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Florida Cop Tasers Cuffed Girl Who Became Braindead As A Result

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A Florida police officer, 267-pound Trooper Daniel Cole, was recently cleared of any wrongdoing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Questions were raised when he tasered a 20 year old handcuffed girl in the back as she fled. The tasering was caught on video showing officer Cole firing the taser at the handcuffed Danielle Maudsley.  Maudsley was a mere 100 pound, while Cole outweighed her at two and a half times her weight. She was clearly no threat to him, unless he expected to die from exhaustion chasing her a few yards.

The encounter took place last September at the FHP Pinellas Park Substation. As Maudsley fled, the tasering prevented her from catching herself as her muscles involuntarily seized up. As a result, she fell to the concrete, and bashed her head. She suffered severe brain damage and has been in a persistent vegetative state ever since.

The video below shows Maudsley fleeing a back door of the substation with officer Cole following closely behind, with absolutely no need to taser her. It is clear that he only did this to inflict physical punishment on the small 20 year old.

Maudsley was initially arrested for her alleged involvement in two hit-and-run crashes and driving without a license.

Officer Cole brought her to the substation to complete his paperwork before taking her to the Pinellas County Jail. But as she entered the parking lot, she tried to make a run for it.

“What were you thinking? What are you, stupid?,” Cole can be heard asking Maudsley on the video.
“I can’t get up,” said Maudsley.
“I don’t want you to get up,” said Cole.
“I can’t get up,” Maudsley said again. The last words Maudsley has spoken since being tasered.

Maudsley’s mother said Cole should have used other means besides the taser to stop her daughter. “He was right behind her. He could’ve reached out,” Maudsley observed. “It was unnecessary.”

Defense attorney Kevin Haylsett was hired to pursue charges against the department. Hayslett said Cole violated his department’s taser policy which says clearly that “Fleeing cannot be the sole reason for the deployment” of the taser. “When you shoot someone in the back, and they’re running away, all that force — as you saw when Danielle’s head hit the concrete — that’s why they don’t allow you to do that, because you can have horrible tragedies like this,” Hayslett explained.

Maudsley’s mother said early on that the prognosis is not good for her daughter. Maudsley remained in a Fort Lauderdale rehab center which specializes in severe brain injuries and remained in a vegetative state until she died last month.

SPREAD THE WORD about this POLICE ABUSE of power. These rogue cops can only get away with these abuses if we allow them to!

(Article by James Achisa)

  • http://www.tamjosephartlive.com Tam Joseph

    You mean they do this stuff to ‘White folks’ too ?
    Oh no! now ain’t that a shame!

    • John Bishop

      Your are loathsome excuse for a human being.

      • MiserableOldFart

        On the basis of one quote? That kind of ‘logic’ is what got this girl killed. Now, she was no model citizen, but this punishment, and it was indeed and obviously punishment, certainly did not fit any alleged crimes. Perhaps the police officer knew she could outrun his fat butt, and was concerned about the blow to his ego?

        • Jack

          Did anyone ever think that perhaps “john bishop” is a made up person coming here on purpose to invoke anger?

      • Emeliya

        Funny, John Bishop. I’m BLACK-HISPANIC and I was about to say the exact same thing. Trauma and incurable injury has NOTHING to do with colour. This about humanity. Some people are just disgusting and they need to get over themselves. It’s sad that some people of colour think that we’re the only ones who can suffer. We, as a community need to stop self-victimising all the time.

        • grateful and about time someone said it

          ^THANK YOU!

        • Tiedye

          Well said!

      • Susan

        He can’t be accused of being immoral and lacking in character when the problem is obviously that he’s just stupid.

    • er

      Fuck you Tam Joseph

      • Maple Jane

        Relax, ER. He’s right.

        • Heidi

          No Maple, he is not right. People of ALL colors go through dangerous and unnecessary profiling. This girl may have been white, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t profiled for the way she may have dressed, where she may have lived, her poverty level, or who she associates with. To sit there and say that only people of other races get profiled is narrow-minded and just as bigoted as the cops who do profile, period.

          • Afshin Nejat

            He’s neither wrong nor right. He is making a rhetorical point. His point is that in our predominantly white society, with its white power structure, the lower class white will generally only care about such things when it looks as if it directly affects them. If it happened to another race, it wouldn’t have gotten so much of a reaction. This mentality is precisely what allowed slavery and genocide to become staples of white societies throughout history for a very long time. By the same token, other races are just as guilty, but aren’t as good at it or as hypocritical, because they haven’t been quite as successful. I’m sure they’ll show their evil runs just as deep as Ghengis Khan given sufficient chances to do so.

            There are some notable exceptions, some large scale, among white and other races, but generally human beings, in all racial varieties, are proven to be corrupt and evil, from their highest to lowest strata.

