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Analysis posted Nov 29 2012, 1:34 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: InformationLiberation Print

Florida Cop Rams Woman Off Road With PIT Maneuver, She Was Driving 57 In 55 MPH Zone

Chris | InformationLiberation

A Florida cop used a PIT maneuver (as pictured) to force a woman off the road causing her SUV to flip, the woman was driving 57 in a 55 mph zone and allegedly failed to immediately respond once the cop turned on his siren. The woman was using cruise control to maintain her speed at 55 MPH, the cop himself says after she failed to respond he tracked her going a "consistent 57 mph," yet he decided to use the dangerous maneuver nonetheless, which is drawing serious criticism. Amazingly, the police say the officer's actions were "acceptable," and the cop is facing zero punishment.

TC Palm reports:
Aggressive traffic stop - which caused accident - needs greater scrutiny

Sandra Silasavage hardly looks like a flight risk. Yet that's what a St. Lucie County sheriff's deputy claimed after he used an aggressive driving technique to force her off the road, flipping her SUV on its side in the process.

Silasavage, 62, is handicapped with a chronic spinal condition that barely allows her to walk. She was charged with fleeing and eluding a law enforcement officer because she did not pull over when instructed to do so.

Her 2008 Ford Expedition was totaled in the wreck, she's out thousands of dollars and her life has been turned upside down.

Silasavage, who lives in western St. Lucie County not far from the Okeechobee County line, was returning home on State Road 70 on the evening of Oct. 28 after shopping in Fort Pierce. She said she had set her cruise control at 55 mph the posted speed limit when she noticed a deputy's patrol car behind her.

The deputy did not have his lights or siren on at first, Silasavage said. She noticed him come alongside her, heard his siren and then "everything went crazy." Her car left the road, rolled and ended up on the driver's side, with Silasavage hanging upside down in her seatbelt.

After breaking her back in a horseriding accident in the 1970s and subsequent unsuccessful surgeries, Silasavage's spine is severely bent and twisted. She walks doubled over and has a morphine pump surgically implanted near her spine to alleviate constant pain.

Deputy Sean Freeman, a 10-year Sheriff's Office veteran, noted in his report Silasavage seemed slumped over the wheel and she did not slow down from her "consistent 57 mph" when he turned on his blue lights. So he initiated a maneuver that's called Precision Immobilization Technique, or P.I.T., an aggressive technique used to stop fleeing vehicles by tapping their rear bumper and spinning them off the road. Use of the maneuver is at the officer's discretion, according to the Sheriff's Office's pursuit guidelines.

Silasavage's criminal defense attorney, Josh Deckard, said the P.I.T. maneuver should be used only when a fleeing driver could pose a public safety hazard or cause loss of life. Deckard spent 15 years in law enforcement in Palm Beach County and taught defensive driving techniques before becoming a lawyer.

[...]The Sheriff's Office would not comment because Silasavage has retained legal counsel. Sheriff's spokesman Mark Weinberg did say Freeman has a spotless driving record and an internal administrative review of the case has not altered the office's view that his action was acceptable.
Read the full article here.

Can you imagine if this became the new normal? Cops ramming you off the road for minor infractions? This case reminds me of the story out of Texas a month ago where Texas police had a sniper in a helicopter shoot at a vehicle because it had a "covered truck bed" which they thought was suspicious and "may have" been used to smuggle drugs, the police in that case also deemed their actions "justified" because the driver failed to respond. It turns out there was no drugs in the car, but there was some illegal immigrants, they killed two of them and sent another to the hospital, as I said at the time, "Welcome to America."
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Posted: Nov 29 2012, 7:33 AM

7541 There are 300,000,000 million people in this country. There are one million cops. Te police will eventually have to pull back from this type of policing, but probably not until some of those 192,000,000 gun owners take to proactively defending themselves.

Posted: Nov 29 2012, 10:37 AM

72223 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Posted: Nov 29 2012, 8:40 PM

687 this cop is just another of societies complete losers.and of course most all the other cops fell right in line with the automatic brainwashed,myopic,pig response.

Posted: Dec 02 2012, 1:02 PM

820 Another cop who has been watching too many cop movies. Cops believe with good reason that they are untouchable.

Posted: Dec 04 2012, 9:04 AM

67142 Let them continue acting out their "big man" fantasies. Nature will deal them a hard blow when the tide turns. These low life authoritarians will do everything possible to hide the fact that they were once cops. They will hide their faces with fear in those days.

Posted: Jan 09 2013, 5:36 PM

173200 57 in a 55 is within the federally-allowed speedometer error of a maximum of +/-5mph at an indicated 50mph. In other words, 10%.

What comment needs to be further made? The cop was wrong, took action not called for in the situation and the county owes that woman a new car, cover any medical bills and a public apology.

Posted: Jan 15 2013, 8:17 PM

71238 Just about every radio car these days has a DVR strapped into the thing. How about we make that public instead of instantly jumping on the "I hate cops" bandwagon?

Posted: Jan 25 2013, 1:25 PM

1746 Misleading title, she was maneuvered off the road because she didn't pull over. It's really simple when a cop instructs you to pull over you do it. Also with a morphine pump and some oxycodone on board I'm surprised she was legal to drive, my guess she was high as a kite which is why she didn't hear or notice the lights and sirens.

take it from experience it takes a lot to get arrested.

Posted: Mar 03 2013, 6:19 PM

99113 Militarized pigshit in blue uniform

Posted: Mar 05 2013, 11:05 AM

17458 we live in a police state now. the government can do whatever they want to you whenever they want to do it. hopefully this women will be ok and this didn't cause futher injury. this cop should be fired immediately.

Posted: Aug 16 2013, 3:22 PM

5066 Post the cops' personal info.

He is an overzealous thug.

Posted: Aug 23 2013, 12:33 AM

6852 Wonder if the policeman was tested for steroids . A lot of cops abuse steroids to build muscle and this makes them overly aggressive. If I was her lawyer I would be demanding to have him take a drug test immediately.

Posted: Sep 04 2013, 12:57 PM

72216 Using the P.I.T maneuver for someone doing 57 in a 55... He must of really needed to meet his quota. Oh wait... they don't "adhere" to quota's ;)

Posted: Sep 30 2013, 5:38 AM

7565 "Cops ramming you off the road for minor infractions?" Hey why not they already shoot the mental ill.

Posted: Jan 22 2014, 10:53 PM

10848 Random thought, but the article did say she was near the county line. I will agree the maneuver did not match the crime, but there's a good chance that lady realized this or at least the cop did. If she passes it the cops out of jurisdiction.

Posted: Oct 10 2014, 4:14 AM

69180 Cops shouldn't even TRY to pull people over for 57 in a 55. To be pulled over in a 55 should require 61+.


Posted: Nov 06 2014, 4:05 PM

7575 More police nitwittery.
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