Posts Tagged ‘Reno 911’

Utah Police Force Pepper Spray Haka Dancers, Eight Cops Not One Clue

October 24, 2011

Police in a small Utah town are being accused of overreacting after using pepper spray to break up a group of Polynesian men and boys performing a traditional dance called the Haka after a high school football game.

The police action came after a pair of officers unsuccessfully attempted to disperse the dozen or so performers who were blocking an exit after the Union-Uintah game Thursday night, the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The group reportedly was trying to boost Union’s morale with the Haka as the players left the field. Police said many people in the crowd knew the group was going to dance, but the  officers and others didn’t.

Local police pepper spray traditional Polynesian dancers. Eight cops not one clue.

Reno 911,Taking Care of Granny

June 25, 2010

Concerned that Lona hadn’t taken her medications, Lonnie called 911 in the expectation that an emergency medical technician would be dispatched to the apartment to evaluate the bedridden 86-year-old woman.

Instead, that call for help was answered by nearly a dozen armed officers employed by the El Reno Police Department.

Understandably alarmed  by the presence of uninvited armed strangers in her home, Lona ordered them to leave. This directive, issued by a fragile female 86 year old confined to a hospital-style bed and tethered to an oxygen tank, was interpreted as “aggressive” behavior by Officer Thomas Duran, who ordered one of his associates : “Taser her!”

Accordingly, one of the officers approached Lona and “stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation,” narrates the complaint, based on Lona’s account. One of the officers then shot her with a taser, but the connection wasn’t solid. A second fired his taser, “striking her to the left of the midline of her upper chest, and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain,” and unconsciousness. Lona was then handcuffed with sufficient ruthlessness to tear the soft flesh of her forearms, causing her to bleed.

After her wounds were treated at a local hospital, Lona was confined for six days in the psychiatric ward at the insistence of her deranged assailants from the El Reno Police Department.

Reno 911 to the rescue… Keeping hospital beds safer for the community. 

Police 911 Respond To Movie Shoot.. Awkward

May 6, 2010

A film shoot about a Nassau County Police detective had more officers on the scene than the director wanted.

Fred Carpenter  was directing a scene from his movie about a Nassau County Police detective ,”Jesse,” at a Bellmore convenience store on Tuesday. Since he was shooting on private property, he never notified police of the shoot.

The scene focuses on a gunman taking people hostage inside the store.  Someone driving by saw the commotion and called police.  Carpenter soon had more officers than he intended for the scene.

“All of a sudden I’m directing and 15 police officers come in,” Carpenter told the Associated Press. “And for a moment I’m thinking it’s part of the movie and then I said, wait a minute, I wrote the movie and this wasn’t in the film. And it was like, insanity.”

Police say it could have been tragic.  When police arrived, the gunman was in the store still holding the fake gun in his hand. A Nassau County Police spokesperson said officers “showed great restraint” in defusing the situation.

The film stars Burt Young, best known for his role of ‘Paulie’ in the “Rocky” movies.

For now, the shoot has been rescheduled and Carpenter says he learned his lesson and will notify police. Reno 911 makes the scene…….