monica Garza, was also placed in the patrol car.
Brian McClarin, a narcotics officer, had directed the traffic stop.
The complaint acknowledges that Surratt removed a small amount of cocaine she was concealing and began swallowing it.
One of the officers realized what was going on and climbed in the back seat, across the body of Garza, and began striking Surratt with open fist and then his flashlight to get her to spit up the cocaine, the suit alleges.
When the effort failed, the officer placed the flashlight diagonally against the right side of Surratts neck and pushed down, chocking Surratt with the flashlight until she lost consciousness. While on the ground, McClarin gave the order to tase the bitch, the suit alleges.
McClarin and two other officers began striking Surratt with their open hands and flashlights, according to the suit, which does not specify the monetary damages it seeks but does request a jury trial
Surratt lay convulsing on the ground for 20 minutes before the officers called for an EMT, the suit claims. After being taken to Texas Presbyterian Hospital, Surratt was declared brain dead. She was removed from life support on Sept. 2, and died shortly after.
An autopsy determined that Surratt died as a result of asphyxiation.
The thing thats really strange about this is the stonewalling that Ive received by the city about any information, Surratts attorney, Don Bailey, told The Daily Caller.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
Good grief! Was this written by a 2 year old? She was in the back of a patrol car and then ON THE GROUND... How did she get on the ground?
A lawsuit isn’t even referred to until the 7th sentence or paragraph....
Who’s brain dead here? Sign the writer up for a job in the obozo administration quick!
Was the girl in handcuffs? Not that it makes THAT much difference. It seems SO over the top that I must assume some details are missing.
Otherwise, all LEO involved need to be tried and prosecuted for felony homicide.
Ooops - failed to see “excerpt” - the article itself does mention the lawsuit.....
The events related in this story took place in Sherman, Texas, which is a town about fifty miles NNW from Dallas. It’s pretty close to the Oklahoma border.
Prosecute the cops. Period.
WOD has to go...
One of these days, one of these police “incedents” is going to blow up into another Rodney King Riot.
“Brian McClarin, a narcotics officer, had directed the traffic stop.”
So the traffic stop was just a means to stop the car. She was stopped for failure to signal on a lane change.
This is the reason i want to gut the traffic laws. They are abused over and over again to generate searches. Traffic laws are used to make sure that LEO can bypass probable cause. They use the traffic laws to make the initial stop, then fabricate a chain of incidents (k-9, furtive look, smell, obscure behavior, butt clenching, whatever) to take the incident further. You need to de-claw the city where you live. De-fund local law enforcement and clamp down on the border. That will never happen. The goal is to get everyone periodically checked through the national crime databases. That takes stops.
So the silly woman had coke on her. Now she is dead. What is the value delivered to society?
So drugs pour over the intentionally unsecured borders and citizens are killed, harassed, dragged into court for possession of a substance that should not even make it into the country.
I didn’t understand why they put the women in the back of their car for a simple traffic stop. I thought they usually left you sitting in your car while they did a check.
The stop was by a narcotics officer, not a traffic control officer. The intent from the beginning was a drug search.
You can follow anybody for a quarter of a mile or less and figure out a “legit” reason to make a stop. That’s intentional. The public are dopes who will sacrifice their souls for the illusion of safety, risk management and risk transference.
for crying out loud, gets some cojones... i would not want this guy representing me... it is not strange... it is criminal... stop being so polite...
Some people become cops so that they can beat up and kill people without going to jail.
My home town. These things have happened up there from time to time. More has happened in the past that didn’t get reported. But for the most part, it’s a peaceful town with mostly good people ... with and without badges.
“To protect and serve” has become “To Judge & Punish”
They all think they are Judge Dredd
exactly, when cops do this kind of stuff they should be prosecuted and punished harshly
We should remember that some of these are allegations and it's only one side of the story.
End the WOD and this type of abuse will stop.
We can have either a War On Drugs or limited government - but we can't have both.
This was murder.
” We should remember that some of these
are allegations and it’s only one side of
With the cops stone walling the investigation. Kind of a sign of guilt.
“You can follow anybody for a quarter of a mile or less and figure out a legit reason to make a stop. Thats intentional. The public are dopes who will sacrifice their souls for the illusion of safety, risk management and risk transference.”
But, but, but... the dopers will destroy us all and eat our children!
"Stonewalling" is a one sided opinion by the lawyer filing the suit.
What would you call it?
“On Oct. 15, Sherman police submitted a request to block a request made by Bailey for the police report and video from the incident.
“On Dec. 19, the attorney generals office found that the city of Sherman should release the information to Bailey.
“But he says they have not.”
