Lawsuit: Architect In Diabetic Shock Beaten By Multiple Officers, Pepper Sprayed, and Repeatedly Tasered Before Dying

A disturbing lawsuit has been filed against the Baltimore County Police Department by Linda Johnson over the death of her husband, Architect Carl D. Johnson on May 27, 2010. Johnson was pepper sprayed, tasered, and beaten before his death on the way home from Bible study class.

Linda Johnson is suing the Maryland State Police, Baltimore County Police, individual commanders and six officers. Her lawsuit claims that her husband suffered a diabetic attack after calling a friend and crashing on I-795. First to the scene was State Trooper Davon Parker who pepper sprayed Johnson after he lowered his window of his car, which had crashed into the median. When Johnson got out of the car, Parker clubbed him on the knee and then allegedly another officer (Loss) clubbed him. When Baltimore County Police Officer Nicholas Wolferman arrived, he also allegedly beat Johnson. Three more officers arrived and one, Baltimore County Officer Andrew O’Neill tasered Johnson twice. Officer Loss then allegedly punched him in the face. Eight more officers then arrived — leaving one wondering if there were any officers left at headquarters. The complaint states that “there were approximately 52 individuals that responded to the scene.”

We have been following cases involving the use of tasers and excessive force by police. However, Baltimore has been cited as a standout jurisdiction in the use of tasers — leading to calls for investigation.

Johnson was only 48 and lives behind his wife of 27 years. Their son, Darren Johnson, predeceased his parents and Linda has now lost her husband.

Source: Courthouse

129 thoughts on “Lawsuit: Architect In Diabetic Shock Beaten By Multiple Officers, Pepper Sprayed, and Repeatedly Tasered Before Dying

  1. One more tragic example of the “us v. them” mentality infecting too many law enforcement agencies.

  2. Oh, don’t worry… That area is in the middle of several precincts… They probably had people back at HQ at each of them, and just kept calling more from each one.

  3. It is also possible that Mr. Johnson violently attacked the officer responding to the scene, smashed his head on the ground repeatedly, delivered MMA punches, told him, “You’re gonna die tonight” and thus provoked his own death. Do we know what he was wearing?

  4. What the hell?

    Why would they have any reason to lay a single finger on Johnson?

    This makes me sick to my stomach.

    These punk officers should go to jail, general population with a sign on their backs saying “former police officer, in for police brutality & homocide”

    See how they like getting the crap beat out of them by a crowd of goons.


    (seriously, I want to know what happens to these cops who kill innocent people)

    Is George Zimmerman their ideal candidate for police training these days?

    Good god, none of us are safe from the police now.
    Has the training changed? The qualifications?
    Do they have to take psychological testing to weed out the degenerates or are they purposefully looking for the deprived mind?

    And now they have all the weapons of a modern military.

  6. Whether it is Mr Panetta telling the world that the US will continue the drone strikes or the police mercilessly beating ang killing an unarmed man, this conduct grows from the same seed–we do it because we can. Every time nothing happens to show that this behavior is wrong the next action becomes more heinous more destructive. These police officers think and in most cases they are right that they will not be punished for this behavior. Mr Panetta thinks he won’t have to answer for the drones either after all Cheney has never even had to answer any questions under oath on his conduct. Accountability is only for the small people and the weak.

  7. I used to screen police candidtaes. Law enforcement agencies have limited windows and funding for new recruits and these often don’t coincide with having a decent pool. Unfortunately, law enforcement takes care of its own. I hope she is awarded enough to retire.

  8. Yet another disgusting, no longer shocking, piece about horrendous police abuse. These stories keep reaching the public, yet they keep happening. Why can’t we the people hold these thugs responsible?

  9. Malisha, yea, this was a secret Christian gang member who was stashing his tools of real criminal activity at the church.
    He might have had a trace of THC in his bloodstream too.

  10. I frankly don’t think things have changed much over the years but perhaps in the past, this death would have been put down as “Driver resisted arrest” and there would have been no investigation into what happened. Probably even NOW most of the incidents of this kind go that route. We probably only hear about the exceptions to the rule that “nobody tells.” Naturally, bad behavior, including murder, increases when other bad behavior is rewarded by escaping punishment. We have the kind of society that is as likely to punish victims as perps, and most of it is never revealed as such.

  11. Shano, it’s only because of the terrible media that we heard about this thug whom the police had to kill.

    Has a special prosecutor been appointed?

  12. I’m very sorry to hear this story. I have my own horror story (which I will not share) of my son-in-law, a former NYPD. I pray for the NYPD. I hope this kind of behavior stops. I think some of it has to do with drug dealers get away with murder.

  13. “God Bless Mrs. Johnson and her family and the people of Baltimore.”

    “I pray for you and the officers who are involved.”

    “There are no good reasons to beat a man to death with police aggression”

    “Dear God, forgive all of us for our sins!”

  14. Nothing has changed since Kent State except the weapons that the police use. They added the stun gun (Taser). Police are still hiring former military as police and they all went through the military brain washing that so many can’t undo that makes them over aggressive. Maybe this is a trait that we should test for and eliminate the police applicants that show this aggression.

  15. Why isn’t there a class action lawsuit against taser manufacturers? At the very least the fact tasers are touted as non-lethal force and advertised as such is specious since there are approximately 50 deaths from tasers annually.

  16. Jon,
    Why next thing you will do is outlaw cars, they kill many more—in the hands of drunks, etc. Like they say, it ain’t the gun that kills, it’s the man holding it.

