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Duluth Cop Beating Man in Wheelchair

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sorry if this was posted already

best part is when the cop threatens the female staff member

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b15bMG5zvsU

 

Duluth, Minnesota Police Officer Richard Jouppi has been charged with assault after a surveillance video (below) showed him hitting a drunk 50-year-old man, Anthony Jon Jackson, in a wheelchair.

 

The Duluth News Tribune reports that Officer Jouppi has been placed on paid administrative leave while an independent prosecutor investigates the Sept. 21 incident.

 

Officer Jouppi and his partner arrested Jackson, who had allegedly been in two fights at his apartment complex, earlier that night. Police said Jackson is able to walk, but was in the wheelchair when officers arrived.

 

The video shows Jackson asked by a female police staff member to remove his leather jacket. Jackson stands up and asks her, "Would you like me to throw it at you?"

 

The female staff member says: "Throw it at me, see what happens."

 

Jackson sits down and starts removing the jacket with help from Officer Jouppi. Moments later, Jackson grabs at Officer Jouppi's face, who punches Jackson five times.

 

When the female staff member steps toward Jackson, Officer Jouppi tells her: "Shut up, back up, or I'll arrest you, too. You don't think people in a wheelchair can assault people? Turns out he just did."

 

Officer Jouppi already has five complaints on his personnel record, according to WDIO-TV. The charges against Jackson were dropped.

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I've used up all my wheelchair related puns in the other thread. Damn.

 

That was straight nonsense. Definitely not someone that should be wearing a badge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worst bit is, he'll probably walk off scott free.

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A "terrified" blind man has been hit with a 50,000 volt Taser gun after UK police mistook his white stick for a Samurai sword.

Stroke victim Colin Farmer, 61, collapsed to the ground in shock after he was hit in the back with the gun while walking down the street in Chorley, Lancashire.

Police had received reports of a man walking through the town armed with the deadly martial arts weapon and raced to the scene to hunt down the offender.

Meanwhile Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes and walks at a "snail's pace", was on his way to the pub to meet friends for a drink and did not realise anything was afoot.

 

He had no idea a police officer had mistaken his thin white stick for a machete and ordered him to stop before pulling the trigger on the Taser gun.

Mr Farmer cried out, "I'm blind! I'm blind!" while collapsed on the floor but was still handcuffed by the officer from Lancashire Police.

"The whole thing was like being trapped in a nightmare," he told the Chorley Guardian.

Mr Farmer said he heard shouting on the street but did not know what it was about and thought he was about to be "attacked by some hooligans".

He was then struck by the Taser and fell to the ground, dropping his white stick on the floor before a policeman handcuffed him.

He was taken to Chorley Hospital for treatment and was later released following the incident at about 5.45pm last Friday.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Williams, from Lancashire Police, said: "We received a number of reports that a man was walking through Chorley armed with a Samurai sword and patrols were sent to look for the man.

"One of the officers believed he had located the offender. Despite asking the man to stop, he failed to do so and the officer discharged his Taser.

"It then became apparent this man was not the person we were looking for and officers attended to him straight away.

"Lancashire Constabulary deeply regrets what has happened. We have clearly put this man through a traumatic experience and we are extremely sorry.

"We have launched an urgent investigation to understand what lessons can be learned and the matter has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

Mr Farmer is reportedly considering legal action against the force.

 

 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/blind-man-tasered-as-police-mistake-white-stick-for-samurai-sword-20121018-27s9j.html#ixzz29bjl6daz

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