          • maggie

            So basically white people care nothing for black people. You talk through your butt. Most decent people care about ALL humanity. It is the leaders of coutries who set the presidence, they care not for their own people let alone anyone else.
            So stop using the race card. The poor me rhetoric. Do some research and become enlightened. Cops are part of governmental tyranny, meeted out to ALL people as we head towards fascist governence. It does not matter what color your skin is.

    • Patriot

      A’hole

    • maggie

      Stupid comments…..

  • kobio

    This is unacceptable. He basically murdered her. Sickening.

    • michelle

      and got away with it. it will just keep happening. police torture and violence needs to stop. police stations allowing cops to walk free after brutally murdering kids has got to stop!!! am so so sorry for this family. how heartbreaking and tragic. :/

    • maggie

      We live in a world where life is worth nothing. violence has saturated our societies. Hatred,
      And war is portrayed as good …. if its against brown people in countries far away. we have the lies f the war on terror, the war aagainst WMD.
      And who are the culprits? The people ? No , it is our own leaders who seek war and war and more war
      War and control, using fear,,,,,, divide and conquer is the mandate…..this young womans life to these ‘lowlifes’ is like crushing an ant with a shoe. They care nothing for you or me.
      They are psychopaths…..narcissists, fundamentally evil to the core.

  • Absinthe

    He’ll get his, that fat fuck.

  • http://ellyahnna.com Ellyahnna

    He was clearly close enough to grab her with his hands and I am pretty sure he was in no danger of being over powered by a 100lb girl, so why was she tazed. And she was running away from him not towards him so he was not being attacked. This is sad.

  • Sean

    The taser was unnecessary, look at how close he is to her when they first come into view, he could of just grabbed her.

  • catwoman

    white trash.disgusting pig.american policeman.

    • http://j.deborde@zoomtown.com Jim DeBorde

      Why all the racist crap you f ing idiot . This guy is despicable and should not be a police officer but you shouldn’t be allowed to ever post on this or any other site . You disgust me !

      • http://Blindspot Charles Dickson

        You are
        so right. I really don’t think people get it. I am not prejudice against color of skin, i’m prejudice against attitude. If you have a racial attitude i will tell you to go get screwed.
        It seems that every news event about a HUMAN BEING that it turns into a racial thing and leads completely away from what the real story is about.

        • maggie

          Yes, exactly what it was designed to do.

    • michael

      you got that right! the USA police are absolute scum. They are hired on their level of psychological aggression, not on their wit. That’s why we are witnessing so much abuse of the law lately… it’s in the hands of psychotic nuts.

  • https://soundcloud.com/insidebilderberg Inside Bilderberg

    To many unqualified cops around, there should be req. a higher minimal IQ for the job than accepted today.

    • whateveryouwant ittobe

      Well F yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I so agree with you. 100%
      There are too many idiots out there. I think it is a requirement now that they have to morons to be officers because most of them are. They should have to take a test. They should also give them some sort of test to determine if they are at risk for hate crimes. They give pyscological test to people for other lines of work. Something has to change.

    • michael

      it’s a fact that law enforcement is recruited not on their wit but on their level of psychological aggression.

    • Anonymous Coward

      It’s funny that you mention that. Just a few days ago, there was an article on this website which covered the fact that police departments have a “maximum IQ” allowed to get the job. If you take the test and score too high, you are not allowed to join.

    • tom o

      There was a famous lawsuit involving a recruit who was deemed too smart for the job due to an IQ test he was required to take during his application.He sued the PD for discrimination, but lost when the courts said that the PD had the right to set their own standards, and their experience in recruitment allowed them to exclude the best and brightest.Can’t have rookies thinking too much about the job, it might lead to questioning leadership,or something even worse, like sophisticated,undetectable corrupt cops whose advanced intellect might mask any illegal activity they might be tempted with in the course of their career.In this case it was just a lazy cop whose only obvious qualification for the job was his size, if he had to ask the rhetorical question,”What was she thinking?” he doesn’t know human nature and the potential risk for flight by some distressed people.He should have been doing his job and been prepared for it,his reliance on his tool belt to dispense instant justice is straight out of Batman Comics. He should be fired.

  • christian peper

    America is doomed indeed. I hope that people who read this will withdraw their support from the system.

    • michael

      that means stop paying your taxes!!

      • Ishai Aldema

        Or move to a peacefull/more evolved state/country/continent?

  • Brad

    F**KING PIG!!

  • jmac

    “Cleared of any wrongdoing”

    Thats the key sentence right there, that is the very point that they are trying to make that even if they leave a young girl brain dead because some fat lazy costume wearing prick paid by the systematic robbery of it’s “citizens” he’s “Cleared of any wrongdoing” by the “Florida department of Law enforcement”

    Don’t you get it ? you have created a Mafia that runs on your tax dollars, they cover their own asses they’re not here to “protect and serve” They’re here to dominate over every facet of your life and to protect the corporate entities which keep feeding them their money through sales tax.