    So let’s outlaw cops carrying weapons, they are not capable to control themselves. Particularly ones from the military who can’t find civilian employment and seek this way out.

    In the aftermath of previous wars vets were non-violent in attitudes. Now it seems the opposite is true. Why?

    And while the Professor is fixing freedom of Vodka choice in Idaho, what has he done about these flagrant cases?
    Or is it Joe Lawyer against the combined police forces involved here.

    I don’t know his record, but it seems reasonable to ask to what use his prestige and capability is being used for.

  17. “It is also possible that Mr. Johnson violently attacked the officer responding to the scene, smashed his head on the ground repeatedly, delivered MMA punches, told him, “You’re gonna die tonight” and thus provoked his own death. Do we know what he was wearing?”


  18. Idealist, I wonder if it’s the environment OUTSIDE THE ACTUAL MILITARY BATTLEFIELDS that is making it more permissible for cops to tazer their “enemies” to death. I see the kids (even ordinary kids, not just wild-eyed violent juvenile delinquents or dope-heads) playing video games while cheerfully speaking with their buddies on the phone: “It irritates me when you kill me!” “I got you!” stuff like that (even stuff Zimmerman reported hearing from Martin, come to think of it, like “you got me”).

    These tazers are kinda like the guns they all play with so much in video games. The names of the games are themselves creepy and deathly. The gang element is obvious; the inhuman and non-human merge; the whole thing is very weird and seemingly psychically disturbed.

    You’d have to wonder why a second cop might not MODERATE the behavior or a first cop, why instead it seems to kick up the volume. Why wouldn’t someone arriving fresh on the scene try to control the conflict rather than adding to it? These are all very troubling issues. I’ll tell you one thing: I was surrounded by four cop cars once. They detained me 45 minutes and then said, “You’re good to go” without giving me even a traffic ticket. I had no idea what the stop was about. But they were looking weird and wild-eyed and I was ready for something, not knowing what. And I think they might have mistaken me for someone else (they never even searched the car!) but they were very obviously pumping adrenalin although I was one, and unarmed, and surrounded, and they were all armed and on high alert. I will bet that a wrong move or a wrong-sounding word from me would have made that weird scene end up differently. I am glad never to go back and find out.

  19. I don’t get it either, really. I stayed away from seeking employment in the PD for the simple reason that I know I don’t always have the best control over my temper and aggression, especially once the adrenaline starts flowing. Putting recent combat vets into police uniform is bound to have horrid consequences, and coupled with the blue wall, it’s going to make for more and more horror stories. A good website for this is which is the CATO institute’s tracker for police brutaltiy and misconduct- for those who think that police misconduct is a bug, that website is the main feature.

  20. Mr. Turley…can you advise me on this??

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington(CREW) and National Security Archive(NSA) filed a suit against the EOP for email and records…and the judge ordered a settlement….

    my case against the EOP was for emails and documents during the same time period as CREWS and NSAs suit, but the judge ruled against me….is the judiciary subject to political manipulation…see my suit on FBI wiretapping the Supreme Court… w.voinche v. FBI, 940 F.Supp. 323(DDC 1996)….no this is Amerika….

  21. A taser is a weapon of deatly force. If you “Taze” someone, or however you spell it, you are likely to kill the person, especially if they have any heart condition. To rectify the situation the victim’s family needs to sue the cop for wrongful death and take a deposition of the shooter. Let him pontificate about how a taser is just something wholesome to stop the victim from being unruly or violent or whatever and is not dangerous to that person. Then subpoena the cop’s mom to a depo and with cop there ask someone to tase his mom in front of him. Get the reaction on video. Request a court order to tase the cop on video. Same with the Chief of Police and the entire Police Board. Every kid should have a tazer for self defense and defense of dog and others.
    When the lawsuits start mounting up the damage awards against the cops, their superiors, and the municipalities who hire the cops, then the practice will stop.

  22. This is a real question; not a provocation. What would happen if these officers were prosecuted, convicted, and executed under felony murder (presuming Maryland law has it)?

    Would it dissuade the police from such outrageous behavior? Would it cause more mindless, tribal violence on their part? Would it do nothing?

    The real problem, in my view, stems from the concept of sovereign immunity. Once you have two sets of rules, the present outcome is the only outcome.

    It really is a “color” issue. “Blue” vs. “not-Blue”.

    Eventually the courts usually stall off the showdown by “discovering” some pressure-venting “rights” for the untermenschen.

    If they do not, the police will discover, rather brutally, just how outnumbered they are. The bagpipes will blow. The mouthpiece media will hand-wring.

    These “Law Enforcement Officers” will die in the street, utterly confused, bleating the eternal refrain; “But, I was only following orders…”.

    Yes. We know.

  23. The next American Revolution is coming! Does it really surprise people that the Police department are arming themselves with violent officers they want people who will stand and fight not take off the badge and run! We are waiting to long to start this fire!!! They will over come us at this point.

  24. So the first response to a traffic accident is to pepper spray the driver, knowing shock is a common result of accidents? Then punch, club and taser the accident victim? This is inexcusable brutality upon a man in a state of shock. I hope the lawsuit is successful and these officers pay personally for the man’s death! And some dare call this fascist pigs “heroes” when they die!

  25. And who will pay for the lawsuit? The cops, personally? Of course not. Some sleazy lawyers, including the judge, will work out a deal that puts taxpayers on the hook for the awards, and no penalty, not even a professional penalty, on the cops. Those apes will continue on as usual.

