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The suit claimed Deschenes and Hill held Washington at gunpoint for several minutes as he sat unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his stopped
The officers asked him to show his hands and exit the car, but Washington could not do so because he had suffered from a stroke while driving.
According to the lawsuit, Jurgens arrived several minutes later and fired a Taser at Washington with no verbal warning, striking him in the face.
Deschenes then holstered his firearm and opened the driver’s side door of Washington’s car, “further confirming” the suspect had no
Having lived in the Fairfax County area of Northern VA and the surrounding areas (D.C., Maryland) for roughly 25 years, this is not unsurprising.
The Fairfax County Police are really rather draconic in their administration of the law. Once having been suspected of "something", I was pulled over
and actually boxed in with a cruiser immediately in front of, behind, and to either side of my car. It was my first car, and I was in my late teens.
I'd done nothing wrong. They had me out of the car, frisked with my hands on the trunk, and then made to sit in the curb while three Officers stood
within a meter of me, and the fourth was "calling it in". They proceeded to ask me a thousand questions about what I'd done, where I was going, did I
actually own the car (a 1970 Ford Galaxy Custom Deluxe 500, dull olive green tank), who were my friends in the area, etc, etc, etc.
On other occasions I've been verbally threatened as well over exceedingly basic interactions with the Officer (approaching Officer [that did not
appear to be in the middle of an arrest or any other "official" action involving the law] to ask a question, etc).
However, my favorite example of such interaction with local "authorities" was in S.C.. Neighbors were lighting fireworks late at night, scaring my
toddler and keeping everyone awake. I called the police, and they sent an Officer out. He was unwillinag to do anything and became upset because I
had the audacity to get upset with his inaction (I only had to be getting up for work in 4 hours, no reason to get mad, no....) and use language "he
objected to as a good christian and officer of the LAW". When I said I didn't give an ACT OF FORNICATION about him objecting to my choice of words,
the 5 foot nothing 100lb wet "authority" decided to thrust his maglight to within a foot of my face threatening me with arrest. I simply laughed,
all 6'3 300lb of me [physicality had ZERO to do with it [even though damned funny], he was in the wrong], told him to commit an ACT OF FORNICATION
upon himself, said goodnight, turned on my heel, went in my house and slammed the door shut, and got back into bed.
As Concrete Blonde said in God is a Bullet, "I'm a high school grad, I'm over 5'3, I'll get a badge and a gun and I'm joinin the P.D.", I feel that
the wrong mentality is attracted to such positions of authority. Whether those motivated to compensate for a lack of perceived power and authority,
or improperly trained / incapable of behaving as trained in moments of stress and duress, we're putting many of the wrong people in these
| Insert obligatory "I'm sure some cops are good, BUT" here |
This is all getting a little old, to be honest.
edit on 1-9-2017 by FHomerK because: Bleu Cheese and Squirrels wearing clown makeup