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Police Brutality Incident Leads to Raid, State of Emergency

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More fun than a barrel of non-violent offenders!

Welcome to Colwyn, Pennsylvania, where cops taser each other for giggles, and the mayor declares a state of emergency after county agents raid the police department in the course of an investigation into the torture of a local teen in a jail cell. Followed, of course, by a fistfight between residents and police at a borough council meeting.

The current trouble revolves around allegations that three Colwyn police officers tased 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jackson while he was handcuffed and locked in a holding cell. A witness to a fight, Jackson was being held on the usual standard-issue disorderly conduct charge after refusing to cooperate with investigating police and crumpling up a citation.

But, what started as an … umm … simple police brutality incident? Well … it then took on charged political overtones that may explain why local cops feel safe in using Tasers and prisoners for entertainment purposes.

Thursday's raucous town meeting was held a day after Mayor Daniel Rutland, a white Republican, suspended a racially mixed group of three officers — including the borough's acting chief — and declared a state of emergency hours after investigators from the Delaware County District Attorney's Office raided the police station.

The officers, Rutland said, were all suspected of participating in or trying to cover up the alleged repeated Tasing of 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jackson while he was purportedly handcuffed and confined in a holding cell April 24. …

The suspended officers are Trevor Parham, who allegedly Tased Jackson; Officer Michael Drucktor, who purportedly witnessed the Tasing and failed to report it; and Wendell Reed, the department's acting chief. The mayor accused Reed of failing to notify proper authorities about the alleged incident.

None of the three would comment Thursday on the Tasing allegation.

Hours after they turned in their badges and guns, Rutland and his political rival, Pray, the council president, seized on the investigation as a cudgel with which to beat each other politically.

Pray had convened an emergency council meeting Wednesday night and had suspended another officer — Lt. Wesley Seitz, who first reported the Tasing allegations to Rutland. Rutland countered by declaring an emergency, reinstating his whistle-blower and promoting him to interim chief.

"They were trying to limit my authority over the Police Department," Rutland said in an interview. "They are lying and putting this town in jeopardy."

Then, at the council's regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the borough's six-man force was upended again. After repealing the state of emergency, Pray and her allies voted to resuspend Seitz and reinstate Reed.

Did I say entertainment purposes?

A YouTube video shows Colwyn Deputy Chief Wendell Reed Tasering a parking enforcement officer for laughs inside of the borough's tiny police department.

Reed was ousted from the department yesterday for the possible cover up of an incident involving a juvenile who was allegedly Tasered by Cpl. Trevor Parham while handcuffed in a holding cell April 24. Parham was previously suspended by Lt. Wesley Seitz for the incident.

The video, which was uploaded in January, shows the parking enforcement officer on his knees inside of the police station. Reed, who is in the white shirt, hands the prongs of the Taser to the man while a third officer stands behind and watches. All three laugh hysterically before and after Reed Tases the man.

Remember, kids, leave this sort of thing to the professional law-enforcement officers.

Right now, the tasing of Jackson is being turned over to an "independent investigator" to be hired by the borough council, while the mayor separately contacts the (presumably Pennsylvania) Attorney General.

No, really — that's Colwyn, Pennsylvania, not Bolivia.

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  1. The current trouble revolves around allegations that three Colwyn police officers tased 17-year-old Da’Qwan Jackson while he was handcuffed and locked in a holding cell.

    Da’Qwan? What, are his parents Trekkies or something?

    1. I think that was actually T’Pau.

      …not that I know anything about that crap.

      1. …not that I know anything about that crap.

        So you’re saying you’re proud of your ignorance?

        1. If anything, that would indicate I was ashamed of what I know. …about that.

    2. maybe the comma isnt silent

      1. Said quickly, it would sound a lot like “The Comic Con”. Possibly nerdier.

        1. What do you call a goth comic convention?

          The Necro Comic Con

  2. Hours after they turned in their badges and guns, Rutland and his political rival, Pray, the council president,

    “Eats, shoots and leaves.”

    1. Are you saying they were Pandas?

  3. The question isn’t if they blame Da’Qwan Jackson and the parking enforcement officer, but when.

    1. Here’s what actually happened:

      Pig 1: “What’s your name, son?”

      Da’Qwan: “Da’Qwan.”

      Pig 2: “Okay Qwan, do you have any illicit substances on your person?”

      Da’Qwan: “No, it’s Da’Qwan.”

      Pig 1: “I’m not going to call you ‘The Qwan’.”

      Da’Qwan: “No, it’s Da’Qwan. That’s my name.”

      Pig 2: “If you’re “Da Qwan”, then this is ‘Da Taser’. For the last time, what’s your name?”

      So, you see, it’s his parents fault. He was an uncooperative witness. Procedures were followed. I commend the officers. If needed, an ethnic linguistic training/cruise will be arranged. Nothing else happened.

