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62 Year old grandfather on vacation dies in Florida police custody
The Daily Mail ^ | 01/12/2012 | Lee Moran

Posted on 01/14/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by Duke of Qin

A mentally ill grandfather died after police officers strapped him naked to a chair, smothered him with a 'spit hood' and pepper-sprayed him 10 times during a 43-hour ordeal, it has been claimed.

Nick Christie, 62, was allegedly tortured in the 'Devil's Chair' at Lee County jail after being detained by Florida police officers in March 2009 following a 'mental breakdown'.

The hood, designed to stop him from spitting at officers, meant he could not escape the noxious spray's fumes - and he was never allowed to clean the residue from his body.

His family is now suing Lee County Sheriff's Department for 'wrongful death'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2085628/Nick-Christie-Mentally-ill-prisoner-strapped-Devils-Chair-pepper-sprayed-death.html#ixzz1jSkweFsk

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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I like this part the best.

Deputy Medical Examiner Dr Robert Pfalzgraf later noted in his autopsy report that, two days after his death, brown-orange liquid pepper spray was still all over Christie's body.

Pfalzgraf ruled the death a homicide, as Christie's heart gave out due to stress from his exposure to pepper spray. An internal investigation concluded there no wrongdoing on the part of any Lee County deputy.

None of the deputies involved were disciplined in any way and Florida State Attorney Stephen Russell declined to press criminal charges.

1 posted on 01/14/2012 12:01:37 PM PST by Duke of Qin
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To: Duke of Qin
Something must have happened to alter the title when you posted.

Actual title:

Strapped to the 'Devil's Chair' and 'pepper-sprayed to death': Horrific fate of mentally ill grandfather 'tortured by police until he died'

2 posted on 01/14/2012 12:05:29 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: Duke of Qin

Leon Panetta is outraged.


3 posted on 01/14/2012 12:06:23 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Duke of Qin

Wonder how the bootlicks will defend this one.


4 posted on 01/14/2012 12:07:34 PM PST by Yashcheritsiy
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To: Duke of Qin
Seems to be murder by cop but as always the DA protects the law breakers. Local DA should never be allowed to investigate local cops. Investigation of cops should be out of the governors and state attorneys office.
5 posted on 01/14/2012 12:09:30 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: Duke of Qin

Why the hell do we need to go to the British press to get any news any more?


6 posted on 01/14/2012 12:09:58 PM PST by Lazamataz (Every single decision Obama makes is to harm America.)
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To: Duke of Qin
Hopefully the feds will step in and arrest some of these goons for murder. Give the coroner credit for finding murder while the prosecutor and the rest try to cover it up. Outrageous.
7 posted on 01/14/2012 12:12:36 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Duke of Qin

For all of you here on FR who continually bray about “supporting law enforcement” I give you exhibit “A.” Local law enforcement has devolved into a bunch of low IQ union thugs who operate outside the very laws they are “sworn” to uphold. The “officers” involved in this killing need to be charged with this man’s murder, prosecuted, found guilty and sent to jail for a very long time.
Sadly, they will probably escape any punishment and feel that they can do it again.


8 posted on 01/14/2012 12:13:10 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Duke of Qin

For all of you here on FR who continually bray about “supporting law enforcement” I give you exhibit “A.” Local law enforcement has devolved into a bunch of low IQ union thugs who operate outside the very laws they are “sworn” to uphold. The “officers” involved in this killing need to be charged with this man’s murder, prosecuted, found guilty and sent to jail for a very long time.
Sadly, they will probably escape any punishment and feel that they can do it again.


9 posted on 01/14/2012 12:13:10 PM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: Duke of Qin

This story is hard to comprehend. Ruled a homicide, yet no one held accountable. I would Volunteer to sit as a juror on this civil case.


10 posted on 01/14/2012 12:16:57 PM PST by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: Duke of Qin

The only reprimand came when the chief learned the family dog got away unscathed.


11 posted on 01/14/2012 12:17:07 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: ClearCase_guy

This is what Leon Panetta stands for: No morality allowed.

