Skip to comments.1 year after officer tackled him, man is bedridden, wife is caretaker
Posted on 05/29/2010 10:19:58 AM PDT by Drew68
OLYMPIA Sarah Harris goes through the motions of her day trying hard not to think about what life was like a year ago or what it would be like now if not for "the incident."
She feels guilty leaving the house, even if only for a couple of hours to visit her mom or sister, to run errands, or go grocery shopping. She still cries every night.
Her husband, the first boy she kissed and the only man she's ever loved, suffered a catastrophic brain injury when his head slammed into a concrete wall after a brief footchase with two King County sheriff's deputies on Mother's Day 2009. He's now confined to bed, unable to talk, walk or do anything for himself.
Christopher Sean Harris spent six weeks at Harborview Medical Center, where his family was encouraged to remove him from life support because doctors didn't think he'd ever come out of a coma. But he did, and was transferred to an Edmonds nursing home in June.
Sarah Harris, who worked as a manager for Nordstrom and dreamed of becoming a buyer for the department store, gave up her job to care for her husband.
"I loved my job, and I miss it all the time," she said. "But I knew there was no way I could go back to work and leave him alone in a nursing home all day. There was no decision to even make."
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
A young man wrongly identified by a witness as a participant in a bar brawl flees from fatigue-clad cops who were persuing him and who may or may not have identified themselves as police officers. In a disturbing video available at the link, this young man is shoved against a wall where he suffers an injury that leaves him severely brain damaged.
The article is a couple weeks old but I didn't see it posted here when I ran across it while looking for something.
Just a sad story all the way around.
Wow, looked like excessive force to me. The guy didn’t look like a threat, but the deputy launched into him like a linebacker.
The victim here is backing away, and raising his hands in a woefully inadequate defensive gesture.
He clearly was no threat.
This is police brutality.
This is a felony battery.
Verbal ID is not much good in my mind. They should have had on something on to loudly ID them as POLICE.
That said, the actions of the cop in this case were not too outrageous. It is just unfortunate they led to great injury. I do think the actions were those of a control freak upset someone did not stop the second they control freak demanded, but that is what you are bound to get in policing.
I agree with your observation.
The same control freak would not have done that to someone at his own weight and bulk and level of preparation.
I hope he serves felony time in the general population.
There was a time when cops wore the clearly obvious uniform of a POLICE OFFICER. Now they're running around dressed like soldiers, ninjas, bikers, thugs, --if they're wearing a uniform at all. It's no wonder people who haven't done anything wrong flee.
Not surprisingly, the cop has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing. It appears the family is pursuing civil litigation at this point.
Typical boot-licker mentality. You probably wonder why people hate the police. Here is a perfect reason. That cop was overly aggressive towards a kid that was half his size and weight. He saw a chance to exert his authority over someone that was helpless to defend himself and hit him as hard as he could. From the cops actions, the kid have every reason to run.
We are only discussing it because it was caught on camera. If not, there would be no outrage whatsoever. The report would have falsified and the cop and his buddies would laugh about it hours later after a beer or two.
Justice demands that this cop spend a significant amount of time behind bars. He is a danger to the community. But, he will not. Being a cop means never having to say you're sorry.
As well the family should. It is not surprising, given precedents like Waco at the federal level, and the sweeping authority of district attorneys.
This is what happens when Barney Fife gets steroids.
Another fine cop bashing post here on FR. I see the FR Police Tactics experts have chimed in and offered sound arguments on how a man running from the Police (yes, it is obvious they are cops and did ID themselves as witnesses say)who had his hands in his pocket and removed them a SPLIT SECOND before he was tackled is somehow a victim of Police Brutality. That term gets thrown around so much that I doubt most Cop bashers don’t even know what it is.
Hey Cop Bashers, how about giving Cops the benefit of the doubt for a change instead of pre judging them? I know I’m wasting my time. Just wanted to have my say.
Perhaps it is time to demand that all citizens wear protective headgear in metro areas.
It is clear these cops have not even had a basic first aid course, or if they have, had too low of an IQ for it to stick.
The cops are on the mental level of a career fry cook. Burger flippers with badges.
He body slammed a kid half his size. Big tough guy.
The young man was not running away. He was looking back a moving away from the police. The police in this case were at fault and I usually side with the police.
Just another day in the life of a thug...
Kick’n ass & ruining lives.
I miss Peace Officers.
This happened in a city run by liberals? My oh my, I’m shocked!
