About once a year some hoods would come to Mayberry and try to rob the bank or something. Andy and Barney never beat them unconscious. I surely don’t remember them beating down Otis, even when he resisted arrest.
Officers from Hawthorne Police Department in California twice Tasered a man who was trying to sign to them that he was deaf, a lawsuit allegees.
The officers then beat the deaf man until he was unconscious and then charged him with assault.
A federal complaint has since been filed against the police department for violating Jonathan Meister’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to the complaint, Miester says the cops ”shot Taser darts into Mr. Meister, administered a number of painful electric shocks, struck him with fists and feet, and forcibly took him to the ground.”
The complaint names officers Jeffrey Salmon, Jeffrey Tysl, Erica Bristow and Mark Hultgren as defendants, but also names the City of Hawthorne, its Police Department and Police Chief Robert Fager in the lawsuit.
Sometimes I get nostalgic for the days when multiple police officers were able to detain a non-violent suspect without hitting him with 20,000 volts and beating him unconscious.