As equal human beings, we are not given the right to physically or verbally harm another individual nor can we take a life without suffering severe or harsh penalties for doing so. While this applies to each and every one of us, officers of the law do have the power to inflict harm and even take a life in their line of work, but there are policies and procedures that must be followed for them to do this
Unfortunately, many officers tend to ignore the various policies they are bound to the minute they are sworn in, which leads to excessive force being applied in the line of duty. People are shot, killed, beaten, etc. by officers of the law, and because they claim the force was necessary, they are able to continue on with their life as though they haven’t affected anyone else’s. It is sad that the world we live in today is crawling with corrupt cops and “handsy” legislators, some of the most powerful people in our country. But, the more light that is shed on the issue, the more we can expect to see these individuals be brought to justice.
Although there are various cases of police brutality found online and discussed on TV, there is one case that will likely leave you in utter shock when you see the behavior displayed by not one officer, but a half a dozen.
The Case Involving 31-Year Old Tiffany McNeil
July 2016, officers were called to Tiffany McNeil’s residence by her husband who claimed the two were arguing and that she “had been drinking,” according to The Free Thought Project. As a result, she was arrested and brought in to the Branch County Jail for processing. But, as the minutes ticked away, we see in video footage officer Lewis Eastmead, who has been named by the source as a “woman-beating cop,” bring McNeil into a room and press her face against the concrete wall. Why did the officer feel this was necessary? After all, McNeil wasn’t resisting or being combative.
We know this because we can see her behavior and movements in the video surveillance footage.
The officer continues to hold her face against the wall for several minutes and then pulls her backward, “slamming her face-first into the concrete floor.” Naturally, she was knocked out just as any normal person would be given their head was slammed into a solid, hard surface. While all this abuse was transpiring, the half a dozen officers that were there in the presence of the act stood by, watching. One almost looked as though he was surprised or even amused as he walked out of the camera’s view with his hand clasped to his face in shock.
Once Eastmead realized blood was pouring from a gash he caused, he is seen attempting to cover his tracks. Typical move by a police officer who applies excessive force. Eastmead says, “I told you to relax.” Yet, the woman is never seen being noncompliant or refusing his requests. In fact, it seems as though the officer took advantage of the fact that McNeil was handcuffed and that he could treat her however he felt knowing the slim chance that he would ever face a single consequence for his actions.
He guessed wrong.
After McNeil received 17 stitches and treatment in the hospital, she was charged with a felony for resisting a police officer. According to the woman’s police brutality attorney, “police brought the felony charge against her to force her into taking a plea deal for the domestic misdemeanor charge to which she pleaded no contest.” McNeil decided to fight back with the help her police brutality lawyer could provide. Not only were all officers named as defendants in the excessive force lawsuit she filed, but she is also suing the city of Coldwater. She is seeking $75,000 in damages as the “city failed to properly screen, train, and supervise its police officers.”
If you are a victim like McNeil or have dealt with similar circumstances, contact USAttorneys.com so they can connect you with a local police misconduct attorney today.