Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Police Electrically Shock and Pepper Spray Deaf, Mentally Disabled Man for Not Complying With Orders

Here's more evidence that many police officers are too obtuse and wantonly brutal to benefit from additional training and guidelines when it comes to the use of portable electrocution devices.

taser gun bart officer-218-85 "MOBILE, Ala. — Police in Mobile, Ala., used pepper spray and a Taser on a deaf, mentally disabled who they said wouldn’t leave a store’s bathroom." Undercover 4 Liberty

"When Antonio Love failed to heed orders to come out of a bathroom at a Dollar General store, Mobile police used pepper spray and a Taser on him — ultimately arresting him for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer. The problem is that Love, 37, is deaf and mentally disabled.

Store employees called officers complaining that Love had been in the bathroom for more than an hour with the door locked. When Love did not respond to their knocks, police used a tire iron to pry open the door — which Love tried to keep closed. They then used pepper spray and once inside shot him with a taser." JONATHAN TURLEY

The victim's name is Antonio Love. Was he Black or Latino and what role may that have played in the treatment he received from police?

"After forcibly removing Antonio Love from the bathroom of the Azalea Road store, officers attempted to book the 37-year-old, on charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer, but the magistrate on duty at the jail refused to accept any of those charges." Goat Hill News
There are some devices that are simply to inherently dangerous and subject to abuse for police to be allowed to carry them. Most people recover from pepper spray. But many "suspects" never make it to court after being electrocuted. Electrocution devices are too inherently dangerous to be entrusted to police.If the rear seat of police cars were turned into electric chairs, is there any doubt that some police officers would execute arrestees and then try to justify the actions afterward?


Vy said...

The family is 100 percent to blame for this, and the police are blameless. They cannot read someone's mind on the other side of a bathroom door. The family should not have allowed this mentally disabled and deaf man to wander around unsupervised. They should be prosecuted for their neglect.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...


Vy, so now mentally ill people are not allowed to leave the house without companions, or they risk being maced, electrocuted by police whose most urgent problem is clearing out the bathroom stalls in a store?

If it were seven year-old child who was maced and shocked, would you still say that the police were blameless because children should not leave the home along, lest they be attacked by the police?

Your whiteness is showing.

BrooklynLawyersFirm.com said...

The U.S. Constitution protects you from being arrested without probable cause. The Constitution also states that you have the right to be treated fairly by the police. This means that the police do not have a write to beat you commit police brutality.

Francis L. Holland Blog said...

You can say that again, BrooklynLawyersFirm.Com. If only the police felt bound by the Constitution instead a KKK-like brotherhood bond whose first commandment is to defend one another from the Constitution rather than simply follow it.

Dan said...

It seems like, in many cases like this, the officers lack proper training to identify the type and degree of force they need to exercise when dealing with people that are mentally (or physically) disabled. Perhaps the best way to neutralize a mentally disabled suspect is with words, rather than violence. That being said, it's not very fair or accurate to paint all police officers as brutal, under-trained menaces.