Cop Brutalizes 15 Year Old Girl

Cop Pepper Sprays, Punches, Nearly Breaks Girl’s Arm During Curfew Arrest

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
October 5, 2007

Another shocking example of police brutality has been caught on camera showing a cop nearly breaking a girl’s arm, punching her and then pepper spraying her in the face as she cries after being arrested for violating a city curfew.

Watch the dramatic video of the incident which occurred in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The cop twists the 15-year-old’s arm right up behind her back to almost breaking point before the girl appears to bite the officer, upon which the cop punches the girl and pepper sprays her directly in the face.

Descriptions of the video on mainstream news websites strongly emphasized the fact that the girl bit the officer without even mentioning the fact that he would have probably snapped her arm out of the socket had the brutality continued.

Last week, a video showing a school security guard arresting and breaking a girl’s arm for dropping cake made national headlines.

The last couple of months have produced an epidemic of police and security guard brutality which seems to be spiraling out of control as cops are trained that the public is their enemy.


Handcuffed man dies in custody of police

The Arizona Republic
October 5, 2007

A handcuffed man stopped breathing and died after struggling with Phoenix police officers who were arresting him early Thursday.

Archie R. Poole Jr., 41, is the second person in the last week to die in police custody. Carol Gotbaum, 45, died last Friday after she was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct at Sky Harbor International Airport and placed in a holding room.

Poole, of Tolleson, is the fifth person to die in police custody this year. Last year, six people died in custody.

In-custody deaths occur across the country and have become a hot-button issue in recent years, particularly after officers began using Tasers to subdue suspects who then died. Last year, the U.S. Justice Department launched a review of the deaths of up to 180 people who died after law-enforcement officers used stun guns or other electroshock devices to subdue them.

But experts say just the process of being arrested can trigger physiological responses that could lead to death in people experiencing “excited delirium,” in which a shutdown of bodily function occurs after sensory overload.

Dr. Phillip Keene, the former Maricopa County medical examiner, said drug users and those who are obese or suffering from hypertension are more susceptible to “excited delirium,” although not everybody who is at risk will actually experience it. Excited delirium sets in very quickly and without any warning.

“It’s mostly a roll of the dice,” Keene said.

Police haven’t released details about the struggle that led to Poole’s death, although officials said they did use “physical force” to take him into custody. The officers did not pepper-spray Poole or use a Taser.

Poole was stopped after patrol officers saw the same car parked in front of two known drugs houses in central Phoenix in a short time. Officers chased Poole into a park and fought with him to get him into custody, police said.

Shortly after police handcuffed Poole, he became unresponsive. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

When a body experiences extreme stress, it produces a “fight or flight” response and chemicals are released that elevate blood pressure and accelerate the heart rate, Keene said. If a person is in this position, further actions that would also release a fight or flight response can cause trouble.

“It can be anything,” Keene said. “It can be handcuffing. It can be yelling at someone. It can be chasing them or tackling them. You don’t have to do anything bad to them to trigger a bad outcome.”

Restraining someone can exacerbate the problem by restricting breathing. When hands are brought behind the back, it also pushes back the shoulders. As a result, the chest can’t expand as much, and a person doesn’t get as much air.

A University of Toronto study published in 1998 found that restraint “may contribute to the death of people in states of excited delirium.” In the study, all 21 cases of unexpected death that were examined were associated with restraint. Eighteen people were lying facedown, and three were subjected to neck pressure.

Gotbaum’s death brought a national spotlight on the Phoenix Police Department because of her connections to a prominent New York family and an assemblage of high-powered lawyers.

But all in-custody deaths should get the same scrutiny, said Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

The organization has begun pushing nationwide to equip patrol cars with videotaping equipment and to require independent investigations of in-custody deaths.

“This is a very serious matter,” Pochoda said.

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