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Video: Ohio Police Taser And Dislocate Elbow Of Diabetic Man

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Ohio police pull over diabetic John Harmon

Ohio police pull over diabetic John Harmon

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It’s hard to imagine that cases of extreme police brutality are still being reported, but one motorist in Ohio found out the hard way. John Harmon, a 52-year old diabetes sufferer, was on his way home from work when a low blood-sugar level caused him to veer out of traffic suddenly.

This picked up the attention of a nearby Ohio sheriff deputy who approached Harmon’s car with his gun drawn. He allegedly proceeded to scream at Harmon before smashing his car’s window and dragging him out of his seat.

Not only was Harmon’s elbow dislocated in the altercation but he reportedly had his head kicked in and was shocked by an electric taser no less than seven times. Although we can’t see the alleged battering occur, we can certainly hear Harmon’s anguished screams. Understandably, Harmon is now suing the office of the sheriff deputy involved.

[Cincinnati.com via Autoblog]
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  1. I thought this was a automotive news site! It's not right to assume things. If the driver appeared to be drunk and did not pull over when first signaled to do so,and didn't follow verbal instructions, what should the officer do?, walk up to the vehicle and ask the driver to kindly step out of the car! Give me a break!!! Thats just my opinion.
     
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  2. As a diabetic myself it is incredibly harrowing to see an officer of the law misread a situation to this degree.
    When going into anaphylactic shock you get real dizzy, and act drunk - however you DONT smell of alcohol.
    Dave I understand your point but once the officer has got hold of the driver the rest is totally unnecessary and he should rightfully be done for it. Hefty payout to come.
     
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  3. @Dave.. Are you serious? What if the driver was having a heart attack? Do you expect him to just sit their patiently with his license in his hands?
    What should the officer have done? How about not smashing the window and dragging a helpless man from his seat and then repeatedly beating him while he's screaming.
    I'm just thankful the man didn't die here. At least the officer here acted in a split second. You Dave actually had time to think out your response, which doesn't say much about your intelligence at all.
     
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  4. The Ohio State Patrol are pretty solid in Ohio they even handle Prison riots and give local cops tickets if need be. This was a local cop? Figures! Driving in Ohio can be fatal I guess!
     
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  5. In related news, Ohio Sheriffs department cleared these officers of any wrong doing.
     
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  6. DOES NOT SUPRISE ME ONE BIT,HERE IN CLEVELAND A WOMAN WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK CAN DAMNED NEAR BE RAN OVER BY DETECTIVES/POLICE OFFICERS,AND ARRESTED OR FINED FOR BEING A PROSTITUTE WITH OUT ANY CAUSE JUST PLAIN WALING DOWN THE STREET.HOWEVER IF THEY GET 911 CALL THAT THEY ARE BEING ROBBED ETC. YOU WILL MAYBE GET A RESPONSE IN 2-3 HORS .NOT STRECTHING THE TRUTH IN THE LEAST IN THESE COMMENTS. I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE EXTREMLY BAD CRIMINALS BUT THOSE WILL NOT BE PURSUED BECAUSE THE POLICE ARE FEARFULL OF REAL CRIMINALS MOST OF THEM ARE ANYWAY.I'M SURE SOME ARE DECENT MEN AND WOMEN,AND YES I BEEN IN CLEVELAND OHIO 20 YEARS NOW, I KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
     
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  7. If the camera in the 2nd car was working, why is there no video from the camera in the 1st card - that had a clear view of the activity?
    That seems a bit too much of a coincidence.
     
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  8. If the camera in the 2nd car was working, why is there no video from the camera in the 1st card - that had a clear view of the activity?
    That seems a bit too much of a coincidence.
     
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  9. Letter to the editor. in this sentence " Although we can’t see the alleged battering occur, we can certainly here Harmon’s anguished screams." you spelled here wrong, it should be hear.
     
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  10. Wow, nice comments to begin your article. This site is supposed to be about cars, yet it reads like Huffington Post. How about waiting to see what is the whole truth. Police officers have to approach people in cars at risk to their lives. They cannot "assume" a medical issue when someone is not responsive to their commands. And yes, diabetics can fight and be very hard to help or control, and it looks just like a drunk fighting.
     
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  11. By Dave
    what should the officer do?, walk up to the vehicle and ask the driver to kindly step out of the car!
    That's EXACTLY what happens in Australia. American cops are WAY to heavy handed when dealing with the public. I was behind someone in a random RBT, the guy ahead of me was plastered. The cop calmly opened the door and asked him to get out of the car.
     
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  12. To take an unbiased view, be the man diabetic or not, 'having a hypo' should be a worse offense than driving drunk. It was the man's responsibility to check his blood sugar levels, and his responsibility not to set foot in the car in the first place. I don't know the series of events that led him to being taken out of the car, but when the officer sees a suspected drunk driving, he's well within his rights to deal with the person whichever way is appropriate. nothing can or will come of this
     
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  13. Regardless of drunk or not, this is no way for PUBLIC SERVANTS to behave.
    Police DO need to be kind and courteous when dealing with the public as they are still SERVANTS to the PUBLIC.
    Is this now lost on everyone due to the overreaching/more brutal police forces we see now all the time?
    There's too many stupid people nowadays who need to wake up to the abuse before it's too late for all of us and we have to submit to abusive cops for minor offenses.
    Also note this cop deemed a free man guilty of a crime before being proved guilty of one, that is not only immoral, it's illegal.
     
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  14. Lets face the facts. The officer did not conduct himself in an ethical manner. No one should be pulled out of their car at a traffic stop. Whats wrong with this picture is the conduct of the officer.
     
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  15. Having been an insulin dependant diabetic for over 25 years, I can only hope that karma will find this police officer and turn him and perhaps his whole family into diabetics. Perhaps experiencing insulin shock and the disorientation that this brings on might be a great lesson to them for the rest of their lives. Living with and managing diabetes is more than a full time job. My sentiments and prayers go out to Mr Harmon. Perhaps a lawsuit or removal from the force would be too good for this officer. I will hope and pray that Karma comes to hunt him and his family down. Perhaps another cop beating his son or daughter to death while they are in insulin shock would be a far better lesson. I shall keep hoping !
     
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  16. Further to my above comment.... given the latest statistics and current obesity rates in The United States, it has been said that 1 in 3 people in the US stand a great chance of becoming diabetics, 1 in 2 people in poorer communities, I suspect that the police might want to start getting their "crap" together with regards to dealing with these sorts of problems and severely discipling officers who abuse their power and authority.
     
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  17. It is convenient that the first police car video is not working?
     
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  18. If you think that is bad, please look up MARTIN LEE ANDERSON. He was murdered by a few sherrif's deputies in Bay County, Fl (Panama City) on their own video tape. The trial was held in Panama City (instead of somewhere that the jurors could not be intimidated into finding them NOT GUILTY). They got off and later the feds said they had "...NOT VIOLATED MARTIN LEE ANDERSON'S CIVIL RIGHTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you like them apples! When Tru Tv has filmed here and the Bay Co. Sherrif's deputies have gotten out of control (as they do more often than not) they seized the video! I could go on and on but this place has taught me why it is called the CRIMINAL justice system, because it is truly CRIMINAL!
     
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