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This is Christina West.  On August 10, 2013, Christina was arrested for DUI in Tallahassee, Florida.  As you can imagine, her face did not always look like this.
There’s little doubt that the police were legally justified in confronting and arresting Ms. West.  It appears that she was so inebriated that she accidentally drove into the side of a house.
According to the summary above from Veruca at The Everlasting GOP Stoppers, Christina was placed in handcuffs and put into the back of a police cruiser while the officers spoke to other witnesses at the scene.  Christina began knocking on the window of the cruiser because she wanted to be included in the conversation.  The officers then open the door and ask Christina to get out and take a breathalyzer test.  Christina, being rather drunk, was not as cooperative as she could be.  Eventually she gets out, but doesn’t immediately do what the cops want her to do.  So the officers lean her into the back of the cruiser, and then slam her face first into the pavement while she is already handcuffed.  As you can imagine, her face took most of the fall.  All of this can be seen in the dashcam video here.
The officers can then be overheard lying about the reason for their excessive use of force to restrain West.  In fact, it appears that they know they did something wrong, as West’s arrest does not appear in the TPD’s daily crime report.
The problem with cases like this is that West is an unsympathetic victim of police brutality.  She was clearly drunk. She victimized someone else by damaging their property.  She could have put others at risk.  Many people have trouble feeling sorry for somebody who acts so as to place other people’s welfare at risk with their actions.
But this doesn’t justify the treatment that West received at the hands of the Tallahassee Police Department.  This photo is gruesome, and rightfully so.  It is not the police’s job to punish people when they commit crimes.  Our system reserves that task for juries.  Christina West did not “deserve” these injuries simply for breaking the law.  Nor did she deserve it for resisting the officer’s commands, anymore than Robert Ethan Saylor deserved to be dragged out of a Maryland theater for resisting security guards, leading to his death by asphyxiation.  Whether a person is mentally ill or under the influence, law enforcement officials should not simply rely on force escalation to get compliance from people who are not lucid when they’re already handcuffed and not posing a direct threat to anyone.  
What this story is really about is the price of being accused of a crime.  How much sympathy must a person forfeit for making a mistake?  Yes, the police were right to arrest her.  Yes, she was engaged in risky behavior.  But none of this means they had to slam this tiny woman onto the asphalt face first while she was handcuffed.  She made a mistake and she’ll pay for it.  But it is not the police’s job to decide what she deserves.  And she certainly didn’t deserve to look like this.

letterstomycountry:

This is Christina West.  On August 10, 2013, Christina was arrested for DUI in Tallahassee, Florida.  As you can imagine, her face did not always look like this.

There’s little doubt that the police were legally justified in confronting and arresting Ms. West.  It appears that she was so inebriated that she accidentally drove into the side of a house.

According to the summary above from Veruca at The Everlasting GOP Stoppers, Christina was placed in handcuffs and put into the back of a police cruiser while the officers spoke to other witnesses at the scene.  Christina began knocking on the window of the cruiser because she wanted to be included in the conversation.  The officers then open the door and ask Christina to get out and take a breathalyzer test.  Christina, being rather drunk, was not as cooperative as she could be.  Eventually she gets out, but doesn’t immediately do what the cops want her to do.  So the officers lean her into the back of the cruiser, and then slam her face first into the pavement while she is already handcuffed.  As you can imagine, her face took most of the fall.  All of this can be seen in the dashcam video here.

The officers can then be overheard lying about the reason for their excessive use of force to restrain West.  In fact, it appears that they know they did something wrong, as West’s arrest does not appear in the TPD’s daily crime report.

The problem with cases like this is that West is an unsympathetic victim of police brutality.  She was clearly drunk. She victimized someone else by damaging their property.  She could have put others at risk.  Many people have trouble feeling sorry for somebody who acts so as to place other people’s welfare at risk with their actions.

But this doesn’t justify the treatment that West received at the hands of the Tallahassee Police Department.  This photo is gruesome, and rightfully so.  It is not the police’s job to punish people when they commit crimes.  Our system reserves that task for juries.  Christina West did not “deserve” these injuries simply for breaking the law.  Nor did she deserve it for resisting the officer’s commands, anymore than Robert Ethan Saylor deserved to be dragged out of a Maryland theater for resisting security guards, leading to his death by asphyxiation.  Whether a person is mentally ill or under the influence, law enforcement officials should not simply rely on force escalation to get compliance from people who are not lucid when they’re already handcuffed and not posing a direct threat to anyone.  

What this story is really about is the price of being accused of a crime.  How much sympathy must a person forfeit for making a mistake?  Yes, the police were right to arrest her.  Yes, she was engaged in risky behavior.  But none of this means they had to slam this tiny woman onto the asphalt face first while she was handcuffed.  She made a mistake and she’ll pay for it.  But it is not the police’s job to decide what she deserves.  And she certainly didn’t deserve to look like this.

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