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TAZED: Police In California Caught On Video Brutalizing Cooperative Couple In Their Home

May 16, 2013 by  

TAZED: Police In California Caught On Video Brutalizing Cooperative Couple In Their Home

When was the last time you heard a story about police who’d gone to the trouble of ganging up at someone’s front door simply walking away when their suspicions turned out to be unfounded?

Don’t add the story of this California couple to your short list.

Far, far better informed about the Constitutional relationship of the citizen to the state than most victims of police violence, these homeowners knew their rights, and they said so.

That makes what ensued all the more outrageous, because it’s obvious from the video that the cops’ knowledgeable quarry, who recited portions of the 4th Amendment, had the goon squad very frustrated.

On May 10, cops in Cotati, Calif., received a domestic violence call — an alleged complaint that evidently didn’t come from either of the people inside the home — and converged on the residence. There were four of them.

There was a child playing happily in the front yard. The homeowners informed police their other child was with them in the home.

The cops knocked on the door and announced they were there because they’d gotten a domestic violence call. The husband and wife both reply, without opening the door, that there hadn’t been any violence at all — simply an argument “with yelling.” That assertion would jibe with the circumstances: There was the happy child out front, who didn’t appear traumatized by whatever had recently transpired.

As the police persisted in their demand to be allowed access, the homeowners became alarmed and began recording everything, at first while speaking to police through the window, then later at much closer range. The homeowner reiterates that there hadn’t been any domestic violence, that there had simply been an argument.



On the video, what appears to be the alpha cop tells the family, still from outside the home, that they’re coming in if someone doesn’t open the door.

Another cop asks the couple why they won’t come out.

“Because we don’t live in a police state, sir — martial law has not been established in this country,” came the reply.

Agitated cops typically don’t walk away from someone’s front door once their blood is hot — whether they have a right to be there or not — without extracting a cathartic pound of flesh. What cop can be expected to abide a citizen who stands his legal ground, to perceive a citizen’s conscientious and well-informed acquittal of his own rights as anything but mockery and sass?

Not these ones.

Despite the fact that the police had no warrant and had no probable cause to enter, the police ordered the couple to go ahead and get down on the ground and put their hands in the “cuff me” position behind them, because “we’re gonna kick in the door.”

And that’s what they did. The couple hadn’t gotten on the ground and they didn’t have their hands behind their backs; nor did they offer any physical resistance — even though their home had just been illegally invaded by armed strangers hiding behind dark sunglasses and a badge. The cops used a Tazer on the wife first, then used a Tazer on the husband.

That’s when the video gets shaky, before ending abruptly.

Cotati Police Chief Michael Parish said a criminal investigation is ongoing, though he didn’t say whether his own thugs were the subjects of the investigation. He also said there would be an “administrative review” of the cops’ adherence to policy and procedure.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Don miller

    I would sue each individual cop and then sue the police department the mayor,the city manager,all involved and their superiors for the fact that their officers weren’t trained well enough to even know the law that they were trying to enforce so many times that happens today that the police out there trying to enforce laws that they themselves don’t even know and a lot of them make it up as they go why don’t they just give all the thugs out there badges and you’ll have police officers

  • http://n/a vivian shannon

    What the hell! People need to start at the top. Impeach Obama. The trickle down effect is always right after. Police, remember we have families like you. Bullying will get u no where. I never let a bully intimidate me so far. Worrisome world we live in.

  • Larry

    With the use of compact video cameras by the law enforcement community in today’s society I am very interested in viewing the officers video from their perspective. Oops, I bet they do not have any. I hope that the inhabitants of the home which was forcibly entered sue the officers, the city and the training facility that trained these officers. It was incursions like this in the 1930′s where firearms should have been used and were not because the citizens had given them up because they were doing what their leaders had told them was the right thing to do. Is history repeating itself again?

  • Brad n TX

    Obama police in a liberal state, would you expect anything less?

  • kszwak

    Get your head out of your ass, it’s not just Obama. Your civil liberties started going away with Bush and the Patriot Act. Obama is just continuing the wrongs perpetrated by Bush. All politicians want your civil liberties, not just the ones you hate with your tunnel vision.

  • LEO

    The Officers receive a call from an unknown party that heard yelling in the house. Are they supposed to just say,”OK,If you say everything is OK that’s enough for us.” NO! They are sworn to investigate! Why not do as the Police requested and come outside to talk? This is part of Police training;however, upon making contact they are met with hostility and the two inside,innocent or not, needed only to step outside and speak with the Officers. Had they done so, the Officers would have likely found no problem or domestic violence and left. Instead, they were met with hostility! What the friggin HELL do you expect you idiots!

  • LEO

    After reading comments I realize this is a Liberal entitlement site. No one here wants to hear from me or logic. This had nothing to do with Obama! I’d love to say it did but it didn’t. Someone called the PD! They are sworn to investigate. Domestic disputes ate the worse because once it’s over, and PD arrives, everyone states nothing happened. Obviously, something did! Police ate people too and like all of us, why SHOULD they trust you that everything is OK until they have investigated! You bunch of ignorant,liberal uneducated self entitled jerks! What if that man had murdered the child inside the house and he and his wife were covering it up? My point is, they don’t know until they investigate. PD did nothing wrong here! Get over it and put yourself in their shoes! Think of OJ, everything is fine right? NO, it wasn’t! Piss off you sheep!

  • LEO

    I would sue I would sue! Of course you would because you actually embrace Anarchy without realizing it. Bunch of stupid jerks! People like this make me realize that this Country will never turn around until YOU take responsibility for your OWN actions!

    • Jason Miller

      You are an idiot

  • LEO

    I don’t want my Constitutinal rights violated either. If this were me, I would have calmly stepped outside my home and spoke to PD. Wow, is that asking for too much? I guess so, if you may really be guilty. Having been on both sides of the law, I personally have never argued with PD. I also, have never and would never need to be tazed because I’m always willing to talk to them. What ate you hiding??? They were just there to investigate what could have been resolved in minutes with some simple conversation. In PD’s place, I would suspect something wrong too! You miserable, misguided self entitled sheep!!!

  • LEO

    I’ve got you on camera and I’m recording this! So are they! How about we listen to the whole conversation and not just the last peice? Idiots!!!

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