*An epileptic teen in the midst of a grand-Mal seizure was tased and thrown to the ground by one cop, as other officers stood around and watched. When her mother tried to intervene, she too, was thrown to the ground and tased. Thinking this was funny, the officers laughed about it and threatened to take both the mother and daughter to a mental institution.
How can this type of atrocity continue to happen?
From any angle, based on recent events, those who took an oath to protect and serve us appear to have become the ones we need protection from.
How are we supposed to trust the police, and expect their help in healing our communities, when we bear witness to incomprehensible numbers of crooked, untrained, and racist officers who place those colleagues who actually take their oath seriously in the minority?
I would LOVE to hear from a police officer on this.
Attorney Gregory Harp has filed the lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s 16-year-old daughter; whose name is being withheld. The suit states, “A Taser was used three times on a child’s chest, during a medical emergency, while she was pinned to the ground by officers. Other officers present at the scene failed to intervene. Her mother was knocked to the ground, handcuffed, and then she herself tased and arrested. Adding insult to injury, the officers also allegedly made fun of the mother’s arrest and threatened to send her to a mental facility.
This all started at a hip-hop concert at Center Stage in Rainbow City, Alabama. When the show became unruly, the girl, who is epileptic, went into a seizure. A concert-goer went to seek help from a Center Stage employee (apparently a city police officer); who is said to have lifted the girl up, took her to the lobby and “unceremoniously dumped her on the floor,” where she was held down in a choke-hold and tased three times.
According to the lawsuit, it was the tasing which caused the teen to have a third grand-Mal seizure from which she lost consciousness.
When the girl’s mother was contacted (possibly by the friend and fellow concertgoer) she appeared at the venue in a T-shirt and pajama bottoms. Once she located her daughter and witnessed what was being done, she tried to intervene.
According to the lawsuit, the mother was “held down on the ground at five different point of her body,” and then restrained to make her wrists, hands and fingers immobile.
After restraining the mother a police officer reportedly instructed his colleague officer to “get her” — twice — after which time he tased her; which caused her to urinate on herself.
Attorney’s believe the police involved tried to cover up “their unconstitutional actions” by taking the mother to the county jail on charges of disorderly conduct.
Again I ask, with all of the examples in real-time, showing police officers caught on camera acting in unprofessional, unconstitutional ways; and police departments being held accountable as a result, WHY are officers still doing things like this?
Perhaps we should look at the possibility that some of these officers are mentally challenged. Perhaps this is an issue that needs to be investigated.
Learn more about the 32-page lawsuit, which names and holds Rainbow City Police Chief Greg Carroll, the entertainment venue: Center Stage, and the individual officers accountable (as they should), at Black Time Travel.