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Disabled Woman Megan Graham Calls 911 While Being Beat, Arrested by Police
Opposing Views ^ | 06/025/2013 | By Michael Allen

Posted on 06/05/2013 12:43:11 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Megan Graham claims that she had to call 911 on the police...while being arrested.

Graham, who has cognitive and hearing disabilities, said she was recently beaten by a police officer while restrained by other officers in Federal Way, Wash.

Meanwhile, despite her complaint, police want the bruised and battered Graham to be charged with felony assault to a police officer.

"I had a concussion," Graham told KIRO 7. "I still have a hard time understanding how things got so out of control so fast. It was a total lack of communication."

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Graham parked her car at an apartment complex where she was going to visit a friend last Monday. As Graham got out of her car, she saw a police car behind her.

"I understood that he saw me using a cell phone," Graham said. "I told the officer I was going to carry my dog 30 feet to a friend's apartment. I told him, 'Hey, you can walk with me.'"

Graham said she never heard the police officer's order that she should get back in her car. Moments later, the police officer got out of his cruiser and grabbed her wrist.

"I pulled my arm back, grabbed my phone and called 911 to call for help," Graham said. "I told the officer I had mental and hearing disabilities and didn't understand why he was trying to hurt me."

In 911 recordings obtained by KIRO 7, Graham shouted at the police officer: "You attacked me before you said anything! There is no point whatsoever for you to touch me like that, especially with my condition, so how dare you even touch me?"

The police officer repeated on the recording: "You are under arrest."

During the 911 call, another responding officer reportedly hit Graham several times in the face.

"I am not resisting," Graham yelled.

"That woman was not resisting, I saw it," said Graham's friend, Deborah Fenwick. "That woman doesn't have a violent bone in her body. She's got a heart of gold. If she would have understood the officer's commands in the first place, she would have absolutely complied with him."

However, the police report states: "As the officer approached, Graham squared off against him in a fighter's stance and attempted to strike him with closed fists. [The officer] responded with closed fist strikes to Graham's face, which brought her to the ground where she was handcuffed."

"It was horrible," Graham said. "I just didn't understand any of it. I told him about my condition. Punching me over and over in the eye is obviously excessive force. He could have handled it a lot differently."

Source: KIRO 7

 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: adrenalinecowboys; assault; donutwatch; emergency911; leo; policebrutality
At least they didn't shoot the dog. Its all good.

/s

1 posted on 06/05/2013 12:43:11 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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A real, #ing tough guy.


2 posted on 06/05/2013 12:46:54 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

3 posted on 06/05/2013 12:47:24 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Responsibility2nd

I hate to be accused of visual profiling, but that woman’s pic is telling me, “Very crazy, often very drunk, quite often both.”

I certainly could be wrong.


4 posted on 06/05/2013 12:48:36 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Actually it looks like it may have improved her looks.


5 posted on 06/05/2013 12:49:59 PM PDT by donhunt (Certified and proud "Son of a Bitch".)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Let’s see... Using cell phone while driving, getting out of the car when pulled over, walking away from the officer, inviting him to walk with you, pulling away from the officer when he grabs you, keeping a cell phone in your hand (and dialing!) while being placed under arrest?

Oh, geeze, this is stupid with a capital S. Never mind the dog, she’s lucky SHE wasn’t shot.

6 posted on 06/05/2013 12:50:19 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m getting a great big “she deserved it” vibe on this thread which ... surprises me.


7 posted on 06/05/2013 12:54:09 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Responsibility2nd

I have trouble with both sides of this story.


8 posted on 06/05/2013 12:55:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ve never done it, but have fantasized about smacking a few females. But, we can’t let our fantasies and desires override our self control. This cop didn’t excesize self control whether she deserved it or not.


9 posted on 06/05/2013 12:56:00 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: kingu

I sure hope you were being sarcastic because not a damn one of those things on your list is grounds for being beat up by a cop.


10 posted on 06/05/2013 1:03:38 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Responsibility2nd

Why didn’t they just tazer her? What a bunch of adrenaline cowboys.


11 posted on 06/05/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Charged with “felony assault to a police officer.”

Sure. Right after the cops show the injuries they sustained from her “assault.” What the hell is wrong with these cops?


12 posted on 06/05/2013 1:09:11 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it gettingthe so hot?)
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To: kingu

Stupid is a harsh way to put it, but the article does say she has developmental disabilities. Instead of going Rambo, the officer should have recognized what he was dealing with.


13 posted on 06/05/2013 1:10:30 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Little Ray

Give the wrong answer and no jury will ever convict...


14 posted on 06/05/2013 1:12:15 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it gettingthe so hot?)
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To: Little Ray

It is very clear. The cop’s fist was repeatedly hit by her face.


15 posted on 06/05/2013 1:20:28 PM PDT by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’m getting a great big “she deserved it” vibe on this thread which ... surprises me.
________

Me, too.


