While most police officers understand their duties and will do whatever it takes to protect the public, others abuse their power and in turn, make life miserable for others.
Our New York readers have come across local police brutality stories in the past, and this one out of Tullytown, Pennsylvania is similar.
During a run-in with local police last week, a 14-year-old Bucks County boy suffered injuries. According to police, the boy was accused of shoplifting outside of a Wal-Mart and subsequently placed in handcuffs. They claim that he then took off running. Police stated that they told the boy to stop, but when he kept running, officers had no choice but to Taser him. It was then, according to the district attorney, that he fell face first onto the ground and bruised his face.
On the other side of the story, the boy and his parents are alleging police brutality as they feel the injuries are more consistent with repeated blows to the face as opposed to a simple fall.
With these allegations outstanding, the Tullytown Police Chief said, “We take these allegations ‘Very Seriously’ and will forward the file of our investigation to Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler to determine if further investigation of the incident and Police Officer is appropriate.”
The boy was treated at Lower Bucks hospital for his injuries.
Police brutality can happen anywhere in the country. Anybody who finds themselves in this position should consider looking into their rights to file for compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.
Source: My Fox Philly, “Teen, Family Allege Police Brutality Incident” No author given, Nov. 18, 2013