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Video Shows Cops Tasing a Restrained Woman In Accordance With a Policy That May Not Exist

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Stop resisting!

Let's all sing the praises of video-recording technology and whistleblowers. And journalists looking for a big story. That's what it took to expose the tasing of a "mentally troubled" 34-year-old woman by Chariton, Iowa, police who had, ostensibly, pulled her and her boyfriend over because they feared she was the victim of domestic abuse. They ended up zapping her after they had her handcuffed and confined to a police car. And they zapped her according to a Use of Force Policy that may not exist.

Reports WHO TV:

A mentally troubled woman, tased by a Chariton police officer even after she was hogtied in the back of his police cruiser, is speaking out. 

It's a video the Chariton Police Department does not want you to see.  It shows Sergeant Tyler Ruble tasing 34-year old Amy Storm after Storm was stopped two years ago because Ruble was investigating whether she was the victim of domestic abuse. 

The video shows officers cuffing her hands and feet, and hog-tying her…then tasing her while she was in the back seat of the police cruiser. 

After our story aired, Storm contacted us. She says she never filed a complaint because she didn't realize there was a video.  Watching it now brings back a flood of emotions.  "I can't believe there's a video." Storm says fighting back tears, "I can't believe that's me. I started crying. I just…I knew it was bad when it was happening.  I just didn't realize it was that bad.  I didn't…I didn't realize how bad it was."

Police cited HIPAA privacy regulations in refusing to surrender the police-taken video to the TV station. The video was obtained anyway "through someone with connections to the department." The department's reticence might be explained by WHO's report that those arms holding Storm down in the photo above belong to Lucas County Sheriff Jim Baker.

Not surprisingly, Baker, along with Chariton Police Chief Jeff Johnson, responded to the report of Storm's shocking treatment. The duo's press release (PDF) says:

[A] Chariton Police Officer, acting in conjunction with veteran officers from the Sheriff's Office, was required to implement the City's Use of Force policy. The subject was subdued and an arrest was made without further incident. Following the arrest the Department received no complaints or comments from any party involved in the arrest.

Baker and John also complained that they were "willing to comply with WHO's request for release of the video, but the City needed to confirm first that the privacy rights of non-City personnel shown in the video were protected as provided by federal and state law."

Responds WHO:

In a written statement the police chief defends the tasing saying it's been reviewed by his department and the city.  But that's news to the mayor, who admits he's never seen any such report.  The mayor then refused to answer any more of our questions.

WHO also pointed out in its initial broadcast that they had been refused access to the Use of Force Policy on the grounds that it was being revised and did not address the use of Tasers.

Ouch.

Amy Storm is now pursuing legal action.

Note: I can't get the video to embed. See it here.

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  1. Oh, you aren’t a victim of domestic abuse? Well then, let’s make you a victim of officer abuse!

  2. Of course they were revising it. That’s how it works. Officer does something fucked up, police department revises its procedures to cover that conduct.

  3. I’m confident that the officer who did this will be thoroughly investigated, criminally charged, and given the maximum sentence allowed by law.

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    Haaaaaaaaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha!

    I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip the waitress.

  4. Quick, someone light the Dunphy signal!

    I’d do it myself, but I don’t have keys to the rooftop*.

    *IOW, I don’t have the link to it bookmarked for easy access.

    1. Don’t have all the facts, video is shaky, something about danger and training, etc. etc.

      /dunphy

      1. rubbish. the scenarios where tasing a HOGTIED person is ever justified are nearly impossible to imagine.

        the tasing is about as clearly unjustified as one could imagine

        as usual, you misstate my position. when the facts are unclear, they are unclear.

        in this case, there is no dispute she was hogtied, which makes the tasing about 99%+ likelihood of being unjutified.

        loki, is just an ignorant moron.

        when i see police misconduct, i criticize it.

        1. OMG! Dunphy manned up and is on a po-po thread. 99% really? See you can’t actually come out and say that the pigs in this situation are just sadistic fucks and should be destroyed for the betterment of mankind. Oh and…Die in a fire with your progeny you boot-licking, tax-feeding, parasitic, jack-booted thug.