16 posted on 06/05/2013 1:25:10 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: JennysCool

I hate to be accused of visual profiling, but that woman’s pic is telling me, “Very crazy, often very drunk, quite often both.”

I certainly could be wrong.
________

That’s a pretty big assumption.


17 posted on 06/05/2013 1:26:41 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: colorado tanker

Because people wear t-shirts all the time saying that they’re developmentally disabled. She just got out of her car, at the very least, it’s detailed she had a cell phone in her hand, and I’m going to bet at least car keys as well. She’s a large woman who pulled away from the officer when she was grabbed, and it was the second officer on the scene who hit her while she was still resisting the first officer.

I’m sorry, what do you think should have been done? And will you apply the same rules if it’s a 300 pound man?


18 posted on 06/05/2013 1:27:58 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: donhunt

Actually it looks like it may have improved her looks.
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Nice.


19 posted on 06/05/2013 1:28:28 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: kingu
I can sense if someone is developmentally disabled within seconds.

What should he have done? Follow his procedures for restraining arrestees, which I will bet does not involve engaging in a fistfight.

20 posted on 06/05/2013 1:36:02 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: ClearCase_guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fuDDqU6n4o


21 posted on 06/05/2013 1:36:06 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: colorado tanker

You did read the part where it was the second officer on the scene who hit her, right? After he was called to the scene as backup, meaning she was resisting for AT LEAST 4 minutes.


22 posted on 06/05/2013 1:46:08 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Damn, I haven’t seen a ‘shiner’ like that one, in many years.


23 posted on 06/05/2013 1:50:40 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"However, the police report states: "As the officer approached, Graham squared off against him in a fighter's stance and attempted to strike him with closed fists. "

Sure, that's credible.

24 posted on 06/05/2013 1:52:30 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Responsibility2nd
During the 911 call, another responding officer reportedly hit Graham several times in the face.

Wow. The nutcase peasant wench beat the crap out of his fist with her face...

25 posted on 06/05/2013 1:54:06 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Graham, who has cognitive and hearing disabilities...”

If she didn’t before... she does now.


26 posted on 06/05/2013 1:56:14 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: Responsibility2nd
However, the police report states: "As the officer approached, Graham squared off against him in a fighter's stance and attempted to strike him with closed fists. [The officer] responded with closed fist strikes to Graham's face, which brought her to the ground where she was handcuffed."

Man! The poor outgunned officer is fortunate she didn't "blade" on him, and attempt to summon The Fist of Thor.

27 posted on 06/05/2013 1:58:18 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: ClearCase_guy
I’m getting a great big “she deserved it” vibe on this thread which ... surprises me.

There are some few Freepers who can't see Fascism when it's staring them in the face.

I thought cell phone driving laws were passed under the guise of "safety". Obviously, if one of the police~poleece~foleece~fleece sees you, it's NOT safe.

28 posted on 06/05/2013 2:09:37 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: umgud
I’ve never done it, but have fantasized about smacking a few females. But, we can’t let our fantasies and desires override our self control.

Geez, dude - just become a cop already, and it's all good. Start practicing screaming "Stop resisting! Stop resisting!". Most wimminz dislike being screamed at by a man, so it's double plus good!

BTW - the "stop resisting" crap is the "tell" in this story. The fascistleece scream that when they're about to beat the crap out of you. If they were REALLY not in control of the situation, they'd be too busy to think of shouting it...

29 posted on 06/05/2013 2:15:52 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: ClearCase_guy
I’m getting a great big “she deserved it” vibe on this thread which ...

Won't get it from me. Thug cops just love an excuse to smack around citizens. Must be all the sugar they consume at the donut stop.

30 posted on 06/05/2013 2:17:15 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: muir_redwoods
The officer suddenly realized that he was faced by an acolyte of the Ancient Shao-lin Temple, and that his bacon was cooked.
31 posted on 06/05/2013 2:18:00 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: pax_et_bonum

True! But then again, I live in a mining town ... We have our share of tough, crazy and frequently inebriated women who look like that.

... and men, too, of course!


32 posted on 06/05/2013 2:22:07 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“I told the officer I was going to carry my dog 30 feet to a friend’s apartment. I told him, ‘Hey, you can walk with me.’”

“As the officer approached, Graham squared off against him in a fighter’s stance and attempted to strike him with closed fists. “

Was she holding onto her dog while in the fighters stance with her fists up? I think he thought she was too cocky and he showed her who is boss. That is my opinion.


33 posted on 06/05/2013 2:22:22 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: doorgunner69

Your a Cop and can not take down a female suspect without hitting her in the face!
I would hope there is a relative or friend that can repay this favor!


34 posted on 06/05/2013 2:24:10 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: carriage_hill

Yeah, that’s likely a broken cheekbone there. Reconstructive surgery. Cop should be looking at a charge of aggravated assault.


