According to police they were responding to a report of child abuse. Police say when they approached Jeffery Bane, 39, that he appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. They claim that Bane began to fight police officers, kicking one and trying to spit on others.
This is why, police say, they were forced to pepper spray, beat and kneel on Bane as he choked on his own blood pleading for help.
Bane was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and battery on an officer.
If you were to read only the report, you would think that police took down a vicious criminal that day.
However, according to Bane and his family, it was the police who did the attacking.
According to Bane’s nephew, Josh Bane, he was walking to the park with his children when police approached and attacked him.
As my uncle and his two children headed towards the store before heading to the park together they crossed an intersection to the other side when the stroller became hung up on the curb. As the light changed, to keep his children out of harms way he hurriedly put his two year old on the curb, told her to stay put and pulled the stroller up on the curb.
In this moment someone mistook my uncles actions to keep his kids safe as child abuse. The police were then called and approached him down the street and began to question him. Assuming because of his appearance he was high on narcotics with out reason they began to sub due him, macing and beating him in the head as he fell to his face were he was then held with a great amount of force by two officers double his size as a third one landed on his torso.
For the the next ten minutes as my cousins watch unattended, my uncle pleads and cries out in pain for the lack of breath and agony being applied to him.
Unknown to the police my uncle suffers from Huntington’s disease. For those unfamiliar it is very similar to Parkinson’s. So as he lay there uncontrollably moving due to his terminal condition, he is forcefully detained to the point of screaming for help. He is spitting blood and drowning in it and the officer holding his head only applies more pressure and instructs him to “quit spitting”.
Huntington’s disease causes ” jerky, random, and uncontrollable movements called chorea. Chorea may be initially exhibited as general restlessness, small unintentionally initiated or uncompleted motions, lack of coordination, or slowed saccadic eye movements.”
The appearance of narcotics influence was simply a manifestation of Bane’s disease. What the police referred to as “resisting” is nothing more than uncontrollable and sporadic movements caused by the Huntington’s.
We asked the family how Bane is holding up and apparently he’s not doing so good. We were informed that his Huntington’s has only gotten worse due to the stress and injuries and his wife fears that this might have pushed him over the edge. Out of fear he may never leave his house again.
The Bane’s have since hired an attorney.