posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 06:23 AM
reply to post by Retikx
Ya your right, you and butch are both right. She should have been gently placed in the cruiser and taken to booking, slept it off in an overnight cell
and released. And she definitively would have learned her lesson from that. Poor poor 20 year old american female, i mean what did she really do wrong
here? 2 hit and runs while under the influence and running from police..... i mean who hasn't done that right?
Love the sarcasm.....they should really come up with a special font just for that.
Never did I say she was innocent, nor did I say she should have been given any special treatment. What I am saying is, she was handcuffed, unarmed
and allegedly under the influence of both coc aine and oxycodone which depending on the dose of each, could have severely impaired her judgement.
The officer was very obviously within arm's reach of her but chose to tase her instead of grab her....essentially tasing her point-blank. Another
step or so, and he would have actually made skin contact with the taser. That was unnecessary and excessive.
Obviously she was in their custody because she had allegedly committed crimes...no one is questioning that. But to use a weapon of that severity when
he was literally a couple of feet behind her? Kind of like swatting a fly with a battering ram.....just an unecessary use of force. And as I said,
he most likely now realizes that and it will be on his conscience for a long time to come. If you pay attention to the body language in the video,
you can see that he knew he screwed up after she lost consciousness (the longer version of the vid).
She should never have been allowed to remain in their custody at any time without being completely cuffed, and as someone else pointed out, she should
not have been close enough to an exit to have even made it outside. That is the real issue as far as investigation into the matter goes, because he
would have had to answer for that. So for whatever reason she ran, she was able to do so because she was not restrained properly. And sorry, but it
was his responsibility to make sure she was restrained...and he knows that too.
Yes it is stupid to run from the police and more than likely it was a case of the opportunity presenting itself and her taking advantage of that and
believing somehow that she could actually escape, perhaps emboldened by the drugs in her system. But he screwed up in the first place by presenting
her with the opportunity, and he should be held accountable for that. If she hadn't ended up brain dead, she would have faced trial by a jury of her
peers and would have been handed a sentence proportionate to her crimes. Somehow, I think that brain death and ensuing persistent vegetative state
would not be the sentence handed down.
She should be serving her sentence now, if she was in fact guilty and found so in a court of law. But due to her bad judgement AND his, that is not
going to happen. It is not a question of whether or not she deserved to be punished if she did indeed commit the crimes. It is the fact that she did
not deserve to die and it didn't have to happen like that...if he was close enough to touch her with the taser, then he was close enough to grab her.