Police in Tallahassee on Tuesday said that they “stand by our practices” that resulted in a woman’s cheekbone being broken last month when two officers slammed her face on the ground during an arrest for drunk driving. (via Tallahassee police ‘stand by’ practices that broke woman’s face in violent arrest video | The Raw Story)
- Attorney Fred Conrad told the Tallahassee Democrat that he planned to sue the Tallahassee Police Department on behalf of his client, 44-year-old Christina West, after he reviewed dashcam video of officers breaking the orbital bone in her face and causing other injuries.
- Dashcam video shows officers giving West a field sobriety test after she crashed her SUV into a house on Aug. 10. West is placed in a patrol car, but she is later asked to get out of the car.
- A struggle occurs while the woman is asking her about her husband and a car seat for her child, and the two officers slam her head into the cruiser. And then the two men force her to the ground with their full weight, causing her to scream in agony as her face is smashed on the pavement.
- But Officer Chris Ormerod’s police report described this incident this way: “West was placed on the ground where she began to thrash and kick wildly. West kicked me in the groin area and kicked officer Schmidt in the leg… West was placed in a thigh lock on the ground as I secured her hands. While handcuffing West’s hands, she continued to violently make attempts to grab for my groin area with her hands.”
- Conrad said that he “had a physical reaction to that tape the first time I saw that video.”
- “I don’t care if she was drunker than Cooter Brown and took a breath test and blew through the moon … that’s not warranted. That’s not okay,” Conrad insisted to WCTV.