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An innocent deaf woman in Tacoma, Washington says that police shocked her with a Taser and then put her in jail for almost three days with no interpreter after she called 911 to report a guest had attacked her in her own apartment.
Lashonn White told KIRO that she called 911 on April 6 with the help of a certified American Sign Language interpreter.
At the officers’ request, 911 told White to go outside the building, but when she ran towards Koskovich, he pulled his Taser and fired electric probes into her ribs and stomach.
“All I’m doing is waving my hands in the air, and the next thing I know, I’m on the ground and then handcuffed. It was almost like I blacked out. I was so dizzy and disoriented,” White explained. Photographs showed that White also suffered injuries to her cheek, chin, ribs, neck and arms.
White was arrested for simple assault and obstruction of a public servant, but after 60 hours in jail — without an interpreter — a city prosecutor asked that the charges not be filed.
Former Bellevue police chief Don Van Blaricom reviewed the police reports and determined they “were obviously written in concert, after the fact, to CYA [cover your ass].”
Tacoma Police Officers Ryan Koskovich and Michael Young arrived at the apartment complex about six minutes later. Police records obtained by KIRO showed that both officers had been repeatedly informed that White was deaf.