Skip to comments.Cops Just Love Those Tasers
Posted on 07/02/2011 8:23:20 AM PDT by bkopto
Dayton police "mistook" a mentally handicapped teenager's speech impediment for "disrespect," so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from "upward of 20 police officers" after the boy rode his bicycle home to ask his mother for help, the boy's mom says.
Pamela Ford says her "mentally challenged/handicapped" son Jesse Kersey, 17, was riding his bike near his Dayton home when Officer Willie Hooper stopped him and tried to talk to him.
The mom says that "Prior to the incident described below, defendant Hooper knew Jesse and was aware that Jesse was mentally challenged/handicapped and a minor child."
Nonetheless, Ford says, Hooper "apparently took Jesse's speech impediment for disrespect ... [and] began yelling at Jesse and after Jesse attempted to communicate with him[.] Jesse, being a minor and mentally challenged/handicapped, turned and rode his bike back to his home in an attempt to ask his mother, Ford, to help him communicate with defendant Cooper," according to the complaint in Montgomery County Court.
On the way, the mom says, "A neighbor attempted to communicate with Officer Hooper about Jesse's disabilities and was told to go back into his home, or he would be arrested."
As Ford opened her front door, she says, Hooper and co-defendant Officer John Howard, "fired their Tasers, striking Jesse in the back with both probes."
"Once inside the house, defendant Hooper and defendant Howard began to struggle with Jesse, who was standing against the back door with his hands up in front of his face, saying 'Please quit, please quit.'
"On numerous occasions, Ford and a family friend, Christopher Peyton, informed Officer Hooper that Jesse was mentally challenged/handicapped, and that Jesse did not understand what was happening," the complaint states.
(Excerpt) Read more at courthousenews.com ...
Sorry if that story is true, but I’ve watched enough cops to know lots of bad guys deserve to get zapped.
I’ve heard some pretty outlandish accusations against cops that have proven to be entirely unfounded. I’ve also heard a few unbelievable stories about cops that turned out to be true.
I’m not familiar with the source of this story “Courthouse News” was it? Could be a rag for ambulance chasers or a truthful blog.
The Jury Awards More money on embellished stories.
It probably is embellished, but cops do bring it on themselves when they think everybody should absolutely submit unquestionably.
Riiiight, like they would show the ones on TV who didn't deserve it.
COPS is nothing but a PR show.
Ideally, the sound will be heard globally as 120-million guns are fired almost in unison. The massive sonic shockwave will affect the rotation of the Earth on its axis, and North America will become a tropical rain forest as a result.
Well, maybe not...
"You Will Respect My Authoritah!"
“Less than lethal” became “Compliance Devices”. We all said they would over 10 years ago when they became popular, yet, the LE crowd said they would not.
Here’s the account from the local newspaper:
All I know is that you seldom hear about police brutality or corruption in low crime areas.
At the other end of the scale are the high crime areas were the Justice brothers come running to the scene of every police shooting whether its a good shoot or not.
Reminds me of Everybody Loves Raymond where Robert arrested a deaf guy who has signing, because he thought he was throwing gang signs.
You mean like Pennsylvania in the summer?
Sounds like some candidates for the SWAT Team. If we lower the standards some more for new recuits we will get more of these morons who forget they work for US and were not given that badge to enforce their overblown egos. Our police forces are becoming more like brown shirts then law enforcement. Not much respect left for these jackasses.
A note for the usual FR Badge Lappers, which FReeper COBOL2Java was too polite to note (I have no such inhibition):
“A neighbor attempted to communicate with Officer Hooper about Jesse’s disabilities and was told to go back into his home, or he would be arrested.”
Point 1, from the article was that Hooper knew the boy was mentally deficient.
Point 2, Hooper was reminded about the boy’s mental impairment.
Point 3, Boy may be mentally deficient, but soon will be financially secure.
A pity those Disgraces In Uniform can’t be taken to the nearest organ bank. Tasering a known retard is sadism personified, and America should not have to put up with same.
From the article: “The report also concluded that the mother and family friend delayed the arrest and caused an unsafe condition.”
Note that the arrest was for riding a bike the wrong way!
Once the boy was off the road, the “unsafe condition” no longer existed.
As for insisting on arresting a known mentally deficient minor, the cop should have known that no court would sustain a charge under those conditions.
Worse yet, the Boyz-N-Blue put in an “all cops in the city” call - for a retarded boy in his home ! ! ! !
Exile these sadists to Cuba where their talents and personalities will be of use to Castro. There is no place in America for such vindictively sadistic people.
