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Originally posted by elevatedone
For the record...
I never said the cops were right or wrong in this matter.
I never said the "granny" desereved to be tased.
I simply feel we're only getting part of the story, the side of the grandson.
I'd just like to know what really happened.
It is horrible man... and unfortunately it's not an isolated thing and it seems, with or without the confirmed validity of the Story in the OP, that these incidents are becoming more frequent.
He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff“took a more aggressive posture in her bed,” and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.
Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed.
Yup . and everyone knows that tasers dont cause the body to convulse violently and are perfectly safe to use in an oxygen rich environment unless perhaps you stand on the supply first . I will say however , that your logic on why they decided to use a taser may be correct.
Originally posted by Marked One
If somebody wants to commit suicide. It's common for an air-taser to be deployed on the subject to prevent them from hurting themselves and/or someone else. That's what it's meant for as a matter of fact.
12.On or about December 22, 2009 the plaintiff Lona M. Varner was in her apartmentat 1955 S. Shepard Ave, Apt. 703, El Reno, Oklahoma, in her hospital-type bed. She was alsoconnected to a portable oxygen concentrator with a long hose.
13.A severe winter storm was moving into the area and Ms. Varner’s grandson, LonnieD. Tinsley, came to the apartment to check on her at the request of his father, now deceased; becauseLona Varner is 86 years-old and in marginal health, she takes several prescribed medications daily; Lonnie’s grandmother was unable to tell him exactly when she had taken her meds, he wasconcerned and called 911 to ask for an emergency medical technician to come to her apartment toevaluate her.
14.As many as ten El Reno police, John Does Nos. 1 - 10, including Thomas Duran,
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Frank Tinga, and Joseph Sandberg, came to the apartment and pushed their way through the door. Ms. Varner told them to get out of her apartment. Instead, the apparent leader of the police (Duran)instructed another policeman to “Taser her!” He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff“took a more aggressive posture in her bed,” and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety ofothers.
15.Lonnie Tinsley told them, “Don’t taze my Granny!” to which they responded thatthey would taser him; instead, they pulled him out of her apartment, took him down to the floor,handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car.
16.The police then proceeded to approach Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on heroxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.
17.The police then fired a taser at her and only one wire struck her, in the left arm; thepolice then fired a second taser, striking her to the right and left of the midline of her upper chest andapplied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out.
18.The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together,causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her.
19.The police freed Lonnie Tinsley from his incarceration in the back of the police carand permitted him to accompany the ambulance with his grandmother.
20.Lona Varner was transported by paramedics to Parkland Hospital in El Reno wherethe burns to her chest and the torn flesh on her arms were treated.
21.Ms. Varner was transported in the early morning hours of December 23, 2009 fromParkland to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City where she was placed in the psychiatric wardat the direction of the El Reno police; she was held there for six days and released.
22.As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, the plaintiff Lona M. Varner suffered
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the unlawful restraint of her freedom, bodily injury, assault, battery, the trashing of her apartment, humiliation, loss of personal dignity, infliction of emotional distress and medical bills.
23.As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, Lonnie D. Tinsley suffered theunlawful restraint of his freedom, assault, battery, humiliation, lost of person dignity, negligentinfliction of emotional distress by witnessing the physical abuse of his grandmother and intentionalinfliction of emotional distress.
24.By the actions described above, the defendants deprived the plaintiffs of clearlyestablished and well-settled constitutional rights:
a.Freedom from the deprivation of liberty without due process of law;
b.Freedom from the seizure of theirs persons without due process of the law.
25.The individual defendants subjected the plaintiffs to these deprivations of their rightseither maliciously, or by acting with a reckless disregard for whether the plaintiffs’ rights would beviolated by their actions.
26.As a direct and proximate result of the acts and omissions of the individualdefendants, which were intentional, or done with gross negligence, Lona M. Varner and Lonnie D.Tinsley were forced to endure great pain, mental suffering, fear and humiliation, were deprived oftheir physical liberty, were forced to incur legal and medical expenses, and suffered personal injuryand mental injuries as described above.
It is not the duty of the police to protect you. Their job is to protect the Corporation and arrest code breakers. Sapp v. Tallahasee, 348 So. 2nd. 363, Reiff v. City of Philadelphia, 477 F.Supp. 1262, Lynch v. N.C. Dept of Justice 376 S.E. 2nd. 247.