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June 28th, 2010
Taser Report du Jour

Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn't breathe.

Her grandson called 911 seeking medical assistance. 

The grandson even said, "Don't Taze my granny!" an El Reno police officer told another cop to "Taser her!" 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 pleaded with them, 'Don't taze my Granny!' Which got him pulled him out of the apartment, taken down to the floor, handcuffed, and placed him in the back of a police car.


"The police approached Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.  They 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.  Ms. Varner was then grabbed by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her.

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 other officers. 


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Comments:


- 2010-06-28
This is some major bull shit the police who did this all need to betaken out behind the shed and beat with 2 by 4s and tazed in the family jewls
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