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(NaturalNews) The mother of a 17-year-old handicapped child is pressing charges against two head police officers, as well as the city of Dayton, Oh., after the two cops tased, pepper sprayed, and beat the disabled boy without cause.

According to a report from Courthouse News Service (CNS), Officer Willie Hooper and Officer John Howard of the Dayton Police Department (DPD) allegedly mistook Jesse Kersey's speech impediment for "disrespect," and tracked the boy all the way home from where they first encountered him, and proceeded to brutalize the boy with all sorts of inappropriate assault tactics prior to finally arresting him.

The report explains that Officer Hooper first stopped Jesse for an unknown reason while the boy was riding his bicycle, and proceeded to try to speak with him. Jesse, who was having difficulty trying to converse with the officer, decided to ride home and get his mother to help him communicate with the man. Hooper then followed the boy home along with Officer Howard, and before Jesse could even make it in the door, the two officers tased the young boy.

Jesse's mom, Pamela, stated that "[p]rior to the incident ... Hooper knew Jesse was mentally challenged / handicapped and a minor child." And a neighbor who witnessed the chase as Jesse was trying to return home also came out and tried to tell the cops that the boy was mentally challenged, only to be told to "go back into his home, or he would be arrested."

As Jesse finally made it through the doorway after being tased, the cops followed him inside and began to shoot pepper spray at him. Officer Howard then "struck Jesse with a closed fist in the upper chest area ... and repeatedly struck Jesse in the upper left side of his left thigh." And while all of this was occurring, roughly 20 more officers from various jurisdictions also arrived on the site.

At no time during this outrageous abuse of police power did any officer ever attempt to communicate with either Jesse, his mother, the neighbor, or anyone else about Jesse's condition, or even about why he was being pursued in the first place. Instead, they brutally abused the boy without cause, and are now facing charges of false imprisonment, false arrest, malicious prosecution, assault, battery, excessive use of force, infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.

Cases of extreme abuse by police such as this one are escalating, illustrating a truly out-of-control American police state. To harass and physically abuse a boy with a mental condition, and provide absolutely no justification for doing so, is an absolutely heinous demonstration of cold-hearted tyranny. Both officers must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their unlawful actions, and neither one can be allowed to remain on the DPD police force.

You can read the entire CNS account of the incident here:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/...

You can also view the legal filing here:
http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/...

To contact the Chief's Office of the Dayton Police Department to express your thoughts, call (937) 333-1080.

Learn more: Ohio cops tased mentally handicapped teenager with speech impediment for 'disrespect'

Here is the .PDF court files. It has taken a year for this to go to court http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/06/29/Tasered.pdf
 

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I know theres police brutality but there may be more to this story thn is being told.

Many of 'handicapped'on welfare now,theres good money in it.Mothers can claim mentally disabled and collect checks every month.

If this is true the cops need to be locked up.
 

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I know theres police brutality but there may be more to this story thn is being told.

Many of 'handicapped'on welfare now,theres good money in it.Mothers can claim mentally disabled and collect checks every month.

If this is true the cops need to be locked up.
I would like to hear information about the neighbor who was threatened and the witnesses as well.
 

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I had to see if there was more to the story and Google'd it ..

Found something: Family sues city over son's arrest

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DAYTON - A mother and her mentally challenged son are suing the city and two police officers, claiming they assaulted the boy after mistaking his speech impediment for disrespect.

The initial police incident report and a 22-page use-of-force report tell a different story of police officers struggling not only with the son, but his mother and a family friend.

The suit seeks a minimum of $250,000 in compensation, plus damages and legal fees.

John Danish, city attorney, said the city does not comment on pending litigation.

The lawsuit, filed June 24 by Pamela Ford and Jesse Kersey, claims that Officer Willie Hooper knew Kersey was mentally handicapped and a minor when he encountered the boy on June 25, 2010, at Andrews Street and St. Paul Avenue.

The 17-year-old was riding his bicycle when Hooper tried to talk with him. But Hooper became angry and started yelling at Kersey, so the boy rode his bike home so he could ask his mother to communicate with Hooper for him, the lawsuit states.

Hooper chased the boy back to his home, where he met with Officer John Howard. At one point, a neighbor tried to tell Hooper about Kersey's disabilities, but was told to go back into his home or he would be arrested, the lawsuit states.

The officers shot Kersey in the back with their Tasers as he opened his front door. They fought with him, and during the struggle, the officers struck him with fists and a retractable nightstick and pepper-sprayed him, then hog-tied him, the lawsuit states.

"Jesse was declared incompetent by the Montgomery County Juvenile Court and the charges against Jesse were dismissed," the lawsuit states.

According to the police incident report, Hooper first saw the boy, later identified as Kersey, riding his bike the wrong way down on Andrews Street.

When Kersey spotted the police cruiser, he started riding on the sidewalk.

When Hooper yelled for Kersey to stop, the boy took off up St. Paul Avenue, dumping his bike in front of his house.

Finding the front door locked, Kersey turned on Hooper, who had mounted the front porch to issue Kersey a bicycle citation, and began to struggle, according to the police report.

"Kersey started swinging his arms at Officer Hooper and yelling in an unintelligible language," according to the police report.

An attempt to Tase the struggling boy, who was described as 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, was unsuccessful.

Kersey's mother opened the door and pulled her son in, at which point Hopper fired his Taser, hitting the 17-year-old in the back. The mother pulled out one of the probes, and Kersey fled through the house to the kitchen.

Hooper attempted to take control of Kersey, but had to fight off his mother and later a family friend. It turned into a donnybrook in the kitchen as Hopper and Officer Howard, who arrived as backup, struggled to subdue Kersey, while keeping the mother and family friend out of the fray.

At one point, dispatchers called for all officers in East Dayton to respond to the scene.

Neither Tasers nor pepper spray were effective. Officers used physical strikes and baton strikes to the thigh to take Kersey to the ground and handcuff him.

It took several officers to get Kersey to a police cruiser, at one point placing his feet in a hobble so he could no longer kick them.

Kersey was taken to Grandview Hospital for treatment of his injuries. While there he spoke with Sgt. Roger Edwards, who was investigating the use of force.

According to Edwards' report, Kersey said "he was not sure why he ran from the officer, but believed he was scared. He stated he wanted to go home, and the officer would not let him."

Kersey was later released from the hospital and taken to the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center.

A report exonerated Hooper and Howard of any wrongdoing.

The report also concluded that the mother and family friend "delayed the arrest and caused an unsafe condition."

The mother, who went by the name of Pamela Thompson at the time, was charged and convicted of resisting arrest and obstructing official business in Dayton Municipal Court.

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended, and ordered to participate in an anger-management program, according to court records. She was initially fined $100, plus $111 in court costs, which have not been paid.

The family friend was convicted of resisting arrest and given a 90-day sentence, with 78 days suspended. He also was fined, which has yet to be paid.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2290 or [email protected].
This story was last updated on July 1st of this year. Of course, the police are justified in beatin' the crap out of a kid for riding his bicycle the wrong way ...
 
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