Woman Tased in Front of Kids for Driving with Hand on Cheek, Questioning Authoritah

I’ve been assuming that the forthcoming ban on using a cellphone while driving is just an unenforceable piece of symbolic politics unlikely to do any harm. I still think that’s right, but this story from the States of a woman being pulled over for allegedly talking on a cellphone, tased, arrested, and having her kids left in a freezing car for 40 minutes made me think twice:

In January, an Onondaga County sheriff’s deputy pulled over Audra Harmon, who had two of her kids with her in her minivan. A routine traffic stop escalated quickly.

The deputy, Sean Andrews, accused her of talking on her cell phone. She said she could prove him wrong.

He said she was speeding. She denied it and got out of the van. He told her to get back in. She did, then he ordered her back out.

He yanked her out by the arm, knocked her down with two Taser shots and charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His rationale on the disorderly conduct charge: She obstructed traffic when she got out of the van. The speeding accusation: going 50 mph in a 45-mph zone. (…)

Andrews told Harmon he’d seen her using her cell phone while she was driving. In the video, he makes a phone gesture with his hand. She told him she’d been driving with her right hand on her cheek, but that she hadn’t talked on the phone for at least two hours. She says she offered to let him look at the phone to see for himself. He declined. (…)

“Are you OK? Do you need help?” [witnesses] Santorelli and her father yelled, according to Santorelli’s statement to deputies.

“I’m not OK, and I do need help,” Harmon responded. As Andrews picked her up and escorted her to his car, Harmon pleaded with the witnesses.

“Please come get my kids!” Harmon remembers yelling. The witnesses said they couldn’t do that, but they asked Harmon for her home number so they could call her husband. She gave it to them.

“I wanted these strangers to get my kids, because at that point I thought they’d be safer with strangers,” Harmon says. The kids sat in the car for about 40 minutes until their father arrived and took them home, which was about 500 yards away, she says.

Harmon said she wants to teach police a lesson: It’s OK to admit you’re wrong. She said Andrews manufactured the speeding charge once he realized she didn’t deserve a cell phone ticket. Andrews had not clocked her with a radar gun. Instead, he said in a report, he calculated her speed by following her for “several seconds.”

“I want the public to know these police officers apparently aren’t being trained well enough to know when it is justified to use a Taser,” she said.

I don’t think training is the problem. Cops are using tasers to make their jobs easier, and are not forced to answer for their unjustified use. Cases like these normally involve an inquiry, but the officer is almost invariably found to be faultless. The only way to make cops less brutal is to make them more accountable. The actions of this uniformed thug were morally equivalent to assault and kidnapping; he should be punished accordingly.

21 Responses

  1. To ‘serve and protect’ my ass.

  2. Yes Mike, the Police are there to serve and protect your ass – no matter how big of an ass you make of yourself!

  3. I don’t care what ANYONE says, that is Just WRONG. If it’s Not OK for your Husband to BEAT You, it’s Not OK for a Cop to do the same or WORSE.

    If it’s against the Law for someone to come up to you and ROB you, or hit you, or Hurt you, it should be WRONG for a Cop to do the same.

    According to the Constitution, Cops are given the Authority to do what they are intrusted to do, from the Same Authority of the People who elect the Tyrants who allow the Cops to work.

    Police DO NOT HAVE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS. They are Human Just like me and you. They have a Duty to Respect the people they SERVE AND PROTECT. But they don’t. and more and more, the people who get Jobs as Cops, are the same kind of people the REAL COPS would normally be arresting. WTF? I think it’s time COPS be held accountable for EVERY ACTION THEY DO, even if it’s eating doughnuts at a coffee house.

  4. I don’t care what people say about me for what I am about to say. All know is I’m TIRED of BEING ABUSED, it doesn’t matter by WHOM. If I don’t get RESPECT from someone, be he a Cop or a THUG, I will RESIST, EVEN TO THE DEATH If needed. If a Cop does something like that to me for NO REASON, I Will get my revenge. And if I can get the Court to do their jobs, then I may have to do it myself. I’m TIRED of being Pushed around for no reason by THUGS, and SORRY ASS COPS that deserve to be In Jail or DEAD.

  5. Outstanding, and frightful, piece……

    PS, please link my blog to yours.

    http://lysanderspoonerii.blogspot.com/

    Very well-done, also fantastic site you have.

  6. I’m beginning to think that the only language they understand is violence. .
    I’m also beginning to think that the only solution is to explain it to them in the language they understand. . . over and over and over until they comprehend.
    It’s not the solution I would choose first. . . but people have tried other methods (lawsuits, criminal charges, etc.) and nothing appears to make any difference.
    We have to explain things to illegals in their ‘native’ language, since they refuse to learn ours; the only option left is to explain that assault and kidnapping are bad, using the cops ‘native’ language, since they refuse to learn ours. . .

  7. Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
    -H.L. Mencken

  8. The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose! The law become the weapon of every kind of greed! Instead of checking crime, the law itself guilty of the evils it is supposed to punish! If this is true, it is a serious fact, and moral duty requires me to call the attention of my fellow-citizens to it. http://www.bastiat.org

  9. This happened in my hometown. I live literally 20 minutes from where this occurred and I’ve driven this road before. I am outraged, but not the slightest bit surprised. We have lulled ourselves to sleep thinking that everything will be fine if we just behave and cooperate, don’t question anything.

    Well if this isn’t a rude awakening, I don’t know what is. I hope this will jolt some people in my town out of their slumber…. but history shows similar incidents are soon forgotten. It is, however, encouraging that this woman is pursuing justice and that the “deputy” has been suspended without pay. Local news articles below.