He needs to apply for a spot on Rahm’s goon squad.
Another THX1138 event brought to you by your local law enforcement and criminal justice system!
Where did Germany find all those people willing to be Gestapo, SS, prison guards in concentration camps? How could there be that many power-mad, officious, heartless goons in one country at one time?
Basic human nature. Visible every day in the USA. The hiring profiles for police and government workers in the United States excel at finding the type that just will not ever let it go ... they will impose their power relentlessly, and use whatever force they desire. All they are waiting for is the order to escort you into the showers, and they would do so willingly and gladly.
of course, that has nothing to do with the post. If the article is correct, the cops should be arrested and jailed.
It would be just deserts if these two miscreants were in another country and the police started to talking to them in a language they couldn’t understand.....
Then got an even greater beat down...
I had a (now-deceased) Down syndrome friend. The thought of him being maltreated like this infuriates me!
If any of this is true, every cop involved should be pepper-sprayed, shot with Taser darts, and zapped until the probes burn themselves loose!
That's not enough. Fire them, terminate their pensions, and return the pension funds to the tax payers. No sense in keeping these lawless thugs in luxury for the rest of their life at the expense of tax payers.
What goes around will come around eventually. One day, and that day is not far off, the citizens watching this kind of unwarranted abuse will retaliate, and we will have a dead cop or two on our hands. This is just so unnecessary and counterproductive. It’s long past time when these miscreants in blue suits go to jail for their illegal acts of abuse!
Why doesn’t anyone ever challenge the meme that “disrespecting” a cop is a punishable offense? You know, that hoary old “you don’t have to respect me, but you have to respect the badge” nonsense?
Um, you’re WEARING the badge, Professor Wizard. So you are in fact saying that if I don’t cower like a slave, you’re perfectly justified in using force or the awesome power of arrest to ruin me professionally.
I owe cops the exact same amount of respect I give the checker at Ralph’s or the oil change guy at Jiffy Lube. No more and no less. One working citizen to another. And if that’s not good enough for them, they can ask me to take my business elsewhere. They don’t get to use a weapon on me to “teach me a lesson.” Why should cops?
Every cop involved in this incident shouldn’t be carrying any kind of weapon and should be summarily fired.
There seems to be no balance anymore. Something is seriously broken.
Things seem to go from zero to deadly in an eye blink.
Watching Reality TV rots your brain.
Welcome to the USSA, comrades.
A police state is a safe state!
With reasonable suspicion of illegally operating a bicycle in traffic, these officers ended up in a use of force situation and three arrests. Way to de-escalate the situation.
I can't believe the prosecutor's office took the mother and family friend to court over this, after more facts were known.
The city is going to pay out on this one.
Where I live the county paid a settlement on a perfectly good use of a taser. Fleeing felon hides under a porch, kicks a police dog hard enough that the dog lost a tooth. When he got tasered one of the probes hit him in the left testicle (deployment extremely effective).
In other words, a LEO would be an utter fool to make enemies out of the better citizens of the country. Not that there are no fools in the police force... I guess I'm lucky that the local Sheriff's Deputy who works this area appears to be quite decent and professional. We talked a couple of times, he knows who belongs here and who doesn't, and that works well for everyone.
A county cop rolls through my little town once or twice a week.
If I had to bet my life ion it, I would back the boy’s story over the cop’s.
Corruption, dishonesty and easy trigger fingers are central to modern cop culture.
“Sorry if that story is true, but Ive watched enough cops to know lots of bad guys deserve to get zapped.”
There is so much wrong with this statement I don’t know where to start.
The police on “Cops” know the TV camera is watching. And if the camera catches anything incriminating, it will be deleted. If “Cops” showed what cops are really like, the show would lose access.
Fortunately for my keyboard, I had just set my cup down when I read about the “Van Jones Groin Leech”.
“When he got tasered one of the probes hit him in the left testicle (deployment extremely effective). “
I’m sure the felon dropped, but how about the testicle?
I’m betting the cop in the original story had a lisp or stutter or knew someone who did and thought the kid was mocking him. Taser time.
If you want to read on all kinds of cases involving cops behaving badly then please checkout this site.
This will give you a whole new perspective on just how far out of control our law enforcement is in this country.
When the SHTF I going to guess a whole lot of people are going to go looking for some of these bad cops and take some revenge for being mistreated.
Remember some of New Orleans Police officers are on trial right now for shooting and killing unarmed citzens on a bridge after the hurricane had passed.
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