          1. actually, as usual morons misstate my position

            i didn’t say 99%

            i said 99%+

            iow, about as close to near certainty as one could get.

            and as usual morons misstate my position

            my position is clear and consistent

            1) tasers have been GROSSLY overused
            2) policies regarding tasers are quite often woefully lacking
            3) policies regarding tasers are often too lenient
            4) prior to mcpherson (9th circuit court) case law regarding taser use was too lenient
            5) it is about as close to inconceivable as one could imagine that tasing a hogtied person would be justifiable, either morally, legally, or under any rationally written use of force policy.

            i think tasers are an excellent tool. as i said, i have seen them work very well, and when justified, they are valuable.

            again, just the other day, i had deadly force used against me, and if we had not had the tasers, we very well might have had to shoot the guy

            those are the kind of incidents that do not make the paper

            i support as much videotaping of police as one could imagine, since it helps out bad cops and protect good cops

            hth

            1. just the other day, i had deadly force used against me

              You mean the guy with the shovel?

              I know that would have been justified for you, but do you honestly believe a mere citizen could get away with self defense claim for shooting someone with a shovel?

              Honestly?

              I don’t think so.

              But there’s no double standard. No, that’s just anti-cop bigotry.

              1. yes. i honestly do. and i have seen case after case where that is confirmed

                you got a guy making threats he’s going to kill you, ranting and raving, etc. and then he throws the business end of a shovel at you, if a “civilian” was in that situation and shot the guy, prosecutors would rubber stamp that as self defense so fast it would make yuor head spin.

                1. and i have seen case after case where that is confirmed

                  And since you’re a proven liar, your word is worthless.

                  1. All cops are liars. They are not there to help, just to pin something on you.

                2. if a “civilian” was in that situation and shot the guy, prosecutors would rubber stamp that as self defense so fast it would make yuor head spin.

                  Even in someplace like SoCal or New York?

                  No, don’t even try to lie.

                3. yes. i honestly do. and i have seen case after case where that is confirmed

                  Good. Then you can post the links to them here, two at a time.

                  1. Good. Then you can post the links to them here, two at a time.

                    I once watched Dunphy spend two hours trying to argue that “I saw it” is the equivalent of actual citations.

                    I wouldn’t expect those links any time soon.

            2. again, just the other day, i had deadly force used against me, and if we had not had the tasers, we very well might have had to shoot the guy

              As usual, you counter a reported story of abuse, with video, by giving anecdotes and making unsubstantiated claims. Color me unsurprised.

              those are the kind of incidents that do not make the paper

              Are you ever gonna realize that they are the exception rather than the rule when it comes to taser use?

              hth

              It doesn’t.

              1. no, they are the rule not the exception

                the vast majority of taser usages are clearly justified. that’s what i see day in and day out

                and newspapers don’t report boring justified usages of tasers

                1. “the vast majority of taser usages are clearly justified. that’s what i see day in and day out”

                  You watch people get tased day in and day out? That’s fucked up, pig fucker.

                2. the vast majority of taser usages are clearly justified. that’s what i see day in and day out

                  Justified by who? Is it the IA team or the union-approved civilian review board? Or by the CBA-authorized investigator?

                  You work in a state where department policy says a cop does not have to fill out a report when he breaks the law in the line of duty because he shouldn’t have to incriminate himself. So until they are ruled justified by a grand jury convened by an independent prosecutor that isn’t a lackey to the boys in blue he works with crafting stories on a daily basis, (instead of an internal investigation whose rules are established by a CBA) I’m going to be skeptical.

            3. again, just the other day, i had deadly force used against me, and if we had not had the tasers, we very well might have had to shoot the guy

              None of that ever happened, and you’re as dumb as you act if you think your word alone is any kind of proof.

              This isn’t the locker room at the precinct.

            4. “iow, about as close to near certainty as one could get.”

              But not 100% certain, so there’s still a little wiggle room.

            5. I didn’t misstate anything dick-wad. If you can’t see that those sadistic fucks are 100% wrong to tase a person already hog-tied, then you sir are a mental degenerate and should die in fire with your progeny to improve all mankind. And you didn’t have deadly force used against you, if you had you would be dead dick-sucker. Plus since the dude hasn’t been convicted it is only “alleged”. Just like the pigs only allegedly tased the hog-tied woman, until the video became public.

