Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Readers React to Allentown Cop Who Tases 14 Year Old Girl
On Monday, I told you about a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Friday by Allentown Attorney Rick Orloski. Today, I want to exlain why lawsuits like these are necessary.
On September 29, a 14 year-old Dieruff High School student, who happens to be a bi-racial female, was walking along ... actually in ... Washington Street after school had let out for the day, with two of her friends. According to her complaint, she was accosted from behind by Allentown police officer Jason Ammary, who shoved her into a parked car, choking her. After already subduing her, he decided to zap her with his taser for good measure, right in her private parts. It made no difference that he hands were up in surrender. She collapsed to the ground in pain, and had to be hospitalized for the removal of the barbs. While all this was going on, Ammary was supposedly deriding the child and her "socio-economic status."
Stories like this are a dime a dozen, but what makes this case interesting is that there's a video, which was obtained from the City's own surveillance cameras. It's really a fluke that it caught any of what happened because the camera is set to rotate periodically. But it contains two segments showing the girl as she walks down the street with her two friends (15 seconds) followed by a scene in which the girl is abused by an Allentown police officer (39 seconds). I obtained and posted the video yesterday afternoon.
I am showing it again.
Now some of you were unconvinced there was really an assault here, and that's fine. You correctly point out that this girl, a teenager among her peers, was probably acting up. Others, myself included, believe this is a clear assault. We can disagree without being disagreeable.
But there's a real dark side in some people, especially when they know they can remain anonymous. They would have been happy if the officer had shot the girl because she is, afer all, bi-racial.
I spent a lot of time last night deleting incessant racist comments, which made it impossible for me to write about some things going on here in the Lehigh Valley. But I've decided to post some of these deleted comments here. They explain why Orloski's suit is absolutely necessary.
"what is this broads ethnicity? if she is mixed then she should be nixed"
"an ahole is an ahole is an ahole. bo you have gotten a PhD in ahole. at least you accomplished one thing in your worthless life. Well two - you do have a half breed grandchild."
"half breeds respect nothing. this is what this whole situation is about. If the broad had respected authority and done as she/it was told all of this would not have happened. look at the crime stats from the valley. ain't white folk."
"bo is indeed himself a racist. just pay attention to what he deletes. the poor boy has no soul"
"send her back to where ever she came from. she can ho up there"
"the bi racial bitch deserved it. she even enjoyed it. I know"
Of course, in addition to the racism, there were numerous attacks aimed at me. So before you call Orloski an ambulance chaser, it's important to recognize that racism and other kinds of pure hatred are still alive and well.