      1. It was the same thing with the parking enforcement officer, I’m sure.

        The general public has no freakin’ clue how disobedient some people can be!

  4. Why does the mayor carry a badge and gun?

    After repealing the state of emergency, Pray and her allies voted to resuspend Seitz and reinstate Reed.

    Let me guess, Pray and Reed are black and Seitz isn’t?

    1. Pray is black (and a Democrat). The suspended officers are “racially mixed.” No word on Seitz. No word on Da’Qwan Jackson, but my assumption is he would be black.

  5. A YouTube video shows Colwyn Deputy Chief Wendell Reed Tasering a parking enforcement

    Vanished down the memory hole.

  6. Jesus. I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit.

    1. It’s the only way to be sure

  7. I wonder how people are going to try to find a race narrative in here and blame the brutality on the white Republican who at least from this post appears to be trying to do the right thing.

    1. I’m wondering the same thing. It sounds like the only “good” (or at least “OK”) people in this whole fiasco are the mayor and the whistle blower, Lt Wesley Seitz, who I’m assuming based on his name is probably white as well.

      They’ll probably spin it that the mayor suspended Reed and the other two and promoted Seitz just because he wanted a white guy to be chief of police. The fact that the whole thing was kicked off by the tasering of a black teenager while in custody will be conveniently forgotten, because that doesn’t fit the narrative of “white republican mayor = TEH EVUL”.

      1. As white as Wesley Snipes? 🙂

        1. Liz Lemon’s Wesley Snipes?

  8. Sources said several borough council members were seeking to dismiss the officer who reported the alleged incident to the mayor.

    Shocked, I am.

  9. it then took on charged political overtones

    I see what you did there.

    1. Heh.

  10. Da’Qwan, Trayvon…I’m starting to see a pattern here. Pigs have a dislike for ethnic sounding names.

    1. Trayvon was murdered by a white-hispanic racist vigilante, not the fuzz. Try to keep up.

    2. I think you mean “urban”, not “ethnic”.

    3. There have to be some kids named Taser in this country.

  11. a racially mixed group of three officers

    The important thing is that police officers of all races joined together to Tase Da’Qwan. Much better than in the old days.

    1. When one considers the past it is a stunning improvement.

      1. Their unity is truly shocking.

        1. Ha Ha. Very punny.

  12. A YouTube video shows Colwyn Deputy Chief Wendell Reed Tasering a parking enforcement officer for laughs inside of the borough’s tiny police department.

    Taser is a proper noun, hence capitalized. But I’ve never heard of proper verbs in English. Of course I never went to j-school…

    1. The rules for verbing nouns are weird.

    2. Like “scuba,” Taser is actually an acronym (Thomas A. Swift’s electric rifle), that was turned in a brand-name, the brand-name was then made into a generic term for “electroshock weapon.”

      But no matter how you spell it, don’t park sideways on the highway.

      1. The use of the term rifle seems very incorrect to me. Tasers don’t have any rifling and are not shoulder fired weapons. However, I can see why they made that choice, since Tasep does not roll off the tongue nearly as well.

        1. The character of Tom Swift used a device called an “electric rifle” in the series of children’s books that began in 1910. Blame the wholly fictitious Victor Appleton for that mistake.

        2. However, I can see why they made that choice, since Tasep does not roll off the tongue nearly as well.

          But it does anagram nicely to ‘Paste.’ Let’s see taser do that!

          1. taser anagrams to “stare’, as in scorpion.

            Coincidence?

  13. That actually makes a whole lot of sense dude.

    http://www.Privacy-Dudes.tk

    1. No, no it doesn’t anon bot.

      Swing and a miss.

  14. This would make an awesome episode of Parks & Recreation

  15. Seems like as good a place as any…

    A true public servant and hero

  16. No, really – that’s Colwyn, Pennsylvania, not Bolivia.

    Well, to be fair, it’s in Delaware County and sits right at the border with Philadelphia County.

  17. Why is this even a city with a police department? The Philly Airport looks at least 10 times larger.

    http://g.co/maps/fycsv

  18. You know how Reason has a Nanny of the Month award?

    There should be another one for Cop Hooligan of the Week…

    I don’t know who would win this week. Tasering someone while handcuffed is bad, but whoever left that guy locked in a cell for five days without food or water?

    You gotta try hard to get noticed these days, being a cop.

    1. Maybe there could be sub-categories like Puppycide of the Week, Most Brutal Beating of an Unarmed and Defenseless Citizen and Most Ridiculous Justification for Using a SWAT Raid.

      1. Call it the “Bonk, Bonk on the Head” award.

        Civil disobedience is still disobedience–bonk, bonk on the head!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSIXFlOPeH4

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