Originally posted by 1611KJV
Apparently the "woman" (used very loosely) in question happens to be queer and quite proud of it according to the video provided. Is this the reason she made news?
BOGOTA — Disciplinary hearings continue Tuesday for the Bogota police officer who claims she's being discriminated against as the town tries to prove her unfit for duty...
at last week's hearing, the borough argued that Tasca's "bizarre and outlandish" behavior included a failure to assist another officer in another incident that same month, The Record reported. The department then ordered a psychological exam that found her unfit for duty.
"This is the same doctor that did the same exam on Regina in December and found her fit for duty," Elston said. "Four months later he did the same exam and found her unfit for duty."
Hearings over Tasca's dismissal continue Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Bogota.
The 11-year veteran — and only woman in the department — is accused of dereliction of duty and failure to assist a fellow officer, among other charges, in two incidents that occurred separately in April of 2011.
The first incident involved a violent and intoxicated woman who allegedly attacked Tasca's partner, Officer Jerome Fowler outside Holy Name Medical Center. Bogota Police Capt. James L. Sepp, who conducted the internal affairs investigation that lead to the recommendation for her dismissal, testified that Tasca "casually watched" as her partner was assaulted by the woman.
Through questioning Capt. Sepp, Elston sought to demonstrate that Bogota police didn't interview a sufficient number of witnesses at the scene of the April 3 incident at Holy Name, that they mischaracterized Tasca's account in their internal affairs investigation and that they waited over a month after the incident to launch their investigation of her behavior.
Upon my arrival to the scene, the individual, Kyle Sharp, didn't understand why the police where there," she said. "And I explained to him, it's protocol."
But Tasca said that as she was speaking to Sharp, two officers from Ridgefield Park, responding to a call for assistance, arrived at the scene. After an argument with Sharp, Tosca says that the Ridgefield Park police overreacted.
"One officer jumps on top of him, and then the other officer starts punching him in the head," she said, describing the response as "excessive force." "There was no reason for it," she said. "It was a simple medical transport. The kid had no weapons, he wasn't even ever charged. Nothing."
Sharp was not under arrest, but Thibault testified that in the moment there was little difference between an arrest and the custodial detention officers were performing in order to transport him to a medical facility. "My concern was that he was either going to become missing, that we were going to get into a foot pursuit with him, that we weren't going to be able to locate him at some point," he said. "Or it was my concern that a tragedy was going to occur, that it would end up in the road, and either I get hit by a car, or he gets hit by a car. It was unknown what was going to happen based on his behavior at that point. ...
By Tasca's account, Sharp posed no danger as he began walking away from police, and her attorney, Catherine Elston, argued that in accordance to the attorney general's use of force guidelines, Thibault should have verbally commanded Sharp to stop before tackling him. She also noted that police officers who observe excessive use of force are expected to intervene.