Los Angeles, CA — Video of a 76-year-old woman being forcefully pulled from her seat and arrested by thuggish deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is rightly infuriating the nation.
Cell phone video, recorded by a quick-thinking friend of the septuagenarian, shows the unnecessarily brutal incident — which only happened because the slight, elderly woman happened to be sitting in the wrong section inside Union Station.
Worse, Tina, the friend, told CBS News, Los Angeles, the woman could not possibly have stood up from her seat to cooperate with authorities without the assistance of her cane — which the feckless deputies refused to hand her.
“Stop!” the elderly woman winces as she desperately pleads with officers on video. “You are hurting me!”
Deputies can be seen yanking the frail woman — whom Tina described as “95 pounds, soaking wet” — from a seat in an area reserved for train passengers who have purchased tickets. Although she did not have a ticket, Tina said her friend frequently sits in that section — and has not previously encountered such trouble for doing so.
As the situation intensifies, the 76-year-old can be heard asking for the cane.
“I will give you your cane once you stand up,” one of the cops says.
Unable physically to comply, the woman retorts,
“No. Give me my cane so I can stand up.”
Repeatedly, she tells the authoritarian agents of the State they’re hurting her — but neither listens — and they persist, until handcuffs can be locked around her wrists.
But their loathsome behavior didn’t end there.
When the woman literally could not stand as ordered by these gun-and-badge-toting brutes, one deputy proceeded to shove her head down — perhaps in an attempt to force cooperation she could not provide.
“Stop!” she demands, discernibly distressed. “STOP!!”
At that point, Tina says she could hear her friend’s head smash into the chair’s hard, wooden armrest.
She screams in pain.
Tina, who did not wish to publicize her last name, explained, as CBS Los Angeles paraphrased, ‘She has a card from a Metro officer, which she thought allowed her to sit in the space. So, when sheriff’s deputies told her to leave, she refused and was subsequently arrested.’
For sitting in the ‘wrong’ spot — in a train station section obviously not lacking in seats for ticketed customers.
No ounce of care was proffered the elderly woman — and that the deputies refused to honor her request to use the cane is not only brazenly disrespectful, it could violate legal protections for people with disabilities.
“It did not need to escalate to that point,” Tina told the station. “It was past excessive in my opinion. She, I’m sure, weighs no more than 95 pounds wet. I was really shocked and traumatized witnessing this.”
But idiocy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continues beyond nearly breaking the woman’s neck or fracturing her skull.
Since released from jail, the septuagenarian still faces potential charges of obstructing an officer — an officer who refused to allow her to use the cane to stand. That factor could have found the woman in compliance with her tormentors’ commands and, instead, simply left a bad taste in her mouth over unnecessary rudeness and roughness — but, without the additional brutalization she experienced when her head slammed into the armrest.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s department told CBS they have yet to watch the video, but will use it to assist in a now-ongoing review to determine whether force was excessive.
While the video taken inside Union Station under dim lighting makes it difficult to ascertain precisely which deputies did what to the elderly woman, when, her repeated wincing and pleas for them to cease obviate strong-arm treatment.
Let the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department review the violent incident at their leisure for as long as they see fit — the rest of the planet can clearly see vicious maltreatment of an elderly woman who simply sat down in the wrong spot.
Authoritarianism in this Police State spares no one — and apparently manifests as the long arms of absurd laws in the physical bullying an old lady — who only sought a comfortable place to rest her 76-year-old bones.