I am Senior Corporal Cat Lafitte, or was
until this happened:
Main Stream Media Version
Here's ATS's response:
which was understandably scathing.
But here's the truth:
In less than 6 years I achieved Master Peace Officer certification, promoted to Senior Corporal, had made over 830 arrests. I had 23 Commendations
and 3 Certificates of Merit. I had only received ONE complaint and it was Not Sustained. I had ZERO discipline in my entire career. And no, I had
no history of mental illness.
February 2011: I was recovering from pneumonia, the flu and an injured knee. I was prescribed steroids for my illnesses and took them as prescribed
by my doctor.
I was forced to work approximately 36 hours in 3 days with no sleep between Sat/Sun. On Sunday I approached multiple supervisors, begging them to let
me go home. Obviously they declined. According to the Texas Workforce Commission DPD violated state labor laws but TWC doesn't have jurisdiction
over city employees.
Sleep deprivation + steroids caused me to become severely manic.
I went to the Medical Center of Plano ER for help. They ignored me for 2 hours (did not know I was an officer, just assumed I was a drug addict
because I was acting strangely- manic) I did begin yelling on my phone. I was sitting on a gurney in nothing but panties and a hospital gown with my
back to the door when a male EMT came charging in. He was literally a foot taller, and 200 lbs heavier than me. He shoved past Matt and tackled me
off the bed and choked me- resulting in debilitating and permanent PTSD. I scrambled to get away from him. "Throwing my boot at him Jerry Springer
style" meant I was using my friend as a human shield and throwing my clothing at this crazed hospital employee in an effort to keep him from choking
me again. DPD was called to the scene and escorted me home.
Knowing that I was not acting normally and knowing that I had received no treatment at the ER, DPD dropped me off, took my guns, put me on
administrative leave. And left me alone for 7 DAYS.
That evening, the next day, the next day I called my Lt. directly begging for help. On Thursday (the day after the incident in the ER) he gave me a
1-800 number to call. I was too manic to be able to deal with the automated menu. I was too manic to drive. I was terrified to go to an ER.
At the time this was in place in department rules:
432.04 Critical Incident Stress Program
A. The purpose of this program is to provide support for employees involved in critical incidents.
B. A critical incident is defined as any occurrence having the potential to interfere with an individual's ability to function.
Critical Incidents occur when employees are involved in situations such as:
4. Incidents which supervisors believe require psychological support.
C. The Watch Commander will be responsible for notifying Psychological Services within 24 hours of the incident.
Psychological Services will coordinate initial contact procedures through the Peer Support Coordinator.
D. Peer Support personnel may be utilized to make initial contact, provide support and offer information regarding the formal debriefing for involved
E. A Psychological Services Staff member will conduct the formal debriefing, which is designed to minimize or alleviate stress related symptoms and
prevent the development of more serious post trauma syndromes.
None of the above happened. They dropped me off at Green Oaks (mental hospital) 7 DAYS after the initial incident, this hospitalization was never
documented by the department. I was never contacted by 'Psychological Services'. No one from DPD followed up on my condition.
An interesting side note: In the year that followed this incident all the supervisors involved were quietly transferred to other positions and new
mental illness protocol was introduced into General Orders. The ironic part is that the rules in place at the time would have been sufficient- if
they had been followed!
On day 6 of being left alone (severely manic and experiencing severe PTSD) I got on Facebook and had a 10 page discussion with 2 friends, telling them
about how I went to the ER and was attacked.
The meme of the little African American boy had been sitting on my Facebook for months. It said "Damn 5-0" underneath it, therefore making fun of
racist police. The meme was posted by a friend, who is white, but has several adopted black siblings. He is not racist. I responded with a Dave
Chappelle quote- which was also famous for making fun of racist police. When the news article came out, they conveniently omitted the words that were
included in the meme and the fact that what I typed in response was a verbatim quote, not my own words. As for 'Official Bum Roller', just another
stupid joke. I had been assigned to the downtown Paddy Wagon for over a year. I was the one scooping up the drunks and the crackheads so they
didn't bother the 'beautiful people'. I try to always treat everyone with dignity and respect, and please understand that none of my jokes were
meant to be malicious.
Up until my termination I put in writing everything that happened, which included all the rules and laws that had been violated by DPD supervisors.
Nothing was investigated and no one was punished but me. DPD has it set up so that if you file a grievance it goes directly to the supervisor you are
After my termination I began trying to contact the City Manager's Office. The Assistant City Manager refused to return my phone calls for months.
By the time I found out about the Ethics committee and filed my complaints, the statute of limitations was up.
5 months after the initial incident I was charged with assault based on the complete lie told by the EMT. But 2 years later- almost to the day that
the statute of limitations would be up- it was dropped. I filed a complaint against the hospital with the Texas Department of Health and it was
substantiated. Of course I never received an apology or an opportunity to pursue charges against the EMT.
So, here I am, 4 years later. I am on disability through the Pension system because several doctors and a majority vote determined that I'm disabled
and it's DPD's fault. There's no way I can work full time, but I would love to try to work part time. The problem? One search of my name and all
these BS articles and blogs come up. I've tried contacting the media, but they're not interested in 'old news'.
1. I was taught in my training that chokeholds were for deadly force situations. WTF is up with all these chokehold deaths/murders? And let me tell
you as a Severe PTSD sufferer and chokehold survivor, that even if you aren't killed you can certainly suffer permanent damage.
2. I've tried contacting web masters to remove libel such as 'Cat Lafitte hates black people' (I cringe just typing that) and get no response.
Instead of having them removed, I would be perfectly happy with flooding the internet with the truth and 'drowning out' the untrue crap.
3. Without MSM assistance- how can I get my story out and attempt to repair my badly tarnished image?