All Natural Rights from God is eliminated in his sodomy “Rights’ world which ejects God and Christian Ethics—the very things which would have eliminated such a thing occuring.

He promotes evil——where evil is being forced BY LAW to become “good” in the worldview of children and forced on every adult, regardless of our freedom of Conscience and Religion stated in the Constitution. We have no Rights when God is kicked out-—Panetta. But then all Marxists know that-—that is why they are preventing the concept of God in our children and vilifying anyone with moral values as bigots and haters.

It is why the MSM hates Tim Tebow-—He represents American values as stated in our Constitution—can’t teach children Right and Wrong.....they might think people like Sandusky are evil.


12 posted on 01/14/2012 12:18:03 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law.)
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To: vette6387

What are the proper procedures that police should follow in a case like this?


13 posted on 01/14/2012 12:18:56 PM PST by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: Duke of Qin

I (cough) know someone who lives in Lee County, Florida. This “friend” (cough) also knows a few of the LEO types. All of them are good folks, but they will share stories of OTHER LEO types who are flat out crooked and bad.


14 posted on 01/14/2012 12:19:10 PM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Duke of Qin

It’s always Florida.


15 posted on 01/14/2012 12:19:36 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: swamprebel
I would Volunteer to sit as a juror on this civil case.

Therefore you would most likely be weeded out of the jury pool by defense attorneys.

16 posted on 01/14/2012 12:20:35 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Duke of Qin

Good thing they didn’t piss on him; they’d be on death row by now.


17 posted on 01/14/2012 12:21:28 PM PST by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Duke of Qin
From the article:

His wife Joyce was so worried about his trip that she contacted Lee County police to ask them to keep an eye out for him.

She also asked a captain from the Girard, Ohio, police to urge his Florida counterparts to take him to hospital if they found him.


The outcome sounds more like Baghdad under Saddam Hussein than the U.S. Or does it?
18 posted on 01/14/2012 12:21:51 PM PST by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: humblegunner

I’m sorry, but the original title was too long and would not post, so I had to reword it slightly.


19 posted on 01/14/2012 12:23:12 PM PST by Duke of Qin
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To: Duke of Qin

Good God! How does this kind of thing still happen? You’d think it was 1940s Florida.


20 posted on 01/14/2012 12:23:50 PM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Duke of Qin

FL cops are notorious. I remember years ago they would stop people on 95 and if they had a lot of cash on them, and nothing else, they would confiscate it with no stated reason. Thus began my boycott of the state. My son hates Disney with a passion anyway (I did something right!).


21 posted on 01/14/2012 12:26:08 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: RegulatorCountry

My sentiments are the least of concerns for the ilk who would defend murder of the “least amoung us” and children.
The civil trial will pale in comparison to their fate.


22 posted on 01/14/2012 12:26:08 PM PST by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: Duke of Qin

This is just wrong in every possible way. That PD better have a good insurance company. The people there deserve better than this lot.


23 posted on 01/14/2012 12:28:18 PM PST by bigbob
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To: A_perfect_lady

“It’s always Florida.”

Uh-uh. Southern California. The LAPD, for example, used to be the best-trained, most courteous and professional police force in the world.

Then they started letting hiring requirements slide, enlisting ex-gangbangers and other types with shady pasts.

Now we’ve got two Orange County cops awaiting trial for beating a mentally ill homeless guy to death on a public street.

At least they’ve been removed from the force and charged with murder.


24 posted on 01/14/2012 12:29:50 PM PST by Blue Ink
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To: Lazamataz

British or Asian.

Not the US’

You’ve got that right.


25 posted on 01/14/2012 12:30:24 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Duke of Qin

I recently viewed all three Netflix movies: Red Riding 74, 80 and 83 and I was so disillusioned that I can NEVER, EVER believe that any police force will tell the truth of what they do. Power corrupts absolutely.

