Taser the Baby With the Bath Water
As told to Ed Newton
Published: June 7, 2007
The Plantation Police Department thought Wesley Christopher was a
neglectful dad. So they Tasered his 2-year-old daughter. That´s not a
misprint or something from an episode of Reno 9-1-1. It actually happened.
In February of last year, a Broward County Child Protective Services
investigator named Nicole Percival staked out Christopher´s home in
response to an anonymous report that Christopher routinely left
2-year-old Natalie unsupervised on NW Eighth Court in Plantation.
In fact, on this occasion, he did, the cops say. Percival allegedly saw
Christopher leave the house on his bicycle, returning 10 or 15 minutes
later with his 6-year-old son, Brandon, whom he´d picked up from school.
By then, Percival had already called the Plantation Police, though
responding officers took 40 minutes to get there. Christopher had long
since returned; he was sweeping his garage as Percival, her CPS trainee,
and three police officers walked up the driveway. Officer Brian Boos
accused Christopher of abandoning his daughter. Christopher denied it.
In his report, Boos wrote, ¨I explained to the defendant if he continued
[to] lie about leaving the child he would be placed under arrest.¨
With Christopher continuing his denials, the officers tried to arrest
him. Christopher escaped Boos´ grasp, and in the commotion, both Natalie
and Brandon began to wail from inside the house. Christopher went in,
with Boos in pursuit, and took Natalie in his arms.
Percival´s trainee asked to take Natalie, but Christopher refused, the
police report says. He asked the cops and social workers to wait until
his fiancée, the mother of the children, arrived.
They didn´t want to wait. Boos told Christopher he was under arrest.
¨The defendant ignored my talking and stated, The baby doesn´t know you
all, you´re not taking her,´¨ Boos reported.
As Percival took the screaming 6-year-old upstairs (presumably to pack
some clothes in preparation for placing him in a temporary shelter),
police officers surrounded Christopher and tried to pull Natalie out of
his arms. When that didn´t work, wrote Boos, ¨I drive-stunned the
defendant in his upper back between his shoulder blades.¨
That´s 50,000 volts of electricity. As anyone who´s shuffled across a
thick carpet in dry weather knows, human beings are conductors. The
shock moved from Christopher (who was shirtless) to Natalie.
Predictably, the shock caused Christopher to drop the baby, who bounced
off the sofa edge and slammed into the floor.
When Christopher bent down and picked up Natalie, another officer
stunned him and again he dropped Natalie on the floor.
Christopher was booked on felony charges of neglect and resisting
arrest, but by the time his case finally came to trial, those charges
were reduced to a single misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
The jury needed about 75 minutes to issue its ruling last Friday: not
Christopher couldn´t afford his own attorney in his criminal trial, but
public defender Dale Miller delivered particularly when he asked Boos to
unsheath his Taser X26 and conduct a demonstration for the jury. Enough
crackling electricity came out of the thing to frighten jurors, Miller
Tailpipe bets a six-pack of O´Doul´s against a glass of Everglades water
that Christopher will find a private attorney who´s glad to accept his
civil suit against the Plantation cops. $$$unPass
CURRENTLY CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES VIOLATES MORE CIVIL RIGHTS ON A
DAILY BASIS THEN ALL OTHER AGENCIES COMBINED INCLUDING THE NSA / CIA
CPS Does not protect children...
It is sickening how many children are subject to abuse, neglect and even
killed at the hands of Child Protective Services.
every parent should read this .pdf from
connecticut dcf watch...
Number of Cases per 100,000 children in the US
These numbers come from The National Center on
Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington. (NCCAN)
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS
*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*
Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5
Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that
are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per
100,000 children. CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse
and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the
citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold
parents too. No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY
government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and
death than any human being combined. CPS nationwide is guilty of more
human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which
they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that
they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when
children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a
bunch of social workers.
BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF
REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES
TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEY
ARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...