    People – wake up to this – when an officer is beating you, he is violating his oath. At such time, he LEGALLY IN THAT MOMENT, loses the legal protection of his badge.

    THIS IS IMPORTANT!! You may at such time, treat such an officer as you would any civilian beating you up. YOU MAY WOUND AND EVEN KILL HIM in your self-defense!

    And for the sake of all law-abiding citizens, to make this a better world, you should. But as the beaten one, you have motive, so you need help. And we must all help. Stop standing by.

    If we do not identify murderous police, forget about bringing them to justice through “the system” which is now totally corrupt, and exact justice ourselves, they will continue to kill us. When cops make themselves the enemy, treat them as such.

    The people of Baltimore have the complete right and obligation at this point to gather in the thousands, fully armed, maraud into the stations with the murderous officers, and threaten the slaughter of every cop in the house if the killers are not turned over for private judgment.

    Or just go on being slaves.

  26. Typical pig graduates of Jethro Bodine Middle School. Do these thugs have to pass any psych tests before being put on the street? May Mr. Johnson rest in peace through God’s mercy. Although no amount of $$ will return Mrs. ohnson’s dear husband, I hope she gets every penny she is suing for. God be with her.

  27. What an absolute horror it must be to fall victim of Fascist Amerika. The really sad part is how many Americans actually think that the Fascist Amerikan Policed State won’t have any effect on them, as if they are invisible or immune if you will. It is going to eventually find you….the only thing missing from Fascist America are the mass murders… plain sight that is….but give it time, just give it a little time.

    How shocking and nightmarish it has to be for Americans to watch their Statue of Liberty twisting, bending, contorting and convulsing into a DARK EVIL FASCIST QUEEN.

  28. “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience…therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring”

    — Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

  29. These guy are the same types of Trayvon-Martin-type thugs that attacked George Zimmerman except they act under color (blue) of law. When will we finally stand up to these thugs and put them in their places? They are supposed to be our servants not the other way around.

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  31. Maryland totally sucks! We go for our son’s soccer tournaments sometimes and it is the only place where players and families have to stay in mandated hotels, upwards of an hour from the soccer fields. On the way to the games you pass numerous, lower cost and closer places to stay. The hotels are downtown where you have over priced restaurants and not much else to do. Of course, if you’re running late to a game and drive too fast, the photo radar will get you and they mail you a ticket.
    The state is rigged to suck money out of people, which doesn’t surprise me, being that close to DC.
    I’m not surprised that such a place would hire thugs for “police”.
    My heart goes out to the poor woman and I hope she sues the crap out of them (oh oh, more photoradar…..).
    This has nothing to do with the T. Martin case, you idiot!

  32. I am not a proponet of the TASER or of law enforcement violence but being a paramedic for a major city for the last 20 some odd years I have seen with my own eyes what CAN occur with a diabetic, they can become violent especially after hitting their head in an accident. I am NOT saying what those police officers did was right I am saying that we need to know the circumstances which played out. I have had diabetics that have taken 10 people to control and after giving them some sugar based medications they return to a medically controlled state, where they are alert and oriented to their normal self. Remember, police officers DO NOT carry medications and have no way to tell if a person is a diabetic or drunk, paramedics have equipment to test their blood AFTER they can be controlled. I am Not saying what they did was right in antway but there are two sides to the truth and someone will be responsible for getting to the truth it just won’t be us.

    Again I think TASERs should be taken off of the law enforcements arsena, they seem quick to use them.

  33. Hey pistolpackinmedic,

    Having been a paramedic, including handling drunks and people in seizures, the only time when any violence is justified is when in self-protection.
    In any event, we used restraints, not weapons to control violent people. Wrapping a person in a blanket, and rolling them, effectively reduces any resistance. (We certainly did not call the police to help)

    The current police are “high” on their Adrenaline and Steroids. The first response is always to escalate the confrontation, to enforce “humiliating compliance”, even when the individual cannot hear, understand or comprehend the police.Their non-accountability allows them to live out their violent psychotic phantasies.

    I feel really sorry for Americans.

  34. Truth is the Elite regard the Police as a dumb tool, they have to be dumber and blunter than the people they police.
    If the police had the ability to think with any degree of finesse, they would see that they really are just a bunch of unthinking lickspittle lackeys of the PTB.
    You have to be stupid to want to be a police officer in the modern police force, maybe some people are driven to “Create a better society”, the moment they cover up just one incident of wrongdoing by another officer, they become WORSE than the other criminals on the street.

    Poor woman, i am no longer shocked by the brutality of police officers, i have come to expect it.
    They are not capable of doing their jobs in the way it should be done, i.e, conscientiously, without malice, without personal feelings getting involved.
    The moment a policeman thinks you are not respecting my authoritayyyy, personal feelings of malice all to often quickly surface as aggression and indifference.

    I know there might be a few good officers int he police, and to them i have the greatest respect, but, i think i am being honest when i say, Most of them are little more than scumbags with a badge.

  35. the few “good” officers are Under The Onus of ALL the ‘Bad’ ones and ARE (Ineffectual) in Changing Anything Anytime Soon !

  36. There’s 56 cops who should be glad it’s only a lawsuit, and not the beginning of a real shooting civil war.

  37. People of the county can assemble their own lawful grand jury, conduct an investigation and issue indictments for first degree murder! Yes the people of the county can reallty do that!

  38. All law enforcement who use tazers are under the wrath of God_they reap what they sow.
    They all will be punished to the max by a holy God.
    There is no excuse for their behavior, and they have judgement
    upon their souls to look forward to. They all better flee those
    jobs, or else judgement is COMING upon them and theirs.

