Sunday, July 11, 2010

Just another day, another taser use

An Oklahoma grandmother is suing El Reno police officers who injured the 87-year-old woman, tasering her twice as she lay in a hospital-type bed in her home. The lawsuit alleges as many as 10 police officers pushed their way into the apartment after her grandson called 911 because she wouldn't tell him about medication she might have taken.

The police first stepped on her oxygen hose "until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation," and then police fired a Taser at her, striking her with only one prong, according to the lawsuit. "The police then fired a second Taser, striking her to the right and left of the midline of her upper chest and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out," attorneys alleged in the lawsuit. "The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her."

The grandson also was handcuffed and placed in a police car when he protested police attempts to Taser his grandmother, the attorneys alleged. Varner has had a series of health problems, including strokes. She uses an oxygen machine to help her breathing and can barely walk by herself. She uses an electric cart to get around and can see out of only one eye. She had $30,000 in medical bills from the injuries.

El Reno police last faced controversy over using a Taser in November 2008 when an uncooperative driver was shocked after a crash. The police chief said later officers had no way of knowing the driver was in diabetic shock. A video of the 2008 incident was widely circulated on the Internet.
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1 comment:

  1. I can only hope she wins her law suit, that all her bills associated with their stupidity are fully paid for by the detachment - and that all officers taking part are discharged dishonorably. How incredibly cruel these fun little toys they carry are becoming, especially in the hands of someone with a mean streak.

    The officer who stood on her oxygen tube should be in jail, general population.



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