              1. Oh, and Links or it didn’t happen. Same for your polling data. And try to come up with at least an many stories of good cops everyday as Policemisconduct.net comes up with bad one. Die in a fire with your progeny you dick-sucking, tax-feeding jack-booted parasite.

        2. when i see police misconduct, i criticize it.

          Have you ever pressed charges against a cop for a crime committed while in uniform?

          Oh yeah. That doesn’t happen in Washington where you work, because everyone on your department is one of those mythical “good cops” we hear about but never actually see.

          1. By the way, I’m beginning to strongly suspect out current “Dunphy” is actually a Tulpa sockpuppet. He gave some shit away yesterday that makes it look increasingly likely.

          2. you really are obsessed, aren’t you.

            fwiw, cops don’t press charges in WA state. prosecutors do.

            i realize you are obsessed with seeing cops arrested, largely because you are still bitter at being justifiably convicted of a crime you admitted you committed oh so many years ago.

            cops are not the enemy, sarcasmic. you broke the law, and you got ample due process.

            1. largely because you are still bitter at being justifiably convicted of a crime you admitted you committed oh so many years ago

              Wrong. I’m pissed because there were witnesses who saw the guy who hit me run a red light. Then the kid’s father shows up after the kid says “It was my fault. My dad will pay for everything.” Well, he did. After a conference between dad and the cop, the kid left, without a ticket, coached to not admit that he ran the light. The report omitted that little fact as well. Had it been in there I could have gotten out of fixing the car that hit me, but that was not the case.

              The accident would not have happened if the guy who hit me had not run a red light, but that was conspicuously absent from the report.

              That’s what I’m pissed about. Not the conviction.

              Fuck the police.

            2. That and the time I watched a bunch of uniformed thugs break up an impromptu jam session by beating up the players and smashing their equipment, the time I had a cop whisper “Please. Give me one reason. You know I want to. I’m begging you. In front of all these people. Give me one fucking reason.” and that speeding ticket where he lied about where I was and how fast I was traveling.
              Other than that cops are swell.
              Oh yeah, there were the drunk cop being consoled by his drunk buddies about how sad he was that he’d never had the opportunity to kill someone. This after gleeful stories of choke holds and other random acts of violence.
              I could go on, but character space and all that.
              Yeah.
              Fuck the police.

            3. OK so you don’t press charges. But…you could arrest the fucking cop-crim and sign the fucking complain couldn’t you? Have you ever done that? Didn’t think so. And don’t tell anyone that you have never seen another pig break the law. Cause if you do we KNOW you are a dirty mother-fucking lying piece of shit.

          3. To be fair when I got arrested in washington state the officer was suprisingly polite, and let me go without taking me to holding. They just mailed me my court date later. Got my charges dropped too, mothafuckin’ Contract fo’ Dismissal baby! Still, that was one of the two interactions I’ve had with the 5-0 where they werent complete dicks. So from my small sample size, 33% of cops are douchebags.

        3. when i see police misconduct, i criticize it.

          Too bad your version of “misconduct” and those of us that seek equal protection are two veeeeeeeery different things.

          1. By the way, this is not “misconduct.” It is assault with a deadly weapon, and every officer with his/her hands out in the video is an accomplice.

            Nice parsing of words to diminish what is obviously criminal behavior…because criminal behavior under color of authority is still criminal behavior in a just society.

            1. We don’t live in a just society.

          2. no, mine is consistent with rule of law and fairness for law enforcement, for society at large, etc.

            your standard would be unworkable and would be ridiculously restrictive

            fortunately, we live in a nation of largely reasonable men and reasonable policy.

            while i can have minor quibbles with various use of force case law decisions, on the whole, the rules i operate under in regards to use of force are fair and properly balance the goals of law enforcement, the right of self defense (and defense of others), and the rights of those to whom force is being applied

            this is true of UOF law in general, not just that that references cops, but that that references everybody.

            iow, the US, unlike most european countries, etc. properly recognizes a right of self defense and does not establish a duty to retreat

            1. your standard would be unworkable and would be ridiculously restrictive

              Arrest cops who you witness breaking the law.