  39. Welcome to the new Amerika…… wanted it?, by doing nothing, you got it.

    ” The power that they have is the one that you gave them”

  40. How do we know if the information that the wife gave is true. People automatically jump on the cops if there is any hint of violence. There are two sides to every story and the truth will come out in the end.

  41. another example of the usa and their brutal stalin-like police. the usa is guilty of civil rights abuses that are more serious than what goes on in mexican jails or china. we expect this to happen there but not in the usa. the police are totally corrupt as is the usa govt , the TSA , the DHS. these people need to stand trial and should be thrown in jail for their crimes

  42. When ANYONE is Above the Law then there IS NO LAW – I am so sick of people asking “WHY CAN’T WE hold these offenders responsible? etc.. There is now clearly only ONE WAY to hold them responsible and it’s called STREET JUSTICE – What else IS there? Ans. NOTHING….It HAS come to that…In Indiana they just passed a Law allowing people to use guns against unannounced, unwarrented Break-ins by Police – well DUH – of COURSE – and now it has come TIME for people on the Street to Get Involved when they see Police acting in an Unlawful Manner….Preservation of Life in the face of Great Evil on the part of Paid Public Service Officials (the new SS) is now neceSSary..

  43. This is what happens when you have the ADL and Mossad training your police departments. The more alien influence these Zionist thugs have on our police departments, the more violent and militaristic they will become. Don’t believe me? Just Google “ADL trains American Police departments”. And Google the same for Mossad. See for yourself! Wake up!!

  44. Kenzob — why are you trying to wake up others?

    You’re already awake — get your evidence together, give it to the plaintiff in this lawsuit and SUE ISRAEL, that will really get their attention!

    Damn, when you have something actionable like that, don’t hang around flapping your jaws; USE IT!

  45. It is a clearly established pattern of behavior by police officers nationwide. It reeks of summary public torture and summary execution. Remedies include firing your town’s police force. A New Jersey town did it and saw their crime reduced by 60%. Bankrupt Taser, Inc. and another will manifest overnight to replace it. The end result of violent police action is zero credibility of ‘law enforcement’. The true number of innocents killed by police nationwide is an unknown figure. If known, this statistic would, by itself, gut most PDs.

  46. AmicusBrief, you’re right. Which NJ town fired its police force? What had triggered [pun intended] that action? I’m really very interested. I’m from NJ. I have unfortunately learned that whereas we are very dependent upon police, we have a very scary thing going on in which going to the police is a roll of the dice. You can get help and you can also get the most astonishing “anti-help” imaginable. They even sometimes find out about illegal behavior and jump in to assist lawbreakers streamline their operations! Then it sounds so counter-intuitive that nobody believes it’s happening. It can provide a real shock to your system!

  47. This is how the people rise up. Injustice. Watch V for Vendetta. It portrayed such a beating incident in an oppressive enviroment of a tyrannical government.

    It’s coming folks – AND ‘THEY’ know it. It’s why DHS purchased 450 million hollow tip bullets. 320 million bullets at one for each American, and a few to spare for armed Citizens who dare fire back. Of course, they’ll hunt you with drones for those that think they can run.

    Do nothing America? This is what you get for watching football as your Constitutional rights were stripped. Not me you say? Are you one of those who raises their hands in an act of surrender at airport body scanners in contravention of your fourth amendment.

    If you’re not angry yet, you deserve what’s coming.

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  49. i seriously hope this never happens to a friend or family member, mostly a family member , i wouldnt care about a settlement, i would respectfully tell the judge i dont want to press charges, because i will be heading to jail in a day or so, i really dont know how local comunities dont just firebomb the crap out of police force that allow this crap to happen is it really that hard to fill a bottle and light it on fire 42 cars on fire makes for a great show and yes i advocate violence, why not thats what my government teaches me everyday, or you can follow the way they want you to, have them break into your house, beat you, rape molest wife/ kids, shoot dogs, plant drugs/evidence, beat the crap out of victims who were the one that CALLED the police,raid houses destroy property with out warrants, invade and destroy property , on the wrong properties!!!!! i really dont understand this crap, suspended with pay, um WTF is wrong w this country and its people, 200 years ago we went to war for 1 taxes, a stamp tax on everything, 2 no right to print money 3 unfair trade regulations 4 boston masacre

  50. I can envision prison terms for over 50 officers, and for a few of them perhaps 50 years without parole, AND civil liability for what they cost this woman.

  51. Every one of those cops should be tried for murder. Wish I was on the jury for those cowards. I know you pigs aren’t smart enough to be reading this
    but if you are, you’re bigger cowards than I can express. wow i’m so impressed at how it takes 50 of you to subdue a diabetic. scum

  52. I see by the blogs on this site that most of you never served and are a bunch of biggots that want to run your mouths and do nothing. Well the military you hate so much is the reason you are allowed to post your opion. With out the military that has fought for your freedom you would not dare to post these blogs. Most of you are gutless cowards.
    Most police today never served in the military. They are these kids that you think so much about that play these games that teach you to kill everything and everyone. Kids that were never punished for anything they did. Military people think enough of you to give their lives so you can put them down.
    You should thank the vets for your freedoms. These cops are not vets.

  53. George Papadapoulis said “How do we know if the information that the wife gave is true. People automatically jump on the cops if there is any hint of violence.”

    I looked up on the Internet the man who was driving the car. He was a successful and highly regarded landscape architect and urban planner. He rehabilitated old estates to restore their former beauty.

