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Article posted Sep 11 2013, 5:14 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Police State USA Print

Woman Brutally Face-Planted Into Pavement During Arrest; Charged With Battering Police


Christina West after being brutalized by Tallahassee Police. (Source: Leon County court records)

TALLAHASSEE — Shocking video evidence shows how Tallahassee police officers used an unprovoked act of violence against a woman they were arresting for driving under the influence.  In front of their own dashboard camera, without any legitimate provocation, two officers drilled a woman face-first into the road, then knelt on her head, causing startling physical trauma.

In the early hours of August 10, Tallahassee police arrived at the scene of an alcohol-related accident.  The suspect, 44-year-old Christina West, was put through field-sobriety testing and determined to be intoxicated.

During the arrest, the inebriated woman flailed her arm as the officer attempted to handcuff her.

“DON’T YOU F***ING TOUCH ME,” Officer Chris Ormerod roared.

The officers are then seen forcefully slamming the 5′-6″, 130 pound woman face-first to the hard ground, followed by a giving her a gratuitous knee to the back of her head, exacerbating her facial trauma.

She can be heard screaming in pain as she is being pressed into the road by two male assailants.  Officer Ormerod continued to press her face into the ground with his arm.


Officer Chris Ormerod kneels on the 130-lb suspect’s head. (Source: Tallahassee.com)

West was arrested on a charge of DUI and several counts of battery on a law-enforcement officer, according to Tallahassee.com.

Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said he was shocked by brutality of the officers, and will not prosecute West for battery on a police officer.

"I am extremely upset," he said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. "It is very disturbing. This is a very disturbing situation to me, and I'm dealing with it."

“The video was taken from the police car and shows the road side sobriety test as well as the arrest of the subject,” City Commissioner Scott Maddox wrote to city officials. “It also shows DISTURBING use of force against a completely non aggressive arrestee. It is my belief that the city of Tallahassee will soon face a liability lawsuit based on the content of the video.”

After being hospitalized, West was determined to have suffered a broken orbital bone, a swollen eye, bloody nose and cuts to her arms and legs.

Arresting Officer Chris Ormerod excluded details from his written statement, according to Tallahassee.com.  Ormerod wrote that West was "placed on the ground" after resisting being put in handcuffs.  He omitted the part where she was bent over his vehicle and then body-slammed to the road, followed by a crushing knee to the head.

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones has opened an investigation.  No comment on the future employment of the officers.

The video speaks for itself.  The use of force was brutal and unnecessary.  TPD needs to purge its ranks of officers who commit such unprovoked assaults.  Instead of charging West with battery, it would be more appropriate to charge Officer Chris Ormerod.


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Anonymous

Posted: Sep 11 2013, 12:14 PM

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75131 Look how brave and strong those police are!
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 11 2013, 12:32 PM

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65110 Such national heroes
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 11 2013, 2:23 PM

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7614 She shouldn't have called him a bitch.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 11 2013, 2:46 PM

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65110 Why justify him?
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 12 2013, 5:42 AM

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12169 like so many other lying cops he used their favorite GO TO PHRASE:

"(perp) tried to grab my balls".

he also adds "she also kicked me in the groin".

KNOW THIS - that's their go to phrase when they bash someone who's already cuffed, because they know others (judge, etc.) will freak out due to the vulnerability of that type of attack, BUT IT IS A LIE.

they did the exact same thing on a famous vid of a black teenager who was cuffed - it was a famous news story maybe you've seen it; i've now seen this "they tried to hit/grab my balls" countless times after the person is already cuffed - as their excuse for why they slam the person's face into a hard object.

be aware of ithis.

something the legal folk need to be aware also that every hard surface is infact "an improvised weapon" and is a "deadly weapon". a metal car hood and the concrete on the ground are every bit a lethal as someone swinging a lead pipe at your head. start learning the legal details - did these cops have any right to use a lethal weapon against her face? this is not them just placing her on the ground, slamming a skull into a hard surface is a lethal force assault. they aren't even allowed to hit your head with a nightstick - they are told to hit major muscle areas.

study up, take them down.

Anonymous

Posted: Sep 12 2013, 6:19 AM

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820 When Martial Law is declared in the US the cops will be the first in line to take away your rights. It gets more like pre-war Germany every day. It is a sad day when the people are afraid of the police.
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Posted: Sep 12 2013, 6:36 AM

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67235 I live in Tallahassee; I am disturbed by not only the excessive force obvious in the video, but the local news forums on wctv.tv are being moderated to keep any intelligent criticism of police off of the forums. I have posted a few things drawing attention to the fact that the police were not assaulted 'kicked and grabbed in the groin' as they claimed in the report. The fact that they lied in an official report is a crime in and of itself, and its obvious they did it to justify the brutality and injuries. What's worse is that I am unable to express myself in an intelligent manner on the local news forums, it is being moderated out of the forums and the only opposition to the police getting through is name calling and slurs, which casts a 'light of righteousness' on police and those trying to discredit the obvious victim of brutality. Both the excessive force/ brutality and the moderation of the local news forums makes me ashamed of my home town.
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Posted: Sep 12 2013, 7:55 PM

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98242 Just watched Jane Velez and she tried to blame the victim for her injuries. I can not help but feel totally disgusted by this. I am a law abiding citizen who wants to see the police held accountable for the many acts of violence and murders that they try to cover up. If you can't perform your job in a humane way, QUIT. Do us all a favor.
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Posted: Sep 13 2013, 7:36 PM

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97119 cops need to go away now. dirty criminals....
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