              What’s so “unworkable” and “ridiculously restrictive” about that?

              And why do you openly refuse to hold yourself to that standard?

              1. Arrest cops who you witness breaking the law.

                Don’t you know how it works?

                You look the other way when one of your fellow officers takes out their frustrations on some punk who mouthed off to them, and they will extend you the same courtesy when you have a bad day.

                1. I’d have more respect for him if he’d just say that. The “I’m a good cop REALLLLLYY!!!” schitck is tiresome, especially in light of his admissions that clearly indicate he is anything but.

                  1. the vast majority of cops are good cops. not perfect, but good cops.

                    1. Yeah, good at covering their asses and the asses of the other cops that are doin’ dirt. The Blue Wall of Silence. IOW…snitches get stitches bitches.

                  2. That would be honest. Cops are not honest.

                    They use embellishment, omission, and outright falsehoods as tools to get convictions.
                    Being convincingly dishonest is a requirement to be an effective policeman.

                    1. cops are certainly more honest than the average person, let alone attorney or journalist

                      which is properly reflected in polling data, i might add

                    2. which is properly reflected in polling data, i might add

                      So, wait, you think POLLING DATA can demonstrate a cops honesty?

                      BWAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH

                    3. POLLING DATA!!!!

                      AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

                    4. cops are certainly more honest than the average person, let alone attorney or journalist

                      Ah yes. The guy suing the police department and that pesky reporter are the dishonest ones, colluding to get back at the honest cop who gave them a speeding ticket. Poor, poor cop. A victim of dishonest attorneys and journalists.

                      which is properly reflected in polling data, i might add

                      No post of yours would be complete without citing some poll.

                    5. No post of yours would be complete without failing to cite some poll you use as evidence.

                      FYP.

                    6. Well, as long as you have polling data then I guess you’re right.

                    7. Fuck that, I have never stolen from someone that I was supposed to be protecting and serving. Plenty of pigs have. What say we do a little test. How many pigs are there? How many have been convicted of a crime? What is the percentage. We know that only about 10% of the gen pop commit the crimes. I bet the po-po’s percentage is higher. Also, CCW are more law abiding than the po-po. Studies prove it. I seen it with my own eyes all the time.

                2. yawn. what is so typical of your petulant childlike behavior is shit like this

                  in this thread, we have a clear example of police misconduct and abusive behavior

                  we agree.

                  yet, you still want to argue about something, so it’s tangent tangent tangent derp derp derp

                  you are obsessed with arrest and punishment… as long as it’s a cop

                  1. yawn. what is so typical of your petulant childlike behavior is shit like this

                    You mean saying things like “as usual morons” not once but repeatedly, because you disagree with them?

                    POLLING DATA!!!!

                  2. in this thread, we have a clear example of police misconduct and abusive behavior

                    No, we have a clear example of criminal behavior being whitewashed by a department until it is exposed by the media.

                    Criminal=arrest and charges for the rest of us. Criminal=policy change for people that carry a badge.

                    And yet you fail to understand why we are so upset all the time.

                  3. That’s because pigs get arrested and convicted waaaayy less than us “regular” people. It is called a double standard Officer Douchy. Maybe you have heard of it.

              2. sloopy, you are obsessed with arrest.

                i don’t arrest people in general AUTOMATICALLY merely because they are breaking the law

                contrary to what you think, arrest is not the solution to every example of lawbreaking even ASSUMING that you would have a clear cut case of assault by cop in many situations where an arrest would be justified.

                you are obsessed with punishment and arrest, as long as it’s cops.

                seriously. obsessed

                1. sloopy, you are obsessed with arrest.

                  Because it actually stops the assault. Filing a grievance with the precinct after you have irreversible brain damage really doesn’t compare. If the true goal were to protect and serve, then this would be a no-brainer in favor of arrest.

                2. i don’t arrest people in general AUTOMATICALLY merely because they are breaking the law

                  Do you want to make that statement when someone is unjustifiably inflicting physical pain on another person? If so, you are an animal.

                  you are obsessed with punishment and arrest, as long as it’s cops.