    Everyone knows people like that are prone to violence! A “hint” of violence? I wish you showed as much of a “hint” of intelligence.

  54. Bill Cantrell, I agree with what you say. This has nothing to do with the military. By the way, the man who was brutally attacked served in the Navy during WW2. Generally I am on the side of the police when claims are made about violence etc. but in this case it is apparent their actions were unjustified – to put it politely.

  55. My son got beat up when he was going to UW-Oshkosh by some punk officers. He was wearing a sweatshirt the same color as someone who had just committed a burglary. There was nothing else that fit his description and the perpetrator’s. He has scars on his arm and his room mate took pictures immediately following. He didn’t resist at all.

  56. Indiana just passed a law that let’s people use deadly force against police that are threatening their live without probable cause just for stupid stuff like this.

  57. 2010, and were hearing about it now. You have to give black people credit, if Johnson were black their would have been hell to pay. Or is it the media that droped the ball on this or maybe because he didn”t look like Ob son. Media do your job.

  58. giant33, do we have a reliable report indicating that Johnson was not Black?

    The media report what they choose to report. They would not have reported Trayvon Martin’s death unless a large number of people had made a fuss about it. If you figure that 50 officers were involved in the Baltimore cop-frenzy, it is unlikely that there is any newspaper in Baltimore that was not capable of being influenced (against reporting this event except as an automobile accident or an obituary) by some official or some person of importance in the community.

    I remember a case that was reported by three news sources in Columbia, Georgia one evening. The next morning a General with an office in the Pentagon made some phone calls, including one to me. He wanted to meet with me immediately and I had to put him off until 1 p.m. When we met in his office, he was most desirous of having the story returned to complete anonymity. When I left the meeting we had not reached consensus on what should happen. The next day I spoke with four news sources from Columbia, Georgia including all three that had previously reported the situation. ALL FOUR of them said they were no longer interested in the story and would not report any more developments. When I finally got one reporter to speak with me about the reason, she said, “Look, we get half of our news stories from [Fort Benning] and we have a good relationship with them. We’re not going to endanger that good relationship for one good story!”

  59. My wife is a paramedic, and diabetic shock along with patients having seizures resulting in MVA’s and auto-ped accidents is somewhat common! My guess is that because of his condition, he probably didn’t know what was happening to him, thank GOD!! Usually the paramedics don’t administer tasers, and repeated shots to the body to bring them out of it. These cops are criminals and should be in jail for murder!!


  61. D A Y, you’re right that the Zimmerman case is different.

    Zimmerman was not a cop. He also didn’t get any help shooting his chosen victim.

    Also, whereas Johnson was obviously too sick to defend himself, Trayvon Martin, who was neither a diabetic nor a recent accident victim, defended himself valiantly before being murdered.

    Also, in the Johnson case, the cops were out of their vehicle and the victim was in his vehicle when the event began.

    So I guess you’re right; people should stop comparing these two cases. One of them has resulted in multiple killers none of whom has been charged with a crime; the other WAS going that route until George Zimmerman got charged with second-degree murder.

  62. Nazi brown shirts in blue now have badges; and, the urge to kill.
    Cowardly creep murderers without supervision or brains.
    What will be their alibi? Doesn’t matter, they’re immune.
    Will Obama order a beer summit with police and wife?
    Will the officers who watched be promoted?
    What will happen to these criminals?
    Are police now the enemy; their own worst example?

  63. The police were over-violent with a man, who if he was going into insolin shock, could not possibly harm them. I know, because I’m hypoglacemic, and when I start to go into ‘shock’ I’m totally defenseless, my toes curl, my hands retract, and are uncontrollable. The man would have hurt himself but no-one else. There is no strength in the limbs, they are curled and the eyes don’t focus well. Diabetic shock is next and they are in bad trouble within a really short time. The police should be ashamed and punished for this man’s death. It could have been avoided with talking to the spouse and understanding the man’s problem.

  64. My mother who was born at the turn of the last century told me something as a child that I never forgot. Since the time of the Roman Empire, the police have been the dregs of society.

  65. I just read some of the older comments. VIOLENT? This man and his wife were godly people coming home from Bible study. He had probably not eaten in a while, and the
    diabetic seizures set in, followed by an unfortunate car wreck. He need food and care, some insulin, not being beaten and tazered to death. For shame. As a Christian, he would have been totally cooperative with the cops, but was unable to respond to their advances because of his seizure and physical lilmitations.

  66. This is what happens when government and its entities get unbridled power, like the retarded liberals want.

    Stop being stupid, stop being a liberal.

  67. I am diabetic. It is a MEAN ailment. you can get too much sugar and get violent then comatose, and you can get too little sugar and blackout and go comatose. improper sugar can lead to anger and aggression. And the person afflicted may not be aware of his/her surroundings.

    Police are not trained to recognize these symptoms. BUT it does seem like this case was way out of control.

    The Police will likely get a ruling of non-excessive force, they usually do.

  68. DM, sorry but the ‘liberals’ have always been the targets of state power and police brutality. They were out there marching for civil rights getting beaten & killed, they marched to end the horrible war in Vietnam and felt the full brunt of our police state. Today they are out there ‘occupying’ in order to wrestle our democracy from Multinational corporations and the power of the Fed and the financial system, the crimes of the FIRE sector.

    Tell me, when has the right wing put their lives on the line to protest brutality? When?

    They are the biggest supporters of for-profit prisons, of the MIC, of arming the police with military gear so giant corporate interests can get their cut of government welfare.

    bah, what BS.

