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VIDEO: Cops Throw Handcuffed Legless Woman to the Ground, Watch Her as She Cries for Help

Miami, FL — Miami-Dade Police are under fire tonight after a pair of their finest handcuffed a panhandler, who was also a double-amputee, and then dropped her to the ground, leaving the woman there crying out for help, after being arrested for trespassing. Of course, there are two sides to every story.

In an attempt to evaluate the scene from multiple perspectives, one could say the police were just doing their jobs. After all, the woman was reportedly belligerent and trespassing. And in all fairness to the police, she may have thrown herself to the ground because she knew the incident was being recorded and possibly wanted to make a few dollars in a lawsuit against the city.

On the other hand, maybe she was asking patrons at the gas station for money because she was truly in need, and when cops arrived, she immediately became defensive. We won’t know because only the confrontation with officers was what was recorded on a bystander’s cell phone.

Taking the video at face value, without attempting to take sides, one must look objectively at the facts. Fact number one, the officers wanted to handcuff her. Fact number two, the two beat cops put the elderly woman in handcuffs. Fact number three, they decided they should let go of her, at which time she dropped to the pavement because she had no legs upon which to support herself. Fact number four, the police stood idly by as the woman pleaded for help. Fact number five, the police can be heard asking about an adjacent vehicle, and then proceeded to move the empty wheelchair away from the other car, all the while the woman remains on the ground crying out for help repeatedly saying, “stop hurting me!”

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Mary Luis Brown is the woman with special needs, featured in the video. She’s 52-years-old. She lost her legs, which had to be amputated as a result of her long-running battle with diabetes. She’d been asked to leave the gas station located at Moody Dr. and SW 127th. But, as is often the case with panhandlers, they come back to where they’re successful at receiving charity.

However, something less than charity was what Brown received at the hands of police officers who are increasingly being seen as heartless, disaffected agents of a police state in which the only actors with rights to being treated with dignity are the officers themselves. Anything less than one-hundred-percent compliance often leads to aggressive, brutal, and disrespectful treatment directed at the citizenry. In Brown’s case, having suffered the loss of her limbs, she now has to go through the agonizing humiliation of her image being broadcast worldwide, lying helpless at the feet, and some might say metaphorically, under the boots of the police officer.

According to WSVN TV, the police issued the following statement. They say they’ve, “realized that as an agency we need to provide our law enforcement officers additional resources to aid them in facilitating the transport of disabled individuals, so that situations such as these are handled in a more amicable manner in the future.” The slight admission of responsibility does not change the facts, or provide consolation to the general public the incident will not happen again in the future.

Police departments must do more to ensure that all people, including the citizens with special needs, receive equal and fair treatment under the law. In August, an unarmed deaf man was shot dead by a highway patrol officer in Charlotte, NC, after not being in compliance with the officer’s commands, which he could not hear. The man drove home, where he was shot on the street where he lived. It has been said he was seeking someone who could sign for him to be able to communicate with the officer.

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In San Francisco in August 2015, police used heavy-handed treatment of a one-legged-homeless-man, all the while the general public cried out for more humane treatment of the individual. But once again, cries going out for the sake of humanity were met with stone-cold wall of blue police silence. “You’re protecting and serving the community, having this man half-naked? You don’t protect and serve this community if that’s policing to you…You’re doing your job all wrong,” one woman told police adding, “This is poor policing.”

The phenomenon is not limited to instances in the United States. In France, as The Free Thought Project reported in May, a triple-amputee was treated brutally by police, had his prosthetic limbs forcefully removed, and was left helpless on the ground of a railway station, after being accused of stealing a cell phone. Of course, while the police felt they had the right to remove his prosthetics, they offered no help in reattaching them.

It’s time for police to return to being reasonable, and amicable, especially when dealing with individuals with special needs. There are other, less than lethal ways of dealing with threats. At the time of the writing of this article, yet another police shooting has taken place in a Reno Nevada. A 16-year-old special needs student, armed with two knives on his high school campus, was shot by the campus police officer, in clear view of dozens of his classmates. His prognosis is unclear.

  • Heather Soper

    The police are morons, what the hell do they think they’re doing, the woman is not only in a wheelchair she has no legs. WTF is wrong with them? This just wouldn’t happen here in the UK. They should have their badges stripped from them and be accountable for this deplorable and inhumane act of violence.

    • TheRealSocialmedic

      Interesting. I heard austerity measures made a lot of disabled people homeless and hungry in the UK. There seems to be little resistance to global fascism anywhere in the world today. I doubt corporations are lining up to give these people a sustainable living. So beg the must and so long as they beg they will be harassed by the same forces that threw them out on the street in the first place.

