Audra Harmon, 38, has sued the Onondaga County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Department in yet another abusive use of a taser without provocation. In this video, the officer yanks Harmon out of the car in order to taser her. What is fascinating is that the officer, Deputy Sean Andrews, could have cuffed her but repeatedly positions her to be tasered.
Harmon is a school bus driver with 11 years experience and contested the officer’s claim of a traffic violation. Her 15-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter watched the horrible scene unfold despite her pleas to the officer that he should not do this in front of her children. Andrews is so busy tasering and arresting the mother that he leaves the children unattended in the van for forty minutes. He then filed an array of abusive charges against her.
He also charged her with going 50 in a 45 mph zone. That’s right, five miles over the speed limit for a few seconds after making a turn. She was also charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The proliferation of charges is common in these abuse cases (here). All charges were later dismissed. Based simply on the abusive charges, this officer should be removed from the force.
She has wisely sued for the violation of her Fourth and 14th Amendment rights as well as an array of torts claims, including intentionally inflicting emotional distress, false arrest, assault and battery and malicious prosecution.
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