  69. I can not Believe you Idiots, something is missing in this report. We are to believe that 53 Police officers showed up to a regular car accident. then this lovely church going driver, who had a seizure sitting in his car doing nothing. the mean old police walk up for no reason pepper spray the driver, beat him with batons, taser him. all for no reason.

    The lady may be telling the truth. but this does not make sence. I have never seen a police officer walk up to an accident and start beating the driver because he had a wreck. Something is wrong her and a lot of information is missing.

  70. I believe its more than past due to recognize, react appropriately to these brazen human rights violations in the states. Amnesty International is aware among others like them. The awakening masses are capable.Travel with a concealed weapon, defend yourself when appropriate from these lesser life forms. In other words, take defenseive action in the name of self-defense, or more directly ….I was also a victim survived.

  71. Every last one of the Baltimore County Police Officers involved in this incident together with their commanding officer should be fired. This incident is intollerable and inexcusable because it was done by people who routinely carry lethal weapons. Any monetary award that results from the suit should be paid by the officers personally and certainly not the Baltimore County residents.

  72. sadly she will probably win the case but all the money she wins will come from the taxpayer in the end and those responsible will not be held accountable for their actions

  73. Why don’t we hold these thugs responsible? Because injustice is a form of control. Look at the history of communist and fascist countries and how the citizens were treated. We are being introduced to our new form of Government. It will get worse and more widespread because America is asleep. When will we wake up? When we hit bottom. But it may be too late then.

  74. No wonder cops don’t want you video taping them. These thug cops should ALL be brought up on MURDER charges. ALL of them. This is beyond outrageous! Even the Gestapo would not have responded so violently! This is something I would expect from Genghis Khan’s warriors. NOT American police officers, who CLEARLY have forgotten who they work for, and their job description!

  75. And over in INdiana LE are whinging and moaning about a new law assuring civilians have the right to use deadly force against LE when such act outside the law.. they say “there will be people shooting cops for no reason”. Every one of them should be sat down and have to listen to this story…. and then be informed THIS IS WHY that law was passed. Treat citizens with lawful respect, and you won’t be the ones getting shot at. Bust down people’s doors in the middle of the night, start beating up harmless accident victims, shoot a man’s dog in his own fenced yard, and expect to get shot at.

    When cops treat law abiding citizens like criminals, they will be responded to in kind. The alternative? Open season on people wearking blue. Whch way will it be? If cops don’t begin, right away, to self-regulate, the citizens WILL regulate. People of Baltimor County need to get up about this…. confront their LEA and demand they stop this sort of insanity. Fire their sheriff for allowing this to go on, and fire all the officers involved in this disgusting conduct. THEN initiiate a Grand Jury to examine the evidence and lay charges where appropriate against the sick army of cops that murdered a man for noo reason. It falls on the PEOPLE of that jurisdiction. There are some parts of the country I will NOT willingly go to… Chicago, New York City, Newark, and this incident tends to put Baltimore on that list as well….

  76. I don’t think 52 officers were on the scene killing the motorist. Only a few were. I think probably the total count of 52 “involved” includes those who made reports, covered up the incident, jerked the wife around when she tried to file complaints, impeded the investigation, circled the wagons, “lost” the paperwork, etc. It takes a village.

  77. The guy was in a wreck and because he wanted to get out of his car that was a problem? I guess the very idea he had his Bible with him scared the liberals to death. And they have the neve to call Christians hate mongers. Yeah, who’s kidding whom?

  78. Dredd wants something good to come from this. The only thing good that could come from this is for 52 officers to go to jail. The ones who beat and tasered him, for homicide; the others for failing to come to Mr Johnson’s aide.

  79. I have great concern for this lady and hope she can make it to the end of this ordeal. Still her life will not be restored. I think the requirement of being an x-military nutter is in the hiring test. When first married my husband wanted to be a “cop” and I realized the ego problems in that. I said ” not with this wife”. Instead I pushed him back into the military and thirty years later the results are the same. His mind went sideway, no amount of my love could have prevented it. These cops are encouraged in the same manner as the military to be unreasonable and allowed by law to do so. Just call me the former wife of Chief Roberson.[

  80. streetrace: excuse me, but most cops are right wing authoritarians, which is why Scott Walker survived his recall election.

    Liberals are joining the ‘Occupy’ movement and the cops are beating the shit out of them whenever they can. Luckily, the Occupiers are winning in court so far.
    Right wingers also support the MIC, the militarization of the police forces, & authoritarian regimes in every nation.

  81. Shano, I think “liberals” has morphed from meaning liberals into meaning “whomsoever right-wingers disdain for any reason based on whatever.”

  82. In the 60’s it was said that when somebody was too lazy to work and to chicken to steal it would join a police dept. Looks like Maryland is still using this criteria for hiring and Davon Parker is its crown jewel.
    College degrees should be mandatory for anybody pretending to do law enforcement, this way the mentally retarded would be weeded out.

  83. Shano, I think “liberals” has morphed from meaning liberals into meaning “whomsoever right-wingers disdain for any reason based on whatever.”

    ah yes, Malisha, the Zimmerman Doctrine. Whatever.

  84. Tionico, you’ve hit the nail on the head. There will always be thugs that respect nothing but force and, unfortunately, a uniform can bring out the worst. It’s a travesty that this widowed woman is having to take this on alone. Government isn’t doing its job with respect to a bunch of casual murderers, feeling licensed-to-kill by their uniforms. It is ominous and destructive when government communicates that people really can’t rely on the law for protection.