                  Not quite. I’m somewhat obsessed with people being treated equally under the law, and that goes for when they are either having a crime committed against them or they are committing a crime. Why someone who swears to uphold the law wouldn’t feel the same way is frankly beyond me.

                  1. But police are held to a higher standard!
                    When they kill someone they get a paid vacation and a raise!
                    Do you know how terrible it is to have a paid vacation and a raise!
                    It fucking sucks!

                    1. And Polling Data.

                    2. Seriously though, could someone explain what the fuck that means? How could someone think that polling data can demonstrate honesty?

                    3. The majority of people polled think cops are honest.

                      What that means is the majority of the people polled have never been a victim of or accused of a crime.

                    4. Yeah, I get that, I just don’t get why someone would think it’s a useful tool to measure anyone’s honesty.

                3. If I walked up and tased your mother / wife / girlfriend / daughter / whatever, would you arrest me?

                4. i don’t arrest people in general AUTOMATICALLY merely because they are breaking the law – Dunphy.
                  And you have the balls to call yourself a “good cop”? Isn’t that your actual fucking job description? To, you know, arrest fucking law breakers?

        4. when i see police misconduct, i criticize it.

          Liar. You’ve admitted you won’t arrest police officers for breaking the law if you witness it.

          1. He said he’d criticize them. Not arrest them.

            “Hey! You’re doing it wrong! You’re supposed to hit them in the head!”

            1. you’re spending too much time on cop blogs

        5. loki, is just an ignorant moron

          It’s called ajoke fuckstain. If you can’t take a little harmless ribbing once in a while then go to hell you fucking asshole.

          1. He’s a cop. They do not have senses of humor and take everything personally.

            1. But but but POLLING DATA!!!!

            2. Little does he realize that before today I had actually taken him at his word that maybe he wasn’t that bad a person. I had never really said anything about him personally, or even really engaged in him in debate before. All I did here was make the “light the dunphy signal” joke.

              And he responds by calling me an ignorant moron, when all I did was invoke one of our many HR memes as a joke. Clearly he’s a thin-skinned self absorbed piece of shit.

              1. Clearly he’s a thin-skinned self absorbed piece of shit.

                He’s a cop. That goes without saying.

                1. Don’t forget cowardly. It is cowardly, thin-skinned, self-absorbed piece of shit.

        6. loki, is just an ignorant moron.

          He’s sure as hell got you figured out.

          -jcr

  5. In a written statement the police chief defends the tasing saying it’s been reviewed by his department and the city.

    Two impartial entities with nothing to gain or lose either way.

  6. A totally justified use of abuse force.

  7. In Cincinati, cops have literally become the PC police.

  8. They were just Protecting and Serving the shit out of her. She could have been the victim of domestic violence. So we had to make her a victim of state violence.

  9. HIPAA privacy regulations? I’m assuming they’re talking about Storm’s privacy and her mental condition?

    1. Yeah, if the cop called her a crazy bitch – they have to protect the confidentiality of his diagnosis.

    2. Seriously, one of the funniest damn things I’ve read:

      Police cited HIPAA privacy regulations in refusing to surrender the police-taken video to the TV station.

      Tasing restrained suspect: A+ behavior
      Releasing video of you doing it: HIPAA is sacrosanct.

      Not that HIPAA isn’t a worthless piece of crap who sole purpose is generating paperwork.

      1. As something (ahem) of an expert on HIPAA, I can assure you with a very high degree of confidence that HIPAA does not apply in this case. At all. In the slightest. Under any interpretation. Period. Full stop. No exceptions.

        1. I’m pretty sure they just went with the first privacy related law they could think of, whether it actually applied or not.

        2. Yes, the police have no HIPAA duty at all, not being medical providers. Or… maybe they are… ECT is back in vogue after all…

        3. Doesn’t the intersection of HIPAA and law enforcement have more to do with law enforcement accessing actual patient records?

          1. Exactly. And I believe that it only took me 4 1/2 years to train the local po-po that “because I want it” is not a recognized exception to HIPAA.

            My most recent advance in bringing our local cops into compliance with federal law was finally convincing them that, if they drop off somebody at our ER, we can’t tell them in advance when that person will be discharged so they can arrest them.