It’s still only one side of the story. And according to the article the existence of the video is only alleged.
Then officers allegedly began hitting her and choking her with a flashlight to make her spit it out, and then tased her. It says she lost consciousness and was pronounced brain dead upon arrival at Texas Health Presbyterian - Wilson N Jones Hospital.
A statement from the Sherman City Attorney, Brandon Shelby, says: "The actions of the Sherman Police Officers were investigated by the Texas Rangers and the findings were presented to a Grand Jury. No charges were filed and the officers were cleared."
“To Serve and Protect” ourselves!
This raises even more questions:
“On Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, while in police custody, Lesa Surratt was able to free herself from handcuffs and retrieve a baggie of a controlled substance (identified as cocaine in the lawsuit) from her person. She attempted to swallow the baggie, became asphyxiated and lost consciousness. She received prompt medical attention, but later died from her injuries...
At the time the Open Records Request was filed by Ms. Surratt’s attorney in October of 2013, the matter was still under investigation by the Texas Rangers. The full report and video were withheld after determination by the Attorney General.”
I don’t know how a “traffic stop” turned into her being handcuffed in the patrol car and she hadn’t been searched. “Reasonable suspicion” of something? Did she have a “bad attitude”? Warrants?
How can the AG determine that the full report and video s/b withheld?
'Sherman City Attorney Brandon S. Shelby provided this statement: "[...] The full report and video were withheld' - http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Lawsuit-describes-woman-s-disturbing-death-5510283.php
"The actions of the Sherman Police Officers were investigated by the Texas Rangers and the findings were presented to a Grand Jury. No charges were filed and the officers were cleared."Where did Selby make a statement about a video?
“Its still only one side of the story. And according to the article the existence of the video is only alleged.”
Alleged is a legalize term to protect oneself. They clearly have A video, and are refusing to release it. You are reaching for a reason to side with cops here.
As for one side? Seriously, all that violence just to protect user levels of dope as evidence? I’m reminded very much of the New Mexico incidents of anal probing over possible drugs.
Here is a concept. We all know the phase “Let the punishment fit the crime.”
How about adding the concept of “Let the investigative practices fit the crime.”
Like in the NM anal cases. Was it really appropriate to do that to people over very minor amounts of drugs? I’m plenty anti-drug. I know people who’ve fought addictions, and the harm it can do.
But even if such tactics worked to ‘get their man’, did the violent effort required do anything to change the world? No, it is just one minor drug case.
And that even assumes guilt. In those cases, they were INNOCENT, and violated in an extreme way. For what?
Same in this case. All that over simple possession charges? Are we that far gone that all the System cares about is getting the criminal, and not HOW we get them?
The mission isn’t all that matters. There has to be lines drawn on how the mission is accomplished. First, we have very likely BS stop as an excuse to search. Police have a long practice of ‘Fishing’, just hopping to get lucky.
Now include this reaction to protect evidence. Is evidence of a BS crime worth permanent injuries and even death?
There was a recent story about a woman that had gone in voluntarily to some hearing or something, sitting in a waiting room, and she was seen taking what turned out to be Tylenol prescribed to her for a tooth problem and she was taken down and injured by several policemen.
As long as the cops made it home safely..that’s all that matters, right?
You’re so smart. I never read that before on FR.
And I had yet to witness a LEO bootlicker until you came along as well...
Well, the primary witness was murdered, so getting that side of it is pretty important. The cops, who are still alive, have every opportunity to tell the other side... and yet continue to stonewall, deflect, avoid, and hide. That's a pretty big hint as to the truth of the matter.
Brilliant. I’ve never seen that before on FR either.
Bless your heart.
The thing thats really strange about this is the stonewalling that Ive received by the city about any information, Surratts attorney
It’s not strange. It’s SOP. Give the cops time to get their stories straight. Then they can testilie all day long about how they didn’t really murder this woman.
“Youre so smart. I never read that before on FR.”
Good one———but he forgot the dog and donut slurs.
The police are being sued, and they are choosing to try the case in court rather than the media. They have an obligation to follow the judge’s orders, not to jump through hoops for their adversary. Their adversary is choosing to try the case in the media. That could be a sign that his case is weak.
Keep on licking those boots.... maybe one day someone will actually be fooled into thinking that you have a functioning brain. Instead of responding with some substance, all you can do is be a sarcastic tool.
Another LOE Bootlicker?
“Another LOE Bootlicker?”
Nope. I don’t condemn an entire group for the stupid or criminal acts of a small minority.
I wouldn’t blame all gun owners for the horrendous acts of a few idiots either.
The bad things make the newspapers,the good or neutral things don’t.
You're so original and clever. Your mom must think you're really special.
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