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In a somewhat similar move to when the Apple Valley Police Department threatened the use of a taser on a physically restrained citizen, a recent incident at Farmington High School has me wondering what everyone thinks about how a situation involving an unruly student was handled by the police officer stationed at the high school.
According to the Dakota County Criminal Complaint (TXT, PDF), an 18 year old (12 days after her 18th birthday) allegedly caused a knee injury to the Farmington High School liaison officer while she was attempting to squirm her way out of his grip.
From the complaint:
When told that there were allegations she had assaulted another female student, the defendant immediately went from rational to completely out of control and screamed, “That other bi _ _h had said she was going to kill me and I ain’t going to let that happen from anyone!” The defendant continued to escalate both verbally and physically, grabbed her purse and fled from L.M.’s office while screaming, “This is f _ _king bullshit and I don’t have to take it”. Officer Dau then followed the defendant Daun the hallway and attempted to grab her arm before she got into the main population of students. As Officer Dau grabbed the defendant’s right arm, she screamed, “You better f _ _king let go of me.” The defendant’s conduct and loudness caused several students to leave their seats and see what was happening. The defendant jerked away from Officer Dau and sprinted Daun the hall near the southwest corner of the commons room at which time she turned around and yelled, “Don’t f _ _king touch me.” Officer Dau then advised that she was under arrest and that she needed to come with him. Officer Dau then took her right arm and placed it in a partial “gooseneck” restraint to get the defendant to comply. The defendant continuously struggled with and screamed at Officer Dau.
After using a restraint which is used to inflict pain to cause compliance, the accused “shoved” the officer and ran towards the woman that supposedly threatened her earlier. While running away, the officer again grabbed the girl’s arm and fell when she twisted free. The accused was finally subdued after she was threatened with the possible fatal use of a taser.
Later, after the officer reported swelling in his knee, he had the injured area checked via X-ray which indicated no fractures but the swelling continued to the point where a felony was filed against the student for obstructing the legal process while causing “substantial bodily harm”.
Does this Farmington High School senior deserve a felony for the officer’s injury that occurred while she was attempting to break free from the pain inflicted by his restraint technique? Go ahead and share your opinion on this topic as I’m interested in knowing what you think!