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Fight Fizzles Before Police Arrive; Cops Start Tasing and Arresting People Anyway

Cops were greeted by a calm scene, but the situation quickly erupted into chaos.

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When two of her sons got into a heated argument in August, a Texas mother thought a call to police might help the situation. But by the time the cops arrived, things had settled down. So why were three brothers arrested and one of them tased?

Sammie Anderson's story began when two of her adult sons—23-year-old Matt Bateman and 21-year-old Grant Bible—started arguing. Afraid that words might turn into blows, Anderson tells The Dallas Morning News, she got between them and said, "Someone better call the police."

Grant's girlfriend, Victoria Floyd, made the call. By this point Bateman had picked up a tool, possibly a sledgehammer, which Floyd duly mentioned to the dispatcher. But Matt and Grant soon calmed down, and dash camera footage shows police arriving to a relatively quiet scene.

"There was no physical altercation, no arguing," DeSoto Police Chief Joseph Costa tells the Morning News. But the situation wouldn't stay calm for long. The footage shows police repeatedly ordering everyone to "get on the ground," even after being told that "no one's fighting."

The full dash camera video can be seen below:

About one minute into the video, another of Anderson's sons, 18-year-old Sam Bible, walks into view. According to the Morning News, Sam had just gotten home from work and was not involved in his brothers' argument.

Sam appears to get down on his knees, but his body is partially out of the frame. The police keep telling him to "get down on the ground," and his mother gets up and walks over to encourage him to listen. "He's not resisting," Anderson tells the officers. Then one of them tackles her to the ground. Later in the video, another officer claims she was subdued for touching him.

Two officers can then be seen drawing weapons, which Costa later said were stun guns. Soon everyone is on the ground, and police start handcuffing them.

One of Anderson's sons apparently didn't want to be handcuffed. The Morning News reports:

An officer approaching Grant Bible, 21, who is on the ground face down, says, "You need to calm down or you'll be tased." Two other officers are standing over him as they handcuff him. Someone says, "Don't touch me."

Over the next roughly 40 seconds, at least four officers surround Grant and hold him down as he screams. The footage doesn't clearly show where officers were tasing him.

Grant and Sam were eventually arrested for interfering with officers. Matt, meanwhile, was taken into custody for alleged domestic violence against his girlfriend, who signed a sworn affidavit saying "he has never assaulted me." Floyd also told police that Matt had hit his 15-year-old brother, Ty. All three brothers have pleaded not guilty.

Sam and Grant lost their jobs while they were in custody, and Anderson had to seek hospital treatment for several sprains and bruises. She ended up losing her job as well.

Anderson has filed a complaint claiming excessive use of force, but Costa insists his officers did nothing wrong. "With the information I have and relative to the video you have, our officers acted appropriately to the incident they responded to," he tells WFAA.

The DeSoto Police Department's internal affairs division is investigating the incident.

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27 responses to “Fight Fizzles Before Police Arrive; Cops Start Tasing and Arresting People Anyway

  1. So there’s no fighting happening, nobody posing an imminent threat to anyone, so immediately everyone has to get one the ground?

    Fucking Gestapo bullshit.

    1. This is literally what the dystopia looks like. Agents of the state show up, and you have to immediately get down on the ground or risk being shot-or at least getting a nasty beating.

  2. When two of her sons got into a heated argument in August, a Texas mother thought a call to police might help the situation.

    Not a Reason reader I see.

    1. Well, she is a she …so statistically speaking, no 🙂

    2. Though agree with your point. The number of people who think calling law enforcement officials or any other government entity will make things better is astoundingly higher than it should be based upon how many times this usually fails to help.

      So it’s all so unsurprising – which is disheartening, but reality often is.

      1. Yeah – I’ve been in a few situations in life where per cultural convention one would have expected calling the police to be the obvious thing to do. Shootings, breaks-ins, and the like. Uniformly unhelpful I have found them.

        1. Sorry to hear that.

          1. On the upside, I’ve never personally witnessed police doing anything heinous. I’ve just also never personally witnessed them doing anything helpful.

            1. Actually, in fairness, I should correct that – we recently had a hostage standoff in our neighborhood where the local meth-head had be coaxed out of his house at 2am by a SWAT team after he was reported firing off a gun randomly into the air.

              They didn’t kill him, and he’s not fucking up our neighborhood anymore. There were probably better solutions to the “problem” (like legal meth), but it would be unfair to say that the police weren’t helpful.

              So there’s that.

            2. About the only time I’ve ever had the police be personally helpful was in the wake of vehicular crashes where I was the victim.

  3. When two of her sons got into a heated argument in August, a Texas mother thought a call to police might help the situation.

    Never. Call. The. Cops. Ever.

    There’s no situation that can’t be made worse by calling in some ‘roided up barely tame apes with AUTHORITAH and a God complex.

    1. We’re just lucky they were there to resolve this dangerous situation by having everyone on-site kneel before Zod.

      1. Sam appears to get down on his knees, but his body is partially out of the frame. The police keep telling him to “get down on the ground,”

        Apparently kneeling before Zod isn’t even good enough for these fucks. Only fully prostrating oneself before Zod will do.

        1. “Procedures were followed,” “just following orders,” etc. etc.

    2. I’m surprised, and a little disappointed, that when interviewed by local news these victims don’t make that point. I would love to see one of them look at the camera and plead with the viewer to never call the police because it will make any bad situation worse, and then cut to a police spokesman try to refute that.

  4. How metaphorical. A dead-end street.

    Well, the rats got away.

  5. How’d this very local story get covered? It seems too local for Reason…

  6. This won’t end until Police Chiefs start losing their jobs. “our officers acted appropriately to the incident” displays either an unwillingness to face the truth or an appalling lack of judgement.

    1. It’s policy made by and for cops. Once cops engage, cop safety is the overriding value.

  7. Thank God the family did not have a dog.

  8. either an unwillingness to face the truth or an appalling lack of judgement.

    Porque no los dos?

  9. It sucks to learn this lesson the hard way: don’t EVER call the cops to “resolve” anything. Try to handle it yourself.

  10. Never talk to the Police
    Never call the Police unless you want them to shoot someone

    I still remember the story of some woman calling the cops because her husband of boyfriend or son or something was locked in his room with a knife and she was worried that he might hurt himself.

    Even if you never saw the story, I bet you can guess how this turns out.

    Cops come. Break down the door. Enter room. Say “Eeek, he has a knife!”, and shoot him.

    Don’t call the Police on someone unless you want them shot.

    1. Never call the Police unless you want them to shoot someone and you don’t much care if it’s you.

  11. Thank God they are investigating themselves so that we can really get to the bottom of this. /SARCASM

    1. And it will be a really, super-good internal affairs investigation too! I mean, since their boss already told the media that he’s seen all the evidence and they did nothing wrong….

  12. This is the kind of nutty stuff that really drives me crazy. Instead of resolving situations, police are increasingly the *cause* of situations.

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