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/mom_in_minivan_tasered_in_traf.html

    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/deputy_in_tasered_mom_case_is.html

    Last bit – notice how the office ADMITS to lying! He says she was on the phone; when confronted with possible evidence that she wasn’t, he accuses her of speeding. He says he “paced” her going 50 mph, but to pace someone you need to be behind them! The accepted sequences of events is that she took a right-hand turn behind him, he pulled over to let her by, and he then immediately pulled her over. How could he have paced her from this position? Open lies, and this hasn’t even been challenged…. unbelievable.

  10. Understand . . .

    The local police officer is the lowest rung of those who rule us. Be it a wrong turn, DUI, or some tax problem, the boys in blue will come for you. Object, and your ass is grass.

    “Rights” in America are a joke, for any in the know. We have become European Orwellians. Some pigs are more equal than others.

    We let them do it to us.

  11. most depressing part is all the yobbos on the YouTube comments thread either applauding the cop or saying it’s the woman’s own fault for not showing proper deference.

  12. Sorry folks, but [b]THE POLICE HAVE NO DUTY TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS[/b], “Protect and to Serve” is a non-binding slogan; no more potent or binding than “Good to the Last Drop”.
    Here’s what the courts have ruled:
    Bowers v. DeVito, 686 F.2d 616 (7th Cir. 1982) (no federal constitutional requirement that police provide protection)

    Calogrides v. Mobile, 475 So. 2d 560 (Ala. 1985); Cal Govt. Code 845 (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Calogrides v. Mobile, 846 (no liability for failure to arrest or to retain arrested person in custody)

    Davidson v. Westminster, 32 Cal.3d 197, 185, Cal. Rep. 252; 649 P.2d 894 (1982) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Stone v. State 106 Cal.App.3d 924, 165 Cal Rep. 339 (1980) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Morgan v. District of Columbia, 468 A.2d 1306 (D.C.App. 1983) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C.App 1981) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Sapp v. Tallahassee, 348 So.2d 363 (Fla. App. 1st Dist.), cert. denied 354 So.2d 985 (Fla. 1977); Ill. Rec. Stat. 4-102 (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Keane v. Chicago, 98 Ill. App.2d 460, 240 N.E.2d 321 (1st Dist. 1968) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Jamison v. Chicago, 48 Ill. App. 3d 567 (1st Dist. 1977) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Simpson’s Food Fair v. Evansville, 272 N.E.2d 871 (Ind. App.) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Silver v. Minneapolis, 170 N.W.2d 206 (Minn. 1969) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Wuetrich V. Delia, 155 N.J. Super. 324, 326, 382, A.2d 929, 930 cert. denied 77 N.J. 486, 391 A.2d 500 (1978) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Chapman v. Philadelphia, 290 Pa. Super. 281, 434 A.2d 753 (Penn. 1981) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    Morris v. Musser, 84 Pa. Cmwth. 170, 478 A.2d 937 (1984) (no liability for failure to provide police protection)

    In America, police work is one of the SAFEST careers in America, because:
    1) They work ARMED
    2) They have radio communication to call other armed people on those rare occasion where they encounter a criminal
    3) They are virtually never even CALLED until the criminals have safely left the crime scene
    4) Criminals go to some trouble to avoid committing their crimes in view of law enforcement officers

    The police are the “standing army” the founders warned against, not the military.

    • What planet are you from I got a automatic weapon and four thousand round of ammo next time I won;t be drunk. I want to hit my wife and kill the police who cares. I do what ever I want in front of them. I’m 6’06 and weigh 290 pounds. Served county, state, adn federal time. No body better call them. They will get hurt too. I do what ever I want in front of the POLOOSERS.

  13. Just wait until we have a Federal Police force. That ought to make things even crazier.

    http://www.FaithfuinPrayer.wordpress.com

    • Screw the federal police go ask the four ATF officers at WAKO. They are dead they f with me they will die. I pay trailer taxes each year of $50.55. So I call em every time I want my ass wiped or my dog walked. Or the hedges trimmed or the garbage taken out. When I was in jail I had fun with little punks like you.

  14. Yeo this happened to me. I was a little under the weather so I started my recreational thing of hittin on the wife cause she wasn’t pouring my beer fast enough. She went to call the police and I ripped the phone off of the wall. The noisy neighors hear and they call the Skinny Ken and Barbie Police. They show up. I get mad. Put Ken in a choke hold and Barbie blasts me with the taser. I poop my pants and piss myself. They need to take tasers, guns, and emergency lights from the police.I paid for my trailer tag ($50.00). They need to send only one copper next time.

  15. I hop-e skinny barbie and ken show up next time. I am wearing arubbersuit latex style waitin for skinny barbie in the blue uniform.

  16. What enrganges me the most is the waist of time that they spend sending toomany cops to fights and rapes and things. One cop per thing, I pay $50.55 in trailer taxes each year.

  17. At leat I know that they don’t got to do anyting anymore. Iam tellling that the next one that tryes to put me back in the pen.

  18. amerika is an industrilized prision cause I can’t do what I want when I want and with who I want. I got my woman so I can have lots of weapons.

  19. I am soo glad those cops have zero atuthority I have those sites copied and ready to go. I am not gong to be a license, license tag, pay taxes, pay sales tax, I already don’t pay income tax. I am going to use the roads and call the police everytime I want to have my dog walked and my ass wiped.

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