            They love to do that, because if they just dump them at the curb, the city isn’t on the hook for the medical bills. Man, oh, man were they pissed when a couple of citizens that they had dumped just walked out of our hospital.

            I dropped a copy of the HIPAA regs in front of the city attorney and invited her to point out to me where it says we can tell anyone when a patient will be discharged without the patient’s consent. Good times, good times.

            1. Today you are my favorite attorney!!

            2. I dropped a copy of the HIPAA regs in front of the city attorney

              Holy shit! Did it break her desk? Or was it one of those steel ones?

        4. +1, as another (ahem) expert. Police Departments are not ‘covered entities’, and do not maintain medical records, nor do they bill patients for treatment. Not that I want any police departments to get any ideas….

        5. They taser was actually meant to revive her, therefore it was medical treatment, therefore HIPAA.

      2. “Not that HIPAA isn’t a worthless piece of crap who sole purpose is generating paperwork.”

        I did get to see HIPPA make a liberal cry. He was a nurse who ran a home for people on ventilators. After HIPPA he could no longer scan the hospital patient lists to find new customers. The tears he cried about government putting him out of business were so sweet. Any other time GOVERNMENT was the savior and could solve any problem.

  10. “Following the arrest the Department received no complaints or comments from any party involved in the arrest.”

    In other words, we were hoping that this video would never see the light of day, but now that it’s out, uh… Standard procedure, trainings revised

  11. Police cited HIPAA privacy regulations

    Now THAT’s some creative thinking.

    “Sorry, we can’t show you that. It’s all part of her shock therapy treatment plan.”

    1. and those contusions are part of the baton-massage.

      1. C’mon NoVA…it’s a deep tissue massage. Those dark spots are the “toxins” being released!

  12. Here’s a pet peeve of mine: the news team talked about how the cops bogarted the video, how awesome News Team is at obtaining the video from Nasty Gatekeepers, and then they release selectively edited video.

    What’s wrong with us seeing the primary documents and making up our own minds?

    I’m curious as to what set Taser Officer off when she was in the car, especially since the First Officer she met seemed normal and respectful.

    1. Which is it, Abdul? Was First Officer normal, or respectful?

      I keed! Kinda. I wish.

  13. Tulpa said two days these kinds of assaults don’t happen every day. So far, I’ve seen three stories posted that meet the criteria. We’re ahead of the curve already and yet he’s nowhere to be found.

    1. He’s busy posting as Dunphy.

  14. Swat officer assaulted someone over cellphone call.

    And this is hilarious:

    You wouldn’t think a police officer would behave in this way,” said Anoka County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Paul Sommer. “It’s kind of a shock to our system.”

    1. and has received two medals of valor and other awards

      Translation: He has killed at least two people.

  15. Reuters/Ipsos Poll taken 6/7-11: 50% of the people think Obama has helped the economy, 44% dont and 6% are unsure. Link here.

    So much for the polling data and fact intersecting.

    1. Again, that brings up the question I have about the polling data claim.

      Do you think Dunphy is actually so stupid that he really believes polls measure objective facts? Like honesty?

      Does he not know what a poll is?

      1. He is a cop. They are generally too stupid and slovenly to understand anything. Ever been to a gun range with the po-po. I won’t go to the line when there are local PD pigs there to “practice”. The fact that they can actually point the gun down range if a fucking shock half the time because they are so fucking stupid/ignorant of proper gun handling.

        1. Procedures are followed: spray and pray

  16. Check out the Police One response to the cop who strangled that kid.

    1. Like my blood pressure needs that crap.

    2. This is kinda like polling data, only better. What cops say on a private forum anonymously is probably indicative of cops everywhere. And the threads on PoliceOne are overwhelmingly in favor of cops using excessive force, illegal methods and a double-standard of justice just so they “can go home every night.”

      Always put more stock in what someone says in the confidence of friends rather that what they say openly in public. I certainly will.

      1. And of course that fuck Douchy will have no comment on the obviously criminal comments at piggy1. Cause, you know, most cops are good.

  17. Why didn’t the cops just set fire to the couple’s car and let God sort ’em out?

  18. I’m still trying to figure out why the cops seem to think HIPAA applies to this?

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