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‘Don’t Taze My Granny!’

Lonnie Tinsley of El Reno, Oklahoma made a nearly fatal mistake last December 22 when he went to check on his grandma, Lona Vernon.

Concerned that Lona hadn’t taken her medications, Lonnie called 911 in the expectation that an emergency medical technician would be dispatched to the apartment to evaluate the bedridden 86-year-old woman.

Instead, that call for help was answered by nearly a dozen armed tax-feeders employed by the El Reno Police Department.

Understandably alarmed — and probably more than a little disgusted — by the presence of uninvited armed strangers in her home, Lona ordered them to leave. This directive, issued by a fragile female octogenarian confined to a hospital-style bed and tethered to an oxygen tank, was interpreted as “aggressive” behavior by Officer Thomas Duran, who ordered one of his associates : “Taser her!”

“Don’t taze my granny!” exclaimed Tinsley. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Tinsley’s “obstructive” behavior prompted the police to threaten him with their tasers. He was then was assaulted, removed from the room, thrown to the floor, handcuffed, and detained in a police car. At this point, the heroes in blue turned their attention to Lona.

The tactical situation was daunting; at this point, the police had only a 10-1 advantage over a subject who — according to Duran’s official report — had taken an “aggressive posture” in her hospital bed. The sacred imperative of “officer safety” dictated that the subject be thoroughly softened up in order to minimize resistance.

Accordingly, one of the officers approached Lona and “stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation,” narrates the complaint, based on Lona’s account. One of the officers then shot her with a taser, but the connection wasn’t solid. A second fired his taser, “striking her to the left of the midline of her upper chest, and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain,” and unconsciousness. Lona was then handcuffed with sufficient ruthlessness to tear the soft flesh of her forearms, causing her to bleed.

After her wounds were treated at a local hospital, Lona was confined for six days in the psychiatric ward at the insistence of her deranged assailants from the El Reno Police Department.

It has long been established that the worst thing to do in an emergency is to call the police. In this case, Lonnie Tinsley didn’t call the police, yet they barged in anyway and quite nearly “helped” his grandma to death.


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  • I hope they sue and I hope they win.

    Cops are abusing the taser and their "I feared for my life" mantra is wearing thin.

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  • Mrs Fr33thinker has a bedridden octegenarian aunt. I wouldn't like to cross her. If this lady is in any way similar I can see why police feared for their lives.

    That said I wonder why they didn't just leave the
    room. Its not like she was going to chase them!

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  • I should qualify my above statements by saying that I have a lot of respect for good cops who realize their job is to protect citizens, not treat them as suspects or order them around.

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  • Behavior like that is a good way for a group of officers to be hauled off into a corn field and FUCKED with their own tools of torture.

    Where is the outrage in El Reno, Oklahoma ???

    Can't you at least arrange for 10 TAX FEEDING ASSHOLES to join the unemployment line ?

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  • this can't be true...where's the source?

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  • Welcome to the 21st century. The first commandment of the "New World Order", is "OBEY"!!! As we become more "EUROPEAN" in our society, you will see even more dominance over society. Shut up, work, watch you programs. That is all you will have left, because if you cause a ripple in the continuum, this is what you get.

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    • You are misstaking obedience for something worse. It is actually more like blind naive trust in governments, that, and being law abiding to the point of ridiculousness. Political correctness in people gives bureaucracy free hands to impose any law they see fit. Then again America have been manipulated for decades and decades in the same way, given half-truths and presidental speeches of reassurances and promises.

      For us it was the EU that really made everything 1000 times worse, just like the More..

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    • Uh, what part of this is common in Europe?

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    • Well said!

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  • Something was edited out of that report.
    here it is.

    Police have admitted using a Taser to incapacitate the suicidal woman Dec. 22. Officer Duran wrote in a police report she pulled a kitchen knife from under her pillow and threatened to kill him. "I tried talking to Varner and calm her down but nothing would work," he reported.

    The officer reported she took "a more aggressive posture on the bed" when other officers arrived. He reported she raised the knife above her head a More..

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  • This is weird. I can readily connect to the breathless blog report but I cannot find a single functioning link to any backstory.

    I'm not saying the story is fake. But I cannot confirm this story.

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  • how does one take an aggressive posture in bed?

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    • LOL i love LL.

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  • Awwww, the poor, helpless police officers were afraid for their lives from that evil old, bed-ridden grandmother!
    Clearly an abuse of power. Bunch of dickheads...

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  • After some googling I found a local newspaper report. Although the police department itself says there is obviously something messed up, it also offers some details that were left out of the other story. Such as granny waiving a butcher knife and the son threatening to kill the officers if they tried to disarm her.

    http://newsok.com/oklahoma-granny-gets-shocked-by-taser-sues-el-reno-police/article/3471297?custom_click=masthead_topten

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    • True, I misread it the first time. It was granny who apparently threatened to kill the officers herself and was likely in a psychotic state.

      Long and short of it-- It's only uncritical sheep who take every breathless tale of injustice at face value.

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  • they are quoting from a lawsuit. it is A) one sided and B) designed to sound as bad as possible. i wasnt ther and dont know what happened i have been present when octogenarians have attacked and injured people while suffering from demensia. i saw an officer thrown over a balcony one night by an 83 year old woman who caught him off balance. ive seen a seventy five year old shoot his neighbor over a five foot dispute over an property line. he literaly waited in ambush and shot the guy off of his m More..

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  • More and more law enforcement officers are just fat, lazy jack-offs who couldn't give a fuck about actually protecting citizens.

    Tazers are definitely being used way too often by these pussies. There should be an inquiry by Internal Affairs every time an officer uses his tazer to determine if it's use was appropriate.

    Unfortunately it will not be out of any sense of justice or citizen's rights that will cause a change in the policies surrounding the use of tazers... it will be the number of More..

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  • by the way i agree that the tazer is being abused and part of that was the original training. the original training was that taser was justified for any resistance. ky supreme court came down on this recently stating that the taser is use of force and must be reasonable and justified.

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  • All that because she didnt take her medications? I've heard of pill pushers before but this is just going to far.
    I hope she is ok and this doesnt happen to her or anyone else again. Maybe she can sue them and hire a full time nurse to help her, and/or maybe a couple of mac-10's like chuck norris had in the movie invasion USA.

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  • http://www.koco.com/news/24046264/detail.html

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  • if you are present when someone calls the police, break all their fingers before they get there. You will go down for it but if this becomes the accepted procedure, eventually dropping a dime will lose it's popularity. If someone is dead and you can't seperate yourself from the situation, THEN its time to call 911.

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  • I just wanna be able to like comments :(

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