We as citizens should do more to ensure we don’t install maniacs in positions of power. Police develop an “Us against ‘them’ mentality” and will lie, cheat, steal and murder to protect themselves and theirs.


26 posted on 01/14/2012 12:33:18 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: donna
Considering the victim was confused, disoriented and already couldn't breathe due to advanced COPD, they might have considered taking him to an ER before giving him the rubber hose treatment.
27 posted on 01/14/2012 12:35:52 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Duke of Qin
I had to reword it slightly

Yeah, slightly.

And what "slight" legal ramifications might there be in such an act?

What might hat do to the search function here? Slightly?

28 posted on 01/14/2012 12:37:10 PM PST by humblegunner (The kinder, gentler version...)
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To: org.whodat; paul51; swamprebel
So far, this has not been ruled as a "murder." It may happen down the road. For the moment it has been ruled as a homicide, not a murder.

If a homeowner shoots and kills an intruder, the Coroner will rule it as a homicide, even if it justifiable. Almost everyday, citizens or sworn officers are shooting and killing someone who is committing a felony. In each case, the Coroner will rule it as a homicide.

Of course now, some will read this and accuse me of defending the actions of the officers in this incident. I am not.

29 posted on 01/14/2012 12:41:06 PM PST by Respond Code Three (Support Free Republic lest we eventually get a Republic which is not free.)
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To: Duke of Qin

Does Florida Governor Scott have the authority to order a State investigation into this case?

http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/


30 posted on 01/14/2012 12:41:06 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: paul51

“Hopefully the feds will step in and arrest some of these goons for murder”

Only if the grandfather was a “person of color”.


31 posted on 01/14/2012 12:41:32 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: swamprebel

A point of order....not ‘ruled’ a homicide. Just opined by a coroner. DA is the one to prosecute for homicide. That said, the entire police force there should be imprisoned without parole.


32 posted on 01/14/2012 12:43:02 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Blue Ink
The LAPD, for example, used to be the best-trained, most courteous and professional police force in the world.

Then they started letting hiring requirements slide, enlisting ex-gangbangers and other types with shady pasts.

Now we’ve got two Orange County cops awaiting trial for beating a mentally ill homeless guy to death on a public street.

You switched forces in mid story.

33 posted on 01/14/2012 12:43:52 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Duke of Qin

An elderly, disoriented man with a slew of medications (locked up in a police truck according to the article) and they never once had him medically screened?

It would still be possible to bring charges, if the prosecutor had any integrity or balls.


34 posted on 01/14/2012 12:47:06 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Blue Ink

So...

the Los Angeles Police Department was good,
then they lowered their standards,
and the result was two officers in the Fullerton Police Department beat a guy to death.


35 posted on 01/14/2012 12:47:41 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: hinckley buzzard

How do they get him into the ambulance?


36 posted on 01/14/2012 12:48:21 PM PST by donna (This is what happens when America is no longer a Christian nation.)
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To: Duke of Qin; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; repubmom; HANG THE EXPENSE; Nepeta; ...
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A mentally ill grandfather died after police officers strapped him naked to a chair, smothered him with a 'spit hood' and pepper-sprayed him 10 times during a 43-hour ordeal, it has been claimed.

Nick Christie, 62, was allegedly tortured in the 'Devil's Chair' at Lee County jail after being detained by Florida police officers in March 2009 following a 'mental breakdown'.

More from the article:

An internal investigation concluded there no wrongdoing on the part of any Lee County deputy.

None of the deputies involved were disciplined in any way and Florida State Attorney Stephen Russell declined to press criminal charges.

. . . . Article, then see # 6.

37 posted on 01/14/2012 12:48:32 PM PST by LucyT ( NB. ~ Pakistan was NOT on the U.S. State Department's "no travel" list in 1981. ~)
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To: Duke of Qin

The final 30 minutes of John Rambo’s “activities” in First Blood come to mind...


38 posted on 01/14/2012 12:53:42 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Duke of Qin

Another FR poster said about another case, “Now we have thousands of roided-up paramilitary goons who think they’re living an episode of “The Shield,” treating us all like we’re MS-13 gangbangers on a three-day meth high.”

