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Lafayette police officer gets hit with federal lawsuit after wheelchair-pushing incident
WRTV6, CBS ^ | 5:44 AM, Jul 11, 2014 | Lydia Williams, TheIndyChannel.com

Posted on 07/11/2014 5:05:12 AM PDT by FunkyZero

The Lafayette, Ind., police department (LPD) recently released dash cam video of an October 2013 incident in which a paraplegic man reportedly ran over the foot of Lt. Tom Davidson, who then pushed the man and his wheelchair over the curb and onto the ground.

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Video link to the dash cam video in body of article. The SOB got to keep his job with nothing more than a year of probation. Warning: There is some pretty foul language in the video (The wheelchair guy is quite obviousy unhappy)
1 posted on 07/11/2014 5:05:12 AM PDT by FunkyZero
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To: FunkyZero

Correction, It’s an ABC affiliate, not CBS. My apologies


2 posted on 07/11/2014 5:06:05 AM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: FunkyZero

Good. It’s about time federal civil rights laws were brought to bear on cops who do this.


3 posted on 07/11/2014 5:07:18 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: FunkyZero

If you watch, it pretty much speaks for itself.


4 posted on 07/11/2014 5:07:30 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: FunkyZero

Well as long as the cop got to go home to his family then everything is OK (Do I really need the sarcasm tag?)


5 posted on 07/11/2014 5:26:06 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: FunkyZero

Had a slob ran into me on a borrowed Wallyworld scooter in the grocery isle. He then backed up and ran forward again striking my ankle. I grabbed his steering wheel and told him if he ran into me again I would slap his face, pull out the key, and throw it across the store. He looked at me like it was my fault.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 5:30:20 AM PDT by Patriot365
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>>Had a slob ran into me on a borrowed Wallyworld scooter

When I was recovering from knee surgery a few years ago, I had one of these hambeasts back her scooter into me in Wal-Mart. When I didn’t move, she backed into me again and then angrily said, “Excuse me. I need to move.”

I rapped the side of her scooter with my cane and said, “I’m standing here and you’ll just have to wait because it hurts for me to walk but I’m not about to ride one of those things.”


7 posted on 07/11/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyranni)
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To: FunkyZero

First thought into MY beady little mind is that the guy in the wheelchair was one of those bodily orifices that fake being handicapped just for the perqs it gives them....parking spaces, head of the line everywhere, board airplanes first....I personally KNOW several.

I DOUBT whether a truly disabled person would be so rude. 99 44/100% are polite and humble.

OTOH....nothing pizzes me off more than an arrogant swaggering cop....but on this one I think I want to side with the Officer.


8 posted on 07/11/2014 5:56:22 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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To: Tucker39

First sentence in the article says he is paraplegic. Did you miss that, or do you have reason to believe the article is wrong?


9 posted on 07/11/2014 6:04:28 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H

Cops are moving from helpful and polite to aggressive and ‘I am right, no matter the facts’. This is reflected in videos being posted nationwide. It is a training and culture attitude that is reinforced by the powers that be. After all, many are wanna-be military and have no reluctance to bully citizens.

And before you jump on this post, be advised that I worked for years in a large Texas suburban city as an investigator for the City Attorney and it was part of my job to investigate complaints about the police.


10 posted on 07/11/2014 6:20:34 AM PDT by rstrahan
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Its an assault and the officer should lose his job and be put in jail...


11 posted on 07/11/2014 6:26:36 AM PDT by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: rstrahan

I’ve dealt with this guy when used to live there.
He is a giant penis canker.
nuff said


12 posted on 07/11/2014 6:29:31 AM PDT by WhirlwindAttack (I do not advocate the use of violence. It works but I don't advocate it. YMMV Improvise.)
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To: FunkyZero

This should be a criminal matter, not just a civil matter.


13 posted on 07/11/2014 6:35:50 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: FunkyZero

What I found especially disturbing was the reaction from the cop. He didn’t even think about, pure instinct to lash out at the citizenry.


14 posted on 07/11/2014 6:48:21 AM PDT by dc27
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I like how the white shirts knew where to stand to block the dash cam view.

Nothing but thugs.


15 posted on 07/11/2014 7:20:01 AM PDT by PissAndVinegar
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To: Ken H

Missed that, and couldn’t play the video. Every time I tried a pop-up jumped up trying to download a video player on me. I vetoed that. When you agree they always dump a lot of other unwanted crap on your machine.
However, I am inclined to stick with my original hunch that even if paralytic, the guy had a tude, and THAT’s why he ran over Officer Friendly’s foot.

That sort of thing strikes me as almost certainly intentional. Did the perp attempt to IMMEDIATELY apologize?


16 posted on 07/11/2014 8:26:38 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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“I DOUBT whether a truly disabled person would be so rude. 99 44/100% are polite and humble.”

You have no earthly clue of the mental attitude of 99 44/100% of disabled people. I had no idea that you were psychic enough to intuit that the guy deliberately ran over the cop’s foot. How about he was probably a little shook up from the confrontation since he is at a terrible disadvantage and wasn’t paying attention.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 8:37:55 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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Doesn’t matter. the disabled guys intentions or attitude are irrelevant. He didn’t have a knife or a gun, he posed no immediate danger outside of a possible bruised foot... and the cop had literally 4-5 seconds to move to avoid that. He stood with his feet spread out as if to block the guy from moving from what I can see. We could argue that the disabled guy should be charged with assault, but that doesn’t justify what the cop did. He’s in a wheelchair.. how hard is it to step more than 24 inches away from him? Instead, the cop reacted with his anger. We don’t pay him for that, we pay him to be professional. If he can’t handle it, he needs to go pump gas or something where he doesn’t have to deal with the dregs of society. Pretty simple. You don’t have to be on one side or the other. Quite frankly, I’m guessing they are BOTH guilty of assaulting the other... and we expect better out of the police.


18 posted on 07/11/2014 9:31:44 AM PDT by FunkyZero (... I've got a Grand Piano to prop up my mortal remains)
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To: Tucker39

Doing your homework for you => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm9BqJu7svg


19 posted on 07/11/2014 10:27:29 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: FunkyZero

Yes we pay these people to be professional. They go through intense training to become professional law enforcement officers. Dumping parapalegics out of wheelchairs is pretty much beyond the pale.


20 posted on 07/11/2014 10:27:29 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Ken H

Thanks for trying, but the video won’t load or play on this Samsung Galaxy S-4....as well as several other issues with it. I wish I had my old PanTech back!


21 posted on 07/12/2014 3:45:32 AM PDT by Tucker39 (Welcome to America! Now speak English; and keep to the right....In driving, in Faith, and in politic)
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