Just watched the video and its awful. The guy was not running away, it appears he was moving out of their way. The officer should be behind bars for serious bodily harm. That is not the way someone arrest a suspect.
You’re right on all counts. But the department will cover for him and he’ll not have to pay for his crimes.
Even when the victim wins the civil suit, the thug will not pay. The taxpayers will pay.
Maybe you saw a different video than I did but the one I saw show a man who clearly does not have his hands in his pockets and who is no longer running. A man, by the way, who had committed no crime and is now severely disabled.
How about they start earning respect? How about they stop using excessive force? How about they stop using their authority to hurt those they are supposed to serve and protect?
How about giving the public the benefit of the doubt for a change instead of pre-judging them and treating them like criminals? I know I'm wasting my time. Just wanted to have my say.
My point is that all too often I find these knee-jerk cop bashing threads on FR and its sickening....
In THIS case, we read the Police did identify themselves and attempted to stop someone IDENTIFIED by a witness in a crime. The suspect then runs. As we see in the video he has his hands in his pocket. A cops FIRST AND PRIMARY concern is his and his partners safety. The suspect (which he was) damn well knows these are cops or at least should have. The cops do not know who this guy is or what else he may have done.
In the video, the suspect is still running from the cops when, a SPLIT SECOND before he is tackled, he removes his hands from his pocket..too late! That he hit his head is a tragedy. Is it the cops fault? NO!!! The cop was doing his job, and tactically correct. Is it the suspects fault? Only in the sense that he caused these tragic series of events by RUNNING FROM THE POLICE WITH HIS HANDS IN HIS POCKET!!!
Please FReepers, learn about Police tactics and procedures before bashing every damn thing they do!!
If in your eyes the Police have not earned respect from the public yet, and the use of excessive force is seen as the norm not the exception, then they will never earn your respect..but thanks for that clearly intelligent well thought out response : /
another paranoid “the feds are out to get me” Freeper. Go away.
I guess it depends on your definition of “expert” but I was a commissioned officer in the Military Police corps, commanded a military police company, and served as a provost marshal. Does that make me an expert? I don’t know, but I think this cop was out of control and if he’d been working for me, he wouldn’t be working for me any longer.
Thank you for your service. Big difference between being a cop in the Military and patrolling the streets of any City.
You cop groupies make me sick. Shoot any kittens lately?
All relative...people read and see the same thing but arrive at different conclusions...most without any knowledge on the subject.
You Paranoid loners make me sick. Bang any kittens lately?
Even if they get every cent of that 25 million it wont be enough.
Does Seoul, Korea count? Maybe you've patrolled bigger cities. Did any number of joint patrols with the KNP. This tactic and level of demonstrative heavy handedness is something I'd expect to see from their riot police.
Oh, did I mention that for the past 10 years or so, I've been working as an insurance defense investigator and have done a number of investigations for municipalities being sued for police brutality? But then again....you're the expert.
You’re just proving what a thug you are.
I’m sorry, I should rephrase....Policing the Civilians of a city based on different standards and tactics from that of a Military Cop policing their own is quite different.
Also, being an Insurance DEFENSE Investigator is absolutely different from having to approach and confront SUSPECTS UNKNOWN (which this guy was) and having to make split second decisions.
That's an outright lie by the reporter. The video clearly shows the officers were wearing common police officer uniforms with their badges clearly visible on their chests and insignias on their sleeves, and gun belts around their waists.
The guy was clearly running from them, dropped something from his hand, moved toward the cop, and raised his hands toward the cop before he was knocked down. It's tragic that he chose to run, was positioned where he was relative to the wall, and that he was misidentified. None of which was the cop's fault.
That was cute but offers no insight or aid on this topic.
“None of which was the cop’s fault”? So who slammed the guy’s haed against the wall?
True enough...but the LE mission on post also results in the policing of civilian dependents, contractors, etc., so similar, if not identical rules apply in a lot of cases. The biggest difference I see is the Military Police are held far more accountable for their actions than their civilian counterparts.
"Also, being an Insurance DEFENSE Investigator is absolutely different from having to approach and confront SUSPECTS UNKNOWN (which this guy was) and having to make split second decisions."
You miss my point. Certainly the investigations I do now are on the behalf of municipalities (and their insurers if not self-insured) when allegations of misconduct are levelled at them. I work in defense of the cities, the attorneys representing them, and by extension the police departments. My point is, in order to help defend these cases, I have to be pretty familiar with the policies, procedures, statues, regulations, ordinances, etc. governing the use of force.