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.
She was accused by Andrews of talking on her cellphone — which he then escalates into a tasering and arrest.
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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31 thoughts on “Shock Video: New York Officer Tasers Mother in Front of Children After Minor Traffic Stop”
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Totally freekin outrageous. I share Gregski’s sentiment, what are we a society of wusses?
This was not law enforcement, it was domestic abuse, it was assault and battery, and it was negligent child endangerment. If it was my daughter or wife treated like this, I would have a personal vendetta, there was nothing profesional or ‘just business’ about this.
The guy lost his cool based on words alone. He should suffer for it financially, his freedom and his reputation should follow him wherever he goes.
There should be website set up for asshoals like these, similar to the sexual predator websites, but insane and abusive cops.
This piece of crap Officer needs his as8 kicked byher husband or BF.
Had this been my wife or significant other…..this no business being born “punk cop” would see the break of day ever again.
Next time Mr. New York punk cop, pick on someone your own size. Seems you had to taser a woman half your size.
Come to Texas and find out what happens to puck cops like you.
Tasers need to be deployed with a standard of ‘an alternative to deadly force,’ not as a convenience for officers.
I’ve been interested in your comments regarding the ptsd and other psychological effects – earlier this summer there was an incident in my small city where a cop shot and killed an 11-yr. old miniature dachshund because the barking dog “terrified” him. All the local fallout aside, one person commented on a website that it reminded her of a family member’s ptsd. This cop had been a soldier in Iraq just prior to being hired, which definitely makes one wonder about his mental health.
In-Depth discussion regarding Tasers
I think that if Law Enforcement were to accept that there is “possibly a problem”, they would find most citizens very sympathetic and engaged in trying to understand what can or should be done.
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