Skip to comments.Officer tasers & jails 68 year old woman for honking her horn
Posted on 06/21/2004 2:02:27 PM PDT by MindFire
Officers Placed On Admin. Duty After Taser Gun Incident
68-Year-Old Woman Says Officer Shocked Her Twice In Chest
POSTED: 5:32 pm CDT June 16, 2004
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A police officer used his Taser gun on a 68-year-old grandmother in her home Tuesday night, KMBC's Donna Pitman reported.
Louise Jones (pictured, left) said it happened after she pulled up to her house near 50th and Euclid and saw a police car. She honked, and an officer got out of the vehicle. "He said he could give me a citation ticket for honking my horn. I said it was an accident. It's not like I laid on the horn; I honked, right in front of my house," Jones said.
Jones said the officer went to a call at another home, then returned to her house to give her a ticket for honking. "He grabbed me and I jerked away from him, and he said, 'You assaulted me,'" Jones recalled. Police said Jones wouldn't cooperate and hit the officer. That's when the officer pulled his Taser gun and shocked her, Pitman reported.
Jones said the officer shocked her twice in the chest with the weapon. "I hollered and screamed because I thought it was a gun," she said. Jones' husband, Fred, heard the commotion in his home of 40 years and confronted the officer. The husband and wife were both arrested and jailed. Jones was cited for misuse of a horn on a city street, and her husband was ticketed for interfering with an officer.
The couple were released on bond, and now they want answers. Jones, who is recovering from knee surgery, is considering pressing charges, Pitman reported. "I have never been arrested in my life, been to the police station either -- not even for a traffic ticket," Jones said.
Jones' co-workers at Cascone's, where she has been employed for 44 years, are all talking about what happened. "We sure have been talking about it, we sure have. And don't any of us approve of it," said Jones' co-worker, Sarah McGee. "After all, this is an old lady. She's a mother, she's a grandmother, and pretty soon to be a great-grandmother." The officer who used the Taser gun has been with the department four months.
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Eh, she was probably hard to handle, like the nine year old they tasered last month....
I think the officer needs to be relieved of duty, that is duty unbecoming an officer.
I know on another thread the people were considered dumb for the whole family getting arrested, and maybe they were, but there is a whole group of police officers who have no business where they are! Criminal Justice is my field and I teach future police officers, this is criminal of the officer in my view!!
I don't know, the woman sounds like my MIL.
I'd give anyone a metal if that person would tazer her when she gets b!tchy.
Seems they both over-reacted. But you just don't hit a cop. You don't even touch him. Most are understanding and can put things in perspective, but you always fine one (like here) who just loves to exert power. And
BTW, just cause she's 68 doesn't mean she's frail. I haven't seen a photo, but I've seen some old ladies who would chase down and beat up a pursesnatcher.
Oh, and the taser is definitely overdoing it.
What other thread?
But of course, I don't know the whole story... I don't think she would hit an officer either.
just my thoughts...
I grew up in Florida... this is a fantasy come true.
I'll bet that this is the same old lady that is thoroughly searched for explosives at the airport. Surely she fits the profile....oh wait, they don't profile at airports.
A he-said she said. Police say she did hit him. She says she didn't.
Damn! You beat me by one post. See post #11. Great minds think alike.
Officer Friendly Ping.
Man someone is going to have to start a ping list of all of these incidents. Where do they get these guys? I mean you can tell they have really losened the standards for hiring police in the last 20 years.
What about the 80 year old grandmother and the 60 year old daughter that were tasered lat month when the grandmother wouldn't let go of her little red wagon. As I recall the officers beat her until her fake eye popped out.
Maybe someone can find the link to that story.
I lived in St. Petersburg for a couple of years.
You owe me a new keyboard!
Unless he has some very convincing video of this, his career is over.
Well she sure did have it coming, she got smart with him! You only speak when spoken to and do not question! /sarc
Heh heh! You win some, you lose some. :)
They surrounded his car (no problem so far), then violently pulled him out of the car and three cops piled on him knee first. I'm not sure of the wisdom of using violent methods to arrest someone who completely followed directions and gave no resistance while committing a non-violent crime.
This sounds like a really tough cop, picking on 68-year-old women. What is that mental disorder that cops have that they need to feel "superior"?
What's amazing to me is that the more outrageous the incidents get, I think to myself, "now surely this is where everyone will draw the line." And there never fails to be a number of people who will rationalize the incident.
I'll blame it on the fact that you are on a broadband connection by yourself, while I am on some mickey mouse office network. :)
There are bad cops out there, we all know that. But whenever I read these kinds of stories my first thought is there is more to the story than we are being told.
Power trip. Like some teachers, pastors, priests, doctors etc. Any authority position will attract a number of them.
The wisdom is in getting the populace to fear the police. Only then will there be true liberty.
It's amazing what some armed people can do in their first four months of duty.
Don't ask. Don't tell.
What? Liberty is freedom, not fear. Do you think the people under the Taliban or the heel of communism had liberty?
Ohh, she's black. Well that explains it.
Drivers poor decision lands his whole family in jail...that is title.
Barney Fife Syndrome?
She should consider herself lucky he did not shoot her.
She looks like a mean one to me.
Sorry, forgot the /s tag. Thought it wouldn't be needed, though.
I'm sure your comment was meant as sarcasm.
I watched a live tv cop show two weeks ago where THREE cops were present, and the man arrested had been drinking...he weighed about 250 lbs, but was mouthy...did not do anything, and they hit him with taser gun, not once but twice because he was mouthy. I don't think that justifies 50,000 volts, twice. Had he resisted arrest, yes...but he did not.
I believe that the police are overreacting to the situations in which they are to be peacemakers. You cannot tell me that three cops needed to use that taser gun, to them it is a toy and they want to play with it...WRONG. It should be as sacred as the gun, you only use it if you need force. It is provided to save lives.
I had honked my horn at someone who pulled out in front of me, almost causing me to hit him. I changed lanes to avoid a collision. Evidently, he had better ties to the cops than I.
Oh, never mind then...... (still need the tag for slower people)
Just another stupid smart aleck cop!This cop needs a mental profile run on him and i'm sure they will find he became a cop because he could not force people to respect him otherwise.
I hope that was meant sarcastically, because "fearing the police" is not the objective I teach. The police are there to protect and serve. It says nothing about intimidation and "big brother" gustapo attitude.
It seems that is the trend. No backtalk tolerated.
Or: "That's what happens when you quit smoking to get the job."
A true Zen saying...Frank Z would be proud.
ping for later read