      • Heather Soper

        Whilst I am no fan of any police, police here included, you have to go some to match the American cops. I agree our government has treated people wrongly, it’s despicable, I will not stand up and defend the UK just because I live here. The Tories are a despicable bunch, almost as bad as the Republicans/Tea Partiers.

    • Ibcamn

      cops are retarded people with badges….low brow IQ’s to be a cop…they can’t be smart they need to be retarded to comply with crimes and murder against the people of this country…that is why cops[criminals]do what they do to people.

    • Dave Cockayne

      US police have to handcuff people because the US has so many guns in the hands of criminals.
      Watch this video, see how the US cops are being all nice and professional then in a split second out comes a gun and a cop gets shot. US police have to face this reality every day on every shift whereas over here in the UK most of our police will never see a gun during their entire career.

      • Heather Soper

        Whilst I don’t doubt that, on occasion, the police get shot, have you seen the news lately? Cops shooting unarmed black men, it’s been all over the Free Thought Project too. The cops are violent when there is absolutely No need to be, plus they shoot men in the back, they know they won’t get prosecuted so they have carte blanche to do what they like. Cops are racist, violent thugs, not all of them but a great many. They should be stripped of their badges, prosecuted and sent to jail.

      • Heather Soper

        Actually the UK police Do have guns, not routinely but the last time I was in Golders Green road a few weeks ago 2 police were walking towards me with rifles. They told me they were usually in Town, that everything was ok… so why were they there and carrying rifles?
        I never expected them to tell me of course but they were obviously carrying guns for a reason,

      • Heather Soper

        It is not up to the cops to mete out the law, which is why they have courts – however corrupted.

      • edlorens

        Good story. I shared on Facebook. Thanks

  • Geezer Grunt

    The time is coming.

  • edlorens

    Very hard to learn about facts like that. What about just plain, ordinary human kindness besides giving officers better nonviolent response tools.

  • edlorens

    At least …one can not call those policeman racists. Imagine how viral this video would go if theis cops were white!

    • Heather Soper

      No racist? When so many are? Shooting and killing unarmed black men.

      • edlorens

        “Shooting and killing unarmed black men…” What?! Are we talking about the same video?

  • LawrenceNeal

    There’s nothing amicable about interactions with the SA.

  • nick98514

    There is no longer any such thing as a “Good Cop”,… all those cop’s were hounded out of the service years ago!…..these f**king cops today make me vomit, in fact in our society today cop’s treat human beings worse than animals!….”F**k the Police” and anyone who still makes excuses for them.

    • Heather Soper

      Well said, it’s exactly what I think too.

  • Sad!

  • Ibcamn

    she may have harrassed people for change….but the cops did in fact drop her on the ground,that you can see plainly,the cops are calless pricks,they don’t give two shits about your safety,they have said this hundreds of times on video that they are only protecting their own…..which makes one wonder why they are even doing what they do in the first place…why are they here…wonder in deed,if they are only looking to protect themselves,then why be here…most situations can be resolved on their own,but when a cop is need or called by some busy body[which i think they should be held responsible for deaths and dismemberment cases]when a busy body thinks they know what is going on,they should be brought right into the mix,after all,they started it….but this gal,im guessing wanted money or booze,who knows…but the cops handled it all wrong,just like the thugs they are,they don’t think and they have no higher brain function to work with….they just didn’t think,hey no legs here,lets be careful…nope,cops are so stupid they will knowingly drop her then look and go,”now what do we do ralphie boy”,um,”i guess lets talk about it and figure this no legs thing out eh”,”okay,but lets take our time”..that’s what it seems like to me..but cops are just plain criminals anyways so it was most likely because they are corrupt and want to figure out how to blame the old lady.criminals,all cops are

    • Edgar Longenecker

      Two legged cockroaches, are supposedly afraid, for their lives, despite, enough artillery to start a war, and, whine about Citizens, carrying guns… The more idiotic they become, the more, the citizens, will buy, more, guns…. The more violent they become, the more they;ll get an offense, before they can get their handcuffs on, so as to put real people, unable to defend themselves, at, the sadism that got them to become, two legged cockroaches, in the first place….Snidely…. Edgrrr…

      • Ibcamn

        two legged,hahahahahaha….do they still wear the sumbraro and have a mustache?
        oh wait,wrong cock-a-roache’………

  • Mike Millan

    This is how the corporate security surveillance state works. They will arrest her and put her in jail and keep there if she can’t make the $10k bail, get her to cop a plea to some trumped up charge, and make her a felon thus keeping her off the voting rolls in Florida. Welcome to republican scamonomics 101.