Cop Dumps Quad from WheelchairFeb 13 09:56
Ya gotta love YouTube for exposing how those charged to “protect and serve” sometimes miss the mark. In this clip, you’ll see quardriplegic Brian Sterner dumped from his wheelchair by Hillsborough County, Fla., deputy sheriff Charlette Marshall-Jones because — get this — he didn’t stand up when she ordered him to do so. Sterner broke a few ribs in the fall.
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1. Chuck | Feb 13 01:09
Where's the national outrage over this issue? I have yet to hear if Jesse or Al are making an appearance. There are definately two adgenda going on in this situation 1)I'm bigger and badder (Marshall-Jones) than you and don't care about your disability; and 2)Is the racial component. As the blog says, a Rodney King incident with a wheeler thrown in. How long must PWDs accept less than equal treatment from the rest of the world's inhabitants?
2. Shark7 | Feb 13 08:49
As the Tampa Tribune implies, this sounds like the wheelchair version of Rodney King. This is some really sick behavior--I'm not fond of lawsuits, but in this case I hope Sterner sues them for everything they are worth. From the newspaper article it sounds like Deputy Marshall-Jones thinks what she did was right--she needs to be fired! This brings up another issue related to police--if you get pulled over, especially at night, be sure to turn the motor off, internal car lights on, and hands on the wheel and carefully explain that you are paralyzed. It could be very easy to mistake paralysis as "refusal to get out of the car" and thus hostility, and scarier yet mistake a set of hand controls as a gun or some type of weapon.
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