No Good Union Cops
Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:15 AM
BALTIMORE (CN) - When an architect crashed his car while suffering a diabetic reaction on the way home from Bible study class, state and county police pepper sprayed him in the face and clubbed and Tasered him to death, his wife claims in court.
Linda Johnson sued the Maryland State Police, Baltimore County Police, their top commanders and six officers who allegedly beat and Tasered to death Carl D. Johnson on May 27, 2010.
Johnson suffered a diabetic attack sometime after 8:15 p.m. that night, after calling a friend to tell him he was leaving his Bible class, according to the complaint in Baltimore County Court.
He suffered a diabetic attack, crashed on the I-795, and his car came to rest against the guardrail in the median near the merger with I-695.
According to the complaint, when State Trooper Davon Parker arrived and tapped on the window, and Johnson managed to lower the window, Parker pepper sprayed him in the face.
Johnson then got out of his car and Parker clubbed him at least once in the knee. Defendant Officer Loss (fnu) then arrived and whacked Johnson at least twice with his club, the complaint states.
Baltimore County Police Officer Nicholas Wolferman then arrived, whacked Johnson "at least three times" with his own baton, then he and Officer Loss "grabbed Mr. Johnson and threw him over the guardrail," Johnson's widow says.
She claims the very first officer on the scene knew or should have known that her husband was suffering from a medical problem.
Nonetheless, after throwing him over the guardrail, the cops applied pressure points to his ears and armpits, she says. Three more cops arrived, including Baltimore County Officer Andrew O'Neill, who Tasered Johnson twice. Officer Loss then punched him in the face and the six officers managed to handcuff him, the widow says.
Eight more cops arrived, and someone took his wallet, which included a medical alert card about his diabetes. Nonetheless, the cops forcibly held him down, though he was not resisting, and was handcuffed, his wife says.
"Upon information and belief, there were approximately 52 individuals that responded to the scene," according to the complaint.
The widow claims Johnson was Tasered at least three times, while he was lying on his back, helpless, surrounded by police. He became "motionless and speechless" and was pronounced dead within an hour of cardiac arrest.
He was the 10th person to die since 2004 after being subjected to police electroshock in Maryland, the Baltimore Sun reported in a story about Johnson's death.
Linda Johnson seeks more than $10 million in punitive damages for wrongful death, loss of consortium, false imprisonment, false arrest, battery, gross negligence and other charges. She is represented by Mark Millstein and David Silbiger, both of Baltimore.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:36 AM
Post more if you find out more.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:38 AM
She claims...she claims...she claims........did anyone witness anything?
A witness told investigators that Johnson was speeding southbound on Interstate 795 and lost control of his truck, driving off the road near the interchange with the Beltway and colliding with a sign about 9:20 p.m., police said
A state trooper knocked on the window of the truck as Johnson appeared to be trying to drive off. Damage to the car prevented Johnson from driving off, the trooper said. Police say Johnson, of the 8300 block of Windsor Mill Road, rolled down his window and threatened the trooper, then got out of the truck and began striking him. The trooper used pepper spray on him, Hill said.
As county officers arrived, police said, Johnson continued fighting, injuring two county officers and the trooper. A county officer, a seven-year veteran assigned to the Franklin precinct, fired the Taser and struck Johnson. Police said it had no effect, and Johnson kept fighting. The Taser was used a second time by a different officer, a 14-year veteran assigned to the traffic resource management team, slowing Johnson enough to be placed in handcuffs.
Officers soon observed that he he had lapsed into unconsciousness, and medics transported him to Northwest Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Hill said Johnson did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An autopsy was scheduled, and police said the investigation was continuing.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:14 AM
the guy had an epileptic seizure and the dumb-ass cop felt threatened.
These guys should all be fired, but of course because they're in a union the taxpayers will pay for them to sit home on suspension and eat donuts.
Posted 08 June 2012 - 04:50 AM
But it's the police unions that are the worst and are the biggest threat to this nation's economy.
We don't even need police... Who commits crime, anyway? I don't. The day I commit a crime is the day I buy rancid meat.
If everyone had a gun like they're supposed to, nobody would ever commit crime (or have a seizure) because they'd get shot if they did. That man's wife could have shot him right on the highway at the first sign of a twitch and saved the taxpayers 52 men worth of overtime.
And there you have it. Problem solved, police, 0, the right to bear arms,1
Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:44 PM
SACRAMENTO, CA - Michelle Apperson just found out she was named "Teacher of the Year" for the Sacramento City Unified School District.
Despite that and the fact that she has taught at Sutterville Elementary School for the past nine years, she's still losing her job due to budget cuts.
She received her final notice in May.
"It hurts on a personal level because I really love what I do," said Apperson. "But professionally, politically, I get why it happens."
"I hate to see any teacher lose their job," parent Kim Ochoa said. "But when you have teachers who are also winning awards like Ms. Apperson, they shouldn't be cut."
The district spokesperson Gabe Ross said who gets notice is not at the school district's discretion, it's mandated by state law. He also said that teacher layoffs are based on seniority, not performance.
"It's an awful situation," Ross said. "It's another sign of how education's funding really needs an overhaul."
About $43 million in cuts were made to the school district this year. That's on top of the $100 million worth of cuts in the past four years according to Ross.
"It's our children and the people who spend time with our children who are suffering," Ochoa said.
"I'm going to think positively and believe that it can be turned around and everybody has a say in November to make education first," Apperson said.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:36 PM
So you'd rather put the protection of lesser union workers above the best education of the students?
Well if she's that good of a teacher than this is an awesome opportunity for the private sector to scoop her up.
These students are our future and you'd rather have them taught by someone milking time until retirement rather than someone winning awards for their outstanding work as a teacher?
Why do you hate children?