Tallahassee Police Brutality: Slam Woman's Face Into Pavement During Arrest


I am appalled, disgusted, and outraged with the arrogance, corruption, and nonchalant attitude that is running so rampant across our nation by so called "police officers." While the police are paid by citizens to protect us and keep the peace, more and more "officers" have become the abusive criminals we pay them to protect us from.

Politicians, Judges, and Police Departments all across the nation are involved with covering up "criminal actions" of "police officers." They cover up in many different ways. Whether by being complicit with criminal actions of officers by not filing criminal charges, or by simply dropping charges against the "victim" hoping that these violations of human rights will disappear into the night never to see the light of day. Sometimes "officials" will place criminal officers on paid leave during an investigation to calm down the public "which amounts to paid vacation" for the out of control criminals with a badge. Paid leave "vacation" rewards "officers" for their criminal behavior instead of punishing them for their crimes and putting them in jail where they belong.

Citizens that are being abused have their lives turned upside down. They have to deal not only with enduring the pain from physical abuse but the emotional trauma as well. Their mind has to process and try to understand why a person whom is supposed to "protect" them and keep them safe has now become their attacker. They deal with the emotion of betrayal in the most intimate way. While these criminals hide behind a "tin badge", are getting paid leave, and not thinking twice about their criminal actions against those whom pay their salary. On August 10, 2013 44 year old Christina West was one such victim of the Tallahassee Florida Police Department.

According to Police State USA

TALLAHASSEE — Shocking video evidence shows how Tallahassee police officers used an unprovoked act of violence against a woman they were arresting for driving under the influence. In front of their own dashboard camera, without any legitimate provocation, two officers drilled a woman face-first into the road, then knelt on her head, causing startling physical trauma.

In the early hours of August 10, Tallahassee police arrived at the scene of an alcohol-related accident. The suspect, 44-year-old Christina West, was put through field-sobriety testing and determined to be intoxicated.

During the arrest, the inebriated woman flailed her arm as the officer attempted to handcuff her.

“DON’T YOU F***ING TOUCH ME,” Officer Chris Ormerod roared.

The officers are then seen forcefully slamming the 5′-6″, 130 pound woman face-first to the hard ground, followed by a giving her a gratuitous knee to the back of her head, exacerbating her facial trauma.

She can be heard screaming in pain as she is being pressed into the road by two male assailants. Officer Ormerod continued to press her face into the ground with his arm.

West was arrested on a charge of DUI and several counts of battery on a law-enforcement officer, according to Tallahassee.com.

Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs said he was shocked by brutality of the officers, and will not prosecute West for battery on a police officer.

“I am extremely upset,” he said in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. “It is very disturbing. This is a very disturbing situation to me, and I’m dealing with it.”

“The video was taken from the police car and shows the road side sobriety test as well as the arrest of the subject,” City Commissioner Scott Maddox wrote to city officials. “It also shows DISTURBING use of force against a completely non aggressive arrestee. It is my belief that the city of Tallahassee will soon face a liability lawsuit based on the content of the video.”

After being hospitalized, West was determined to have suffered a broken orbital bone, a swollen eye, bloody nose and cuts to her arms and legs.

Arresting Officer Chris Ormerod excluded details from his written statement, according to Tallahassee.com. Ormerod wrote that West was “placed on the ground” after resisting being put in handcuffs. He omitted the part where she was bent over his vehicle and then body-slammed to the road, followed by a crushing knee to the head.

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones has opened an investigation. No comment on the future employment of the officers.

Do you know how much force it takes to break an orbital bone? According to MD Guidelines it takes a lot of force to even cause a fracture. Christina West's orbital bone is reported broken, which only solidifies the fact that they used brute force when they slammed her into the pavement.

The video of the incident can be seen here provided by Tallahassee.com. One of the most disturbing things about these officers criminal abuse is the way they carried out their actions in a cold, calculated way, while other citizens just walked by as if everything was normal, and there was nothing wrong with the police's criminal actions. While Mrs. West screamed out in pain, people walked by as if there was nothing to see. This shows that Americans have become desensitized to police abuse and it has become normal to them. That my friends is a terrifying reality indeed.

Mrs. West was clearly cooperative, and polite with these "officers" and did not get agitated until they started physically abusing her. At the end of the video you will also be able to hear these "officers" trying to get their story straight "making up lies" for their report.

While there is no excuse for drunk driving, there is also NO excuse for police brutality and officers should be held to a higher standard than the average citizen. These officers as of the time of this article are still employed, working for the Tallahassee Florida Police Department, and NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED.

