Feeds

Oklahoma granny sues cops over tasering

Bedridden octogenarian pulled knife, police claim

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

An 86-year-old Oklahoma woman is suing the El Reno police department for tasering her in her sick bed, local koco.com reports.

Lona M Varner's grandson, Lonnie D Tinsley, was visiting granny's apartment on 22 December last year, and claims he called 911 "to request emergency medical technicians to stop by to help her with medication".

According to the pair's version of events, instead of medical operatives, 10 officers turned up and "pushed their way through the door". Varner "told them to leave", at which point they became "needlessly aggressive", then "stepped on her oxygen hose until Varner began to suffer oxygen deprivation" before hitting her twice with a taser.

The first shot didn't connect, but the second "hit her in the chest, burning Varner and causing her to pass out".

Varner was taken by paramedics to El Reno's Parkview Hospital, and from there to a psychiatric ward in St Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City "at the direction of El Reno police", where she was held for six days.

In their lawsuit filed in federal court last Monday, Varner and Tinsley are claiming "more than $75,000" for the former's "great pain, mental suffering, fear and humiliation and being deprived of her physical liberty".

The police report, however, paints a very different picture. Officer Duran explains that he attended the scene where "a suicidal subject" had "taken unknown medication".

He claims Varner pulled a kitchen knife from under her pillow and said: "I want to die. I did not call you so get the fuck out of my house."

Varner refused to hand over the knife, threatened to kill Duran and two other officers who arrived as back-up and was then tasered, rendering her "incapable of any further aggresive action".

During transportation to Parkview Hospital, Varner persisted in making death threats against the police, prompting Duran to "complete an officer's affadavit for emergency detention".

Police and the city of El Reno have "declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying it is still pending". ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.