I support good cops and proper, constitutional procedures. I don’t ask that cops take unnecessary risks. However, this appears to be completely over the top.


39 posted on 01/14/2012 12:54:19 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: vette6387
For all of you here on FR who continually bray about “supporting law enforcement” I give you exhibit “A.”

Police are no different than any other group on the face of the earth. There are bad ones amongst them.

Your broad-brush painting is ridiculous. Do you think the same thing about our military protecting you?

40 posted on 01/14/2012 1:03:16 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: heartwood

And even if he was a young healthy-looking man, we’re not supposed to treat people like that in America.


41 posted on 01/14/2012 1:03:43 PM PST by heartwood
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To: Lazamataz

“Why the hell do we need to go to the British press to get any news any more?”

Good question. And I’m very leery of clicking the link because I’ve realized that all the bad viruses I’ve gotten have been after I’ve been to some brit paper site.


42 posted on 01/14/2012 1:06:34 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Same way those idiot jackboot sucking toadies always do.


43 posted on 01/14/2012 1:09:32 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: Duke of Qin

This happened 2 1/2 years ago..

Except for Monshay Gibbs, who testified, none have been identified.

Who else was involved.


44 posted on 01/14/2012 1:09:49 PM PST by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: donna

Well, for one thing, if he’s restrained and has a spit hood on, it’s hard to understand why pepper-spray would even come into the picture. What were they trying to accomplish by spraying him? Yeah, that’s a tough one to answer.


45 posted on 01/14/2012 1:10:52 PM PST by SuzyQue (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: LucyT

Thanks for the ping LucyT. I’m shocked, and confused as to what could possibly been their motive for such treatment of a man such as Mr. Christie. I can’t comment as I wasn’t there, but I did notice in the article that Mr. Christie went to Florida to visit his brother, and there was never again any mention of his brother in the article after he arrived in Florida. Only that he was in some Hotel, and his condition was unacceptable behavior, thus the police were called.

Wondering about his brother, and what happened that he wasn’t with him.

I’m certain we shall learn more in the future on this one. It seems the treatment was quite unnecessary, and vile to say the least. This man shouldn’t be dead at the hands of anyone much less trusted police officers serving a community.


46 posted on 01/14/2012 1:11:52 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: donna
"What are the proper procedures that police should follow in a case like this?"

There is no definitive answer here. I can only generalize about how we would handled it.

It is possible that we would have initially arrested him for being drunk in public. After a few hours he would have been released with no charges being filed. Our jurisdiction simply won't waste time going to court on drunk in public cases.

If he had gone back to the hotel, and had been arrested for trespassing, we would have cited him and told him not to go back. If he went back, we might have arrested him, and then the jail would have cited him right out again. And this could have happened several times. (Note here that our jurisdiction wouldn't have considered "trespassing" as something to incarcerate someone for a lengthy period of time without a court order.) Hopefully, at some point, and hopefully early, someone who had been told that he had mental health problems would have directed patrol or detention personnel to take him to the hospital and turned over to mental health personnel.

What was lacking in this case was compassion and common sense. And no amount of proper procedures training can be counted upon when common sense is lacking.

47 posted on 01/14/2012 1:12:38 PM PST by Respond Code Three (Support Free Republic lest we eventually get a Republic which is not free.)
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To: MichaelP; All

Good God! How does this kind of thing still happen? You’d think it was 1940s Florida.
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1940s Florida? I was thinking more along the lines of the 1930s Lubyanka in Moscow, or perhaps the Prinz-Albrecht-Straße in Berlin during the same time period.

This is insane, and the fact that apparently the DA thinks nothing is amiss tells me one must tread carefully when visiting Florida.


48 posted on 01/14/2012 1:13:27 PM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Duke of Qin

Puts abu graib in perspective doesn’t it.


49 posted on 01/14/2012 1:14:55 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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50 posted on 01/14/2012 1:17:52 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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