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Police tase and arrest grandma in her bed b/c she looked "aggressive"

8:22 pm - 06/25/2010
(CN) - Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn't breathe, after her grandson called 911 seeking medical assistance, the woman and her grandson claim in Oklahoma City Federal Court. Though the grandson said, "Don't Taze my granny!" an El Reno police officer told another cop to "Taser her!" and wrote in his police report that he did so because the old woman "took a more aggressive posture in her bed," according to the complaint.

Lonnie Tinsley claims that he called 911 after he went to check on his grandmother, whom he found in her bed, "connected to a portable oxygen concentrator with a long hose." She is "in marginal health, [and] takes several prescribed medications daily," and "was unable to tell him exactly when she had taken her meds," so, Tinsley says, he called 911 "to ask for an emergency medical technician to come to her apartment to evaluate her."

In response, "as many as ten El Reno police" officers "pushed their way through the door," according to the complaint.

The grandma, Lona Varner, "told them to get out of her apartment."

The remarkable complaint continues: "Instead, the apparent leader of the police [defendant Thomas Duran] instructed another policeman to 'Taser her!' He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff 'took a more aggressive posture in her bed,' and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.

"Lonnie Tinsley told them, 'Don't taze my Granny!' to which they responded that they would Taser him; instead, they pulled him out of her apartment, took him down to the floor, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car.

"The police then proceeded to approach Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.

"The police then fired a Taser at her and only one wire struck her, in the left arm; 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.

"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 police freed Lonnie Tinsley from his incarceration in the back of the police car and permitted him to accompany the ambulance with his grandmother."

Tinsley says the cops capped it all off by having his grandmother "placed in the psychiatric ward at the direction of the El Reno police; she was held there for six days and released."

"As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, the plaintiff Lona M. Varner suffered the unlawful restraint of her freedom, bodily injury, assault, battery, the trashing of her apartment, humiliation, loss of personal dignity, infliction of emotional distress and medical bills."

They seek punitive damages for constitutional violations, from the City of El Reno, Duran, Officers Frank Tinga and Joseph Sandberg, and 10 Officers Does.

They are represented by Brian Dell of Oklahoma City.

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klutzy_girl 26th-Jun-2010 12:48 am (UTC)
...WTF is wrong with the police there? Seriously, WTF?
spaz_own_joo 26th-Jun-2010 12:51 am (UTC)
We need a "police police." Floating personnel who freelance around and are federally empowered to wander into a corrupt precinct, flip all their desks over, and go biblical on their asses.
paulnolan 26th-Jun-2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Fucking pigs.
scarlet_pencil 26th-Jun-2010 12:50 am (UTC)
goingvogue 26th-Jun-2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Is it sad that the first thing that went through my mind was wondering if she's a woman of color?

Fucking psychopaths either way.
farting_nora 26th-Jun-2010 12:53 am (UTC)
That was my fist thought too. I really doubt she was white.
shuilianfic 26th-Jun-2010 12:54 am (UTC)
Today, a police officer was tragically glared to death by an 86-year-old bedbound woman.

Wait, what?
abee 26th-Jun-2010 02:08 am (UTC)
You, know, I could totally see Munch saying this! ♥♥♥
illusivevenstar 26th-Jun-2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Disgusting. I don't say it too much but fuck the police on this count.
piratequeen0405 26th-Jun-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Holy fuck is about all I'm thinking right now.
peacetrains 26th-Jun-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
...... this isn't from The Onion?
ipromiseuiwill 26th-Jun-2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT IN MY HEAD.

I was wrong :(
alierakieron 26th-Jun-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
If this wasn't so absolutely fucking horrific it would be funny.
abiding 26th-Jun-2010 01:00 am (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK.
shirozora 26th-Jun-2010 01:04 am (UTC)
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jaded110 26th-Jun-2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm beyond pissed, but this made me lol.
acmeeoy 26th-Jun-2010 01:05 am (UTC)





lenne_renne 26th-Jun-2010 02:17 am (UTC)
what is the show these wonderful gifs are from?
dagnirovanaliel 26th-Jun-2010 01:07 am (UTC)
UGH.

What the fuck. Seriously, what the fuck.

Relatedly, my brother's decided he no longer wants to be a cop because he can't stand to be associated with assholes like this. He's going to be a firefighter. I am relieved.

Fucking power-tripping assholes.
richie666 26th-Jun-2010 01:09 am (UTC)
WTF??? That's just not right. Hope that poor lady is ok.
baked_goldfish 26th-Jun-2010 01:09 am (UTC)
So not the point, but is it actually safe to use a Taser with an oxygen tank right there?
paulnolan 26th-Jun-2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I highly doubt it - one stray spark and the whole damn place could have gone up.
calidreamin08 26th-Jun-2010 01:10 am (UTC)
what the fuck!? i hope they sue the hell out of them
rauduskoivu 26th-Jun-2010 01:10 am (UTC)
 
anjak_j 26th-Jun-2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Bastards.

And the pigs wonder why people with mental health issues and disabilities aren't so keen on them...
notgarystu 26th-Jun-2010 01:13 am (UTC)
He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff 'took a more aggressive posture in her bed,' and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.

Hey, I can totally sympathize. This one time I was walking down the street and some bedbound old lady just RANDOMLY LEAPED OUT AT ME and she kicked the shit out of me with her aggressive mind powers. Tazing her was obviously the only way these fine upstanding officers of the law could defend themselves against this obviously violent and threatening old woman. In fact, they should have shot her. I mean, she might have blocked their tazers with her telepathy.
suave_badass 26th-Jun-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
They seek punitive damages for constitutional violations, from the City of El Reno, Duran, Officers Frank Tinga and Joseph Sandberg, and 10 Officers Does.

GOOD. I hope they get a fuckton of money from it.
bellichka 26th-Jun-2010 01:42 am (UTC)
iawtc, I hope they sue for everything they can.
dreamoftheday 26th-Jun-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
what the actual fuck...I'm so disgusted rn

also I'll echo other people and say I will be very surprised if this woman turns out to be white...I just hope she's okay D:
supermouse 26th-Jun-2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
She did, in fact, turn out to be white.
goingvogue 26th-Jun-2010 01:19 am (UTC)
OKAY SERIOUSLY HOW THE FUCK DOES AN EIGHTY-SIX YEAR OLD WOMAN TAKE AN "AGGRESSIVE" POSTURE AND MAKE A GROWN ASS MAN FEARFUL FOR HIS SAFETY?

I MEAN, I'D BE MORE INCLINED TO BUY THIS IF SHE WAS LIKE A NUN OR SOMETHING, BUT WHAT THE FUCK. JUST WHAT THE FUCK.

SCREW THIS, I'M GOING BACK TO WATCHING A:TLA.
notgarystu 26th-Jun-2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Your icon makes me nostalgic, if this helps the rage any.
almightyspaz 26th-Jun-2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Unless granny is a fast moving zombie who wants your brain, there is no need to taze them.
slickdbackburns 26th-Jun-2010 01:21 am (UTC)
So angry. So fucking angry.
randomneses 26th-Jun-2010 01:23 am (UTC)
She black?
crossfire 26th-Jun-2010 01:30 am (UTC)
I came here to ask that exact question.
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