A police officer kicked a clearly pregnant woman in the abdomen. The woman filed a complaint. The police department says the offider was in the right.
Here is a case of a bureaucratic reaction that is universal. But, if the days of the Internet, this reaction can backfire.
No charges have been filed against the officer. The woman says that says she was “trying to calm her brother down during police questioning after a police officer used a Taser gun on her sibling. After her brother was shot, Ms. Dozier says she started crying and questioning the officer over his actions. That’s when Wheeler is reported to have gotten violent.”
The officer tired of being questioned, she thinks, and that was when he started kicking her.
Ms. Dozier was just shy of nine months pregnant during the incident. She underwent an emergency c-section procedure two weeks after and gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Levi. Now more than four months after being assaulted by the officer, Dozier is still demanding justice.
According to the County Police Department, the officer was in the right.
He insists that he could not tell that Ms. Dozier was pregnant during the incident. She was in her ninth month.
Regardless, he explains in the official police report that accompanied the incident that he used “a front push kick to the abdomen, as he was taught to do at the academy” because she “approached him aggressively.”
If the Academy teaches this with respect to aggressive females, then the Academy needs outside supervision. The department also needs to hire larger officers.
The police department then went after the woman.
A police report was filed because officers charged Ms. Dozier for obstruction during the altercation. Prosecutors have since dropped the charge.
I have no doubt that the charges were dropped. Can you imagine a jury convicting?
The woman filed a complaint. “At least four supervisors and an internal affairs detective subsequently approved of Wheeler’s actions and agreed that the attack was within the department’s use of force policy.”
WSBTV reports that a police representative declined to comment with them as well regarding how the department was handling the officer.
What has been revealed, however, is more shocking news about the officer’s sordid past, including events from only the last few months. In September, a 53-year old woman said the officer twisted her arm and slammed her into a cop car for seemingly no reason.
In another incident, he responded to a 911 call, went to the wrong address, and then shot a leashed dog that was inside the incorrect home’s garage. “He was exonerated of both crimes.”
Any bureaucracy that does not police itself will wind up in the news. Then there will be calls for outside supervision. There may be penalties assessed by juries.
This is why local voters need to pay attention to local affairs. We can have some effec locally. Above the local level, voters have little leverage unless an incident becomes front page news for days.