  85. I really hope the plaintiff’s p.i. lawyer on this case is good, because just as one can’t rely upon the law for protection, one can’t always rely upon the lawyers for the law.

  86. This is the result of having thugs and bullies at the head of our nation. They see the president checking his “hit list” and ordering drones to kill the mark. No terrorist should be killed outside of the rules of engagement. None should go without due process like those at Guantanamo and the Ft. Hood killer.

  87. It seems that i am lucky. I had interaction with police and state troopers on two occasions here in Alaska. In both cases the first thing the officers asked was if I was all right…

  88. Unfortunately, more and more police are becoming VERY violent and VERY reactionary. There are some good ones around. Fortunately, I live in a small town where everyone knows the cops. Many locals were their classmates. BUT that is NOT true in too many cities today. Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada cops are among the most violent and vicious in the country, and they have NO respect for you. There are a few other cities like this, and they NEED to be brought up sharply and reminded Which is the public, and Which is the servant. Apparently Baltimore has a Las Vegas problem. Vicious, stupid cops. They should all be imprisoned!

  89. The police are behaving more like foreign German military(circa 1938) than how American police have traditionally been trained-to be polite, kind, and resourceful. Those old days are gone for good. The NDAA has taken away our rights to a speedy trial-the congressional Republicans don’t want to even be bothered with trials,judges,etc. They want to be able to kill you just for being suspected of terrorism-no proof necessary! November is coming! Lets take out the garbage!

  90. Republicans? Patty, perhaps you missed the memo, but Obama is a DEMOCRAT. The Senate is controlled by DEMOCRATS. Eric Holder, the Chief Law Enforcement officer is a DEMOCRAT. This isn’t a Republican issue. Yes, we DO need to take out the trash in November. And we WILL. But the trash is mostly in the form of Donkeys, NOT Elephants.

  91. I’ll bet these officers wouldn’t want their family members beaten and murdered on the highways by a group of military type Goons. Hope they sleep well tonight. Vengeance is mine Says the Eternal….

  92. When the time comes LEO’s that will be willing to enforce mass tyranny should make sure they have told their wives, husbands and children they love them because they may not be coming home. They also shoul dbe more concerned that retribution doesn’t visit their home while they are abusing their oath.

  93. Reading this type of thing makes me sick. We live in a lawless police state. Where the cops are often worse criminals than the ones in prison.

    Taser openly admits that their weapons can kill when used above the waist. This makes their use in any situation like this murder.

    50+ on 1 sounds like the typical overkill response of hyped up criminals gone wild now known as police. We need some layoffs or imprisonment to trim the force a bit. Save a few tax dollars too. How are 50 even available to respond to a call?

    I hope his wife is victorious. But even so it will be little tribute.

  94. The police officers will pay with much more than their lives when they take their last breath and realize they’ve been jettesoned into Hell for all eternity.

  95. We are in a civil war, do not think otherwise. That is why Indiana passed a law that it is legal for citizens to defend themselves against the police, you better do it. Choice, kill or be killed.

  96. This the first I have seen of this incident. My wife is from the Baltimore area and I am sure, if the behavior of these officers is as reported by Mrs. Johnson and J. Turley, she would be appalled at the acceptance of this type of behavior by law enforcement officers. As a retired county officer living in Indiana I have had the opportunity to see the best and the worst of police work. Unfortunately there are times when police officers do overreact to unassuming actions on the part of a suspect. I believe it is best if we wait to see exactly what the evidence reveals before we decide to convict 52 officers and their individual departments. However, if these officers acted outside of the prescribed professional roles as peace officers, then by all means, they should face the harshest of judgements for their actions. There is simply NO reason to beat a man to death that appears, first, to be unarmed, and second may have given the appearance only of intoxication, which is common with diabetic episodes, and every officer I worked with was trained to observe for these symptoms before assuming alcohol or drug intoxication.

    As I mentioned, time will reveal all of the true facts. Even if the officers are found not guilty due to perjuring their testimony to avoid criminal punishment, eventually, that will also be found out. Be patient, let the law work the way it is designed to work, and do not let individuals such as Jonathan Turley try these officers in the court of public opinion until a trial before a jury has had the impact needed to propel it to public opinion or bias. Mr. Turley, as competent as he is, should understand that bringing about justice in a criminal case is not best served by public expose, but rather allowing the justice system to perform it’s prescribed functions. Anything else is a travesty of American law.

  97. Rob Manlove, Professor Turley reported on a civil suit that was filed by the wife of the deceased. When you say:

    “Mr. Turley, as competent as he is, should understand that bringing about justice in a criminal case is not best served by public expose, but rather allowing the justice system to perform it’s prescribed functions. Anything else is a travesty of American law.”

    you are mixing up several issues. FIRST OF ALL, there is no question, now, about the fact that the plaintiff in this lawsuit has alleged that the police were (a) acting outside their lawful authority AND (b) not properly supervised or properly punished for what occurred. Those kinds of things have to do with the “justice system perform[ing] its prescribed functions.” If the facts alleged in the lawsuit prove to be true, the JUSTICE SYSTEM has ALREADY failed to perform its prescribed functions, and now the courts are asked to perform THEIRS, to take care of the travesty that already happened.

    The expose is of the LAWSUIT.

    I think everybody on this blog knows that I will not hesitate to disagree with the Professor, but in this case, I think his “expose” of this “travesty” is commendable. A person shouldn’t have to hire a private lawyer to make the justice system work, but that is often the case.