35 posted on 06/05/2013 2:34:26 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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She’ll be lucky if it isn’t broken in several places. They’ll have to do x-rays and wait until the swelling goes down. Helluva ‘shiner’, though. Cop did some wailing on her. That’s definitely uncalled for. He just should have shot her dog.
< /sarcasm>


36 posted on 06/05/2013 2:42:03 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: kiryandil

I’m pretty objective, but I don’t automatically assume all damsels are innocent. My ex broke me of that. As a matter of fact, had I shot her when I first wanted to, I’d have been out by now.


37 posted on 06/05/2013 2:42:29 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: kingu
I’m sorry, what do you think should have been done?

I think Officer Francis should have lightened up over the cell phone driving thingee...

She’s a large woman who pulled away from the officer when she was grabbed

I missed the part in the story where "she's a large woman".

Could you post that up for the rest of us?

38 posted on 06/05/2013 2:43:04 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: umgud
I’m pretty objective, but I don’t automatically assume all damsels are innocent.

Neither do I. I'm beginning to think that a lot of cops are learning bad things in the academies, though. Just how did she "square off" against Officer Fife when she was carrying a dog and a cell phone? Or just one of the above?

39 posted on 06/05/2013 2:47:52 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Irenic
Was she holding onto her dog while in the fighters stance with her fists up?

She must be one of them four-handed Martian wenches from John Carter of Mars - one hand for the yap-mutt, one hand for the cell phone, and two hands to go all Mike Tyson on the po' little po'po.

40 posted on 06/05/2013 2:52:05 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Responsibility2nd

Anyone else notice how much our cops & military have changed under Obama’s leadership?
Maybe it’s got to do with this administration’s lawlessness but we’ve got a real problem lately with those who have always been the ‘good guys’, suddenly acting (as a group) completely corrupt, abusive, controlling, power hungry, careless etc. etc.
They behave like they’re suddenly of a KGB mindset where the constitution is out the window.
How far off can we be from our judiciary & law enforcement making us pay bribe money for them to do their job or suffer the consequences? It happens in S America all the time...It’s a way of life there. We’re headed that way real quick.


41 posted on 06/05/2013 3:08:10 PM PDT by TabithaBliss (Obama's a tyrant!)
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To: kiryandil

I see the wisdom of reading further. No doubt she has dispatched countless ninjas with her fists of death. I understand shaolin monks can hit you so hard your grandfather will die.


42 posted on 06/05/2013 3:12:09 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: colorado tanker

“Instead of going Rambo, the officer should have recognized what he was dealing with.”

There’s your problem! A lot of LEOs have size 44 uniforms, size 4 hats, and a burning desire to beat the $h!t out of anyone for even the flimsiest reasons. They seem to not realize that they need to be the “adult.” Oh America, how far you have fallen when you read stuff like this.


43 posted on 06/05/2013 3:20:44 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: kiryandil
Just how did she "square off" against Officer Fife when she was carrying a dog and a cell phone?

Cross-examining Barney on this fact pattern is a trial lawyer's wet dream.

44 posted on 06/05/2013 3:28:03 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Responsibility2nd

I am not a police officer and have never worked in such a stressful environment to understand their thinking. With that said, I cannot comprehend a scenario with two officers present necessitating such force as to brutally beat a woman in the face to subdue her. The assaulting officer should be behind bars.


45 posted on 06/05/2013 3:49:16 PM PDT by publana (Beware the olive branch extended by a Dem for it disguises a clenched fist.)
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To: publana

Many years ago I saw a similar confrontation at a bus stop between a woman who looked like she was mentally challenged and two police officers. I was across the street as they were beating the crap out of her. I shouted at them to stop it; they did for just a moment and yelled something at me that indicated that I was next.

This was before cell phones; I went to a pay phone and called the police and was connected by dispatch to a police sergent whose only interest was covering for his officers and started accusing me of criminally interfering with his officer’s work. I went home and told my parents about it. I believe that they complained to someone, but nothing was done.

I have never been in any trouble with the police, but the incident caused me to distrust the them. Even now when I work with them on a daily basis I still remember that many are capable of misusing their power.


46 posted on 06/05/2013 5:19:19 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Even now, some posters still cling to a “blame the victim mentality”, doing all sorts of mental gymnastics to justify Criminal Government Employee Behavior.


47 posted on 06/06/2013 6:15:44 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: donhunt

Quite classy. “Joking” that a victim of assault has had her looks “improved”.


48 posted on 06/06/2013 6:17:45 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: kiryandil

Agreed. If you fantasize about hitting women (or men) without cause, you need help.

“BTW - the “stop resisting” crap is the “tell” in this story. The fascistleece scream that when they’re about to beat the crap out of you. If they were REALLY not in control of the situation, they’d be too busy to think of shouting it...”

Exactly.


49 posted on 06/06/2013 6:20:52 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: kingu

You Badge Bunnies sure make these threads interesting.


50 posted on 06/06/2013 12:18:43 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy ( Because police powers are essential to the public good that abusing them is so offensive.)
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