Thursday, June 30, 2011
WTBlue F*ck Of The Weak
In our enlightened culture of today, we like to think of ourselves as having more compassion for those who might have more challenging lives than we do, which is why what I'm going to tell you about tonight will horrify anyone with a conscience.
Jesse Kersey is a 17 year old mentally handicapped young man who resides in Dayton, Ohio. He was stopped by a police officer named Willie Hooper when riding his bicycle near his home. The officer apparently knew the boy's mental challenges but still mistook his severe speech difficulties as a sign of disrespect. Mr. Hooper then began screaming at the terrified kid and Jesse tried in vain to communicate. The boy then bolted home to get his mother so she could explain things.
On the way home, a neighbour tried to plead Jesse's case to no avail, with the officer threatening to arrest the concerned citizen. As mother Pamela Ford opened the door, Willie Hooper and Officer John Howard fired their tasers at Jesse Kersey, striking him in the back with both probes. Once inside the house, they attacked the kid, who was against the back door in a defensive posture begging them to stop. And it gets worse, according to the complaint:
On numerous occasions, Ford and a family friend, Christopher Peyton, informed Officer Hooper that Jesse was mentally challenged/handicapped, and that Jesse did not understand what was happening.
Officer Howard utilized his Cap-Stun pepper spray and sprayed Jesse ... [and] struck Jesse with a closed fist in the upper chest area. Officer Howard utilized his ASP and repeatedly struck Jesse in the upper left side of his left thigh.
The officers called in over 20 backup units, none of whom attempted to communicate with someone they knew was mentally handicapped as to why he was being chased. They simply handcuffed and hogtied the boy and fired him into the back of a police crusier.
Amazingly, police still felt the need to charge young Mr. Kersey with assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and obstructing official business. All charges were eventually dimissed, but Pamela Ford is seeking justice for her son, and I don't blame her.
Jesse and Pamela seek damages from the city and the two lead officers, for false imprisonment, false arrest, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, excessive use of force, infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
I'm going to say that this family has a serious case against the Dayton police department. Who attacks someone they know is a minor, know is mentally challenged, for something as simple as a speech impairment? There is nothing to suggest that Jesse Kersey intended to ridicule any officer in any way, besides, if every person who was mocked on the job feloniously attacked everyone for every slight, there would be a lot of maimed McDonald's customers.
These officers not only viciously assaulted someone who couldn't defend himself, they brought shame upon their entire police force and the oaths sworn when they acquired their badges. It's my hope that Willie Hooper and John Howard will never be permitted to be in any position of authority, let alone one in which the motto is to serve and protect. The Dayton police department must get rid of this pair of thugs and institute a serious education campaign for their remaining officers, as well as open their checkbooks, to even begin to right such a grotesque wrong.
Posted by Michel-Exildas Galipeau at 18:26