If we as a nation do not unify and hold ALL these criminals that hide behind their badges accountable, then it becomes an acceptable practice for "police officers" to abuse the citizens they are supposed to protect. Illegal actions of "officers" has become more and more accepted by our politicians, police forces, and judicial system on a daily basis. If we refuse to speak out against these horrible criminal actions, we should not expect anyone to speak out for us when the tables are turned.

This could be your wife, your daughter, your mother, your neighbor, or you! Help to speak out against this injustice and DEMAND, criminal charges be filed against each police officer involved. Including those that stood around and did nothing to stop this abuse. They can be charged under the "guilty by association law" because their silence spoke loud and clear that they were complicit with the other officers in these criminal actions. They ALL must be held accountable.

Contact Information Below:

Tallahassee Police Department
Chief Dennis Jones
Phone: (850) 891-4200
TPD Facebook page.

Tallahassee commissioners Contact Website.

M'Lisa Ingram
Administrative Assistant to Mayor Marks
City of Tallahassee, Florida
300 S. Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL. 32301
850-891-8179

Florida Office of the Attorney General
Pam Bondi
Office of Attorney General
State of Florida
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Email

Telephone Numbers:

Switchboard: 850-414-3300
Citizens Services: 850-414-3990
Human Resources ADA Coordinator: 850-414-3900
Florida Relay/TDD: 800-955-8771
Florida Toll Free: 1-866-966-7226

Update:
Allie Merzer Fleming: Aide to Commissioner Scott Maddox responds to an email from a concerned citizen, whom forwarded their response to me.

Response from Aide to Commissioner Scott Maddox

I would like to say I am very pleased with the City Commissioner's response and hope that criminal charges will follow.

Thank you to the Tallahassee City Commissioner's office for their professional attitude, listening and responding to complaints by concerned citizens, as well as taking a stand against police brutality.

A special thank you goes out to every patriot that has taken it upon themselves to speak out against the horrible actions of police brutality. Concerned citizens from all across the United States continue to show "United" we can and will make a difference. We will no longer accept nor tolerate corruption. We will hold those in "official" positions accountable for their actions. When this type of abuse happens to one of us, it happens to us all.

More updates to follow.

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About Lorri Anderson
Mother of four wonderful children and grandmother of four. Poet/writer/investigative reporter/singer/dancer/model/business owner/non-profit business owner etc... Started D.P.A.A.W.L. INC, a non-profit animal rescue in the state of Kentucky that worked closely with animal control, law enforcement, as well as the Lewis County S.P.C.A. in which I was elected to Chairman of the Board . Volunteered and worked with: Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Senior Citizens Social Services of Pike County, Community Action Committee of Pike County, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Food Pantries, Children's Services in both Ohio and Kentucky, Lewis County S.P.C.A., Lewis County Humane Society, as well as many other organizations. I believe strongly in our Second Amendment right to "BEAR ARMS". I am a licensed CCW carrier and proud of it.
  • Arrbuc

    If any citizen had said one word to the officers they would have had the same thing happen to them and then been changed with obstruction. It happened to a friend of mine in Boring Oregon.

  • Tony Donaldson

    These clowns hung themselves. Video doesn't lie. You can make up any report you want and sugar coat it. The video tells the story. I still think most cops are professional and courteous. You do get the ones who are emotionally unstable and more than a little heavy handed. They should have to turn their guns and badges in. This looks like one of those cases. Pay him and get rid of him. Make him fully responsible for her medical bills and file a civil suit against him. Clean out his bank account. That's the only thing these hotheads understand. He has no place in law enforcement. He will keep doing it. Or get killed while trying.

  • Tallymom

    Too bad your article doesn't mention the three foreign exchange students she drove drunk, at excessive speeds, and went airborne, into a house! Is it possible her injuries are due to that?

    • Modres

      So you think getting slammed into the pavement like she was, with one officer first pushing her face into the same pavement and then placing a knee on her neck would not cause injuries to her face?

  • ObayJuan

    You can clearly see that the woman was handcuffed at .51 in the video, so why then was there a problem 8:00 minutes later? There are good cops and bad cops, I've personally known both types, these are bad cops. If they don't get the proper reprimand, and change their ways, they will eventually get shot down like all other vermin. Such is life, so by not fixing the problem, you condemn a lot of people to pain and death.

  • Bob Howell

    They are some sorry sons of bitches. They should be fired and jailed for their criminal actions. There was no need to treat that woman with such force.