    You’re whole system which you call “society” is nothing more than a farce, Starting with the “Justice System” A system which is there to sell the public fear and “crimes” to create more “laws” so that all of you sheeple stay at home and watch your televisions til the day you die.

    • susan webb

      you’ve said it all right there

  • yokai

    He was clearly close enough that he could have reached his hand out to grab her arm instead of tazing her, but then again, he probably would’ve twisted it in a painful way upon grabbing her. This cop has no excuse to have used the tazer in this incident.

  • xcop

    How many of you who wrote comments were present during the incident? Without all of the facts how can you come to a logical conclusion (or verdict)?

    • MBD

      It was caught on video.

    • whateveryouwant ittobe

      yeah you dumb arse we saw it! You are a waste of oxegen!

      • Nick

        Says the one who doesn’t know how to spell oxygen.

    • Rob Colbert

      What fact do you feel is missing here?

      1. Taser was unnecessary.
      2. Taser was used inappropriately even gauged against the department’s own policy.
      3. Victim died.

      Even someone with a screen name such as “xcop” should be able to grip this. I mean, I know they have IQ caps for cops & shit, but damn…you’re special.

  • http://yahoo.com gorakh prasad

    POLICE is itself Constitutional agreegation of Anti Social Elements.I wonder lot ,such action is being done by POLICE of Developed Nation. Much Shamefull act .

  • whateveryouwant ittobe

    Better be glad it ain’t MY daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jack

    One can only hope this pig is run over by a car or shot in the line of duty some day soon. People like him, with no respect for human life, don’t deserve to live on this planet.

  • Robert Armitage

    I am a white male in his late 60′s. I find the actions of most of our police departments to be in keeping with Germanys Gestapo. They do what they want, a great percentage are corrupt and we the so called people really don’t have a say as to how they treat us. It is a wonder that John Q Public has not rebelled against tactics that are used to “keep us in line”. Unfortunately all you have to do is be in the wrong place at the right time and you just might get shot by a bully in a uniform.

    • Pamela

      I’m sorry, but when were you last in Germany? I lived there for 3 1/2 years… this century. You are too young to have been born old enough to have experienced the Gestapo. Even moreso, the Gestapo was a tool of the Nazi German Army, not the police force. If you are going to post something, at least look it up first.

      • Crissa

        And yet none of what you said contradicts the person you’re replying to.

      • maggie

        He is liking the police to the Gestapo…… and quite rightly.

  • cheryl

    I can’t say how sorry I am for this Family, But I see this all to often. I run a Fb site Mothers Seeking Justice for Murder Victims, and in almost every one of the cases, the reason the cases are not solved, is because of the police being involved in one way or another. I don’t understand what has happened to our Society, that Allows People in Power to bully Us, and then wonders why our Children all have acquired this nasty tendency to bully others. Well all they have to do is see what the Authority is doing to people under them. I Pray that We Learn to try and treat each other with Dignity and Respect. And Yes even criminals deserve a Trial. Ps

  • michael

    i hope someone hunts him down. an eye for an eye…

  • Josh

    why was she handcuffed again? Oh yea, Maudsley was initially arrested for her alleged involvement in two hit-and-run crashes and driving without a license. How did she become brain dead? Running from a cop. I agree thing turned out for the worse in this situation, BUT PEOPLE for ever bad decision comes a consequence.

    • Crissa

      Shooting fleeing suspects is against the law.

      Someone should teach this police department about Tennessee v Garner, 1985, Supreme court decision.

    • Nate

      Are you serious? You think this is justified? I can’t even believe you. This woman died, okay? As you can see in the video, the officer could have easily got a hold of her, and that would have been that, but no. He tasered her, which led to her death. You’re trying to justify a tragedy that could have been easily prevented, why? Because she ran from the cops? We have a “legal system”, Josh, and as stupid as I think that system is, I highly doubt they would have sentenced her to death for what she did. That cop did though, and you think that she deserved it.

    • maggie

      Hang your head in shame.

  • Paul

    PIG

  • Crissa

    Shooting a fleeing suspect violates the constitution.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_v._Garner

    ‘Cleared’? Covered up is more like it.

  • Pissed off

    75% of police officers are either current or recovering alcoholics…

  • Wayne

    Welcome to the United Police States of America

  • Mark

    This cop is a menace to society, THE 100LB GIRL WAS HANDCUFFED AND COULDNT EVEN BREAK HER FALL WHEN SHE HIT THE GROUND BECAUSE SHE HAD NO WAY TO! This is a DISGUSTING result, to see the cop get cleared of ANY wrongdoing is ABSOLUTELY UNJUST. THIS IS SICKENING, SOME HIGHER POWER needs to step in and put these murderers away for a LONG time. YOU have people sitting in jail for months for driving without licenses, trespassing and other petty incidents, then someone, like this ANIMAL gets off scott free, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME AMERICA AND FLORIDA? All members of the justice system should be ASHAMED of themselves and that makes them murderers too!