  98. Rob, if police officers are being trained to recognize diabetics in crisis, then their training is woefully inadequate. I can tell you from many a night working the ER that I have seen way too many diabetics brought in as “drunk,” and the police swear that they “smell alcohol.” But, a quick check of the patient shows that they are diabetics, not drunks. A little insulin or sugar as appropriate, and they are soon awake and alert, wondering how they got to the ER. The police rarely back down, though, and still insist that they smelled alcohol, and insist the person was drunk, even though subsequent blood tests show there to be zero alcohol on board. I am NOT impressed with police training. Let us hope after this incident that ALL police are brought back in for more detailed training. If this report is true, that 52 police officers were present while this man was beaten and tazed to death, then NONE of these thugs should be wearing a badge! They themselves are a menace to society!

  99. One night I typed all night while leaning forward at my typewriter with my legs crossed at the knee. I was so intent on what I was writing that I did not feel any discomfort. When I stood up, at the end of the typing marathon, I fell down. I got back up again, thinking I had just stumbled, and I headed for the door, and fell three times more. Then I realized my left foot was not working. I could push it down but not bring it back UP, so I couldn’t take a step.

    I massaged it for a while, tried this and that, and finally realized I had to go to the E.R. I could drive because that required a down-push and not a pull-back.

    I got there. Answered questions. Fell twice more because they failed to bring a wheel chair. Finally got into a room and waited. I am diabetic and I did answer on the form that I was diabetic.

    They drew blood and hooked me up to some machines, and took vitals. Then a doctor finally came in. He looked totally shocked. I realized he and the staff assumed I was drunk. But I don’t drink at all and my blood alcohol was obviously zero. My blood sugar was relatively normal (a bit high but no big deal) too. The doctor had nothing more in his bag of tricks. I’m sure they wrote “not drunk for some unknown reason” on the chart.

    When I got home it was already time that a doctor’s office was open and I called a friend of mine who is a doctor. He said, “OH your peroneal nerve must be paralyzed. Give it a day or two and if it is still a problem, make an appointment and come in.”

    They didn’t even check for that because they were only thinking “drunk” at the time, not even “diabetic shock” or any of the “Plan B” explanations.

    Imagine if the cops had found me! I hate to think…

  100. The police are being trained by israelis. We’ve been taken over by the israelis. We’re all palestinians now.

  101. Just about a half hour ago I learned something pretty astonishing, but after considering it, I wondered why I was astonished.

    A friend of mine is Black and was riding in his truck in Virginia. He got a cell phone call and, although he couldn’t pick up, he leaned over to see the number coming up on i.d. to figure out whether he had to pull over or not (wife was at the school with one of his kids). He swerved a little. A minute later, lights in the rear view, sirens, and he pulls over and in several seconds, three other squad cars pull up and basically surround him. He is approached and gives his license and registration and waits and the cops (two young white cops) return his paperwork and wave the other squad cars away. Then they chat with him for a few minutes. Thus:

    We can tell you’re not drunk
    We believe you as to why you swerved
    Your record and your license are clear and you have a good driving history
    But before you pulled over, we put your license plate number in the system as a “drunk driver.”

    We did this because if there WAS an incident, you’d already be in the system in case anything happened.

    We now cannot get it OUT of the system.

    But since we’re not giving you a ticket, we want to give you a warning.

    Whenever you’re driving THIS VEHICLE, your name will come up and it will say “DRUNK DRIVING.”

    You will get pulled over more.
    You should never drive this vehicle on a Saturday night; you can get into real trouble because the cops who pull you over may have had a rough night and they may assume you’re dangerous or threatening.

    We give you this warning because you have been so nice, so polite, and you are stone cold sober. We don’t want you to get into trouble through no fault of your own.

    Huh!!! Get that!! First of all, it was nice. Second of all, it was scary.

    I suggested to him that he COULD start up something to get his license plate number taken OFF the “DRUNK DRIVER” database, but he said, “It will be too expensive and somebody will not like it and then I will have more trouble than ever. If I never drive this truck on a Saturday night, I’ll probably be all right.”

  102. I can’t believe this is still happening. My roommate in 2007 was tased by a police officer that responded to a 911 call I made for an ambulance. He knew he was there because she was having a reaction and everything was calm at first but he tasered her twice when she tried to run because she was scared when she realized there were 8 responders standing around our livingroom. Then the police stayed at our house for 2 hours telling us that if we ever call 911 they will bring at least 2 police cars and have her listed as dangerous individual and tried to get her to assure them that she would never get low and aggressive again. We did not sue because the police followed us everywhere and for weeks would drive by in the middle of the night and as they were in front of our house (usually at 2 in the morning) would turn on the sirens and then turn them off at the end of the block. COPS ARE OUT OF CONTROL. Suing them will not bring him back but hopefully it will force change.

  103. Cowardly criminal cops act with impunity
    against hapless citizens daily in America.
    The sob’s are immune from prosecution;
    good cops refuse to stop bad cops, and,
    some are too stupid to stop bad cops.
    America has TOO-MANY cops; most are
    members of a cop union. Many sheriff
    departments, within state counties, serve
    the state first; and those who voted for them
    last. Hang umm all…

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  105. Their’s a civil war coming, police will be first to go. Civilians hate them and so does the military, was in the service for 15 yrs. 6 deployments and the post traumatic stress personnel would ask my soldiers and other soldiers from other units when they got back what they hated the most and to give 3 options: terrorists,police,and politician’s. Just F.Y.I “Police”

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