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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
    In heels

    OR - Police accused of brutalizing 71 year old woman, Portland

    She was 71 years old.

    She was blind.

    She needed her 94-year-old mother to come to her rescue.

    And in the middle of the dogfight -- in which Eunice Crowder was pepper-sprayed, Tasered and knocked to the ground by Portland's courageous men in blue -- the poor woman's fake right eye popped out of its socket and was bouncing around in the dirt.

    How vicious and ugly can the Portland police get? Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a winner. This 2003 case is so blatant, the use of force so excessive, the threat of liability so intimidating that the city just approved a $145,000 settlement.

    But all those gung-ho fans of the cops can relax. Nothing has changed. Nothing will upset the status quo.

    The cops aren't apologizing.

    The cops aren't embarrassed.

    The cops haven't been disciplined.

    And the cops are still insisting, to the bitter end, that they "reasonably believed" this blind ol' bat was a threat to their safety and macho culture.

    Eunice Crowder, you see, didn't follow orders. Eunice was uncooperative. Worried a city employee was hauling away a family heirloom, a 90-year-old red toy wagon, she had the nerve to feel her way toward the trailer in which her yard debris was being tossed.

    Enter the police. Eunice, who is hard of hearing, ignored the calls of Officers Robert Miller and Eric Zajac to leave the trailer. When she tried, unsuccessfully, to bite the hands that were laid on her, she was knocked to the ground.

    When she kicked out at the cops, she was pepper-sprayed in the face with such force that her prosthetic marble eye was dislodged. As she lay on her stomach, she was Tased four times with Zajac's electric stun gun.

    And when Nellie Scott, Eunice's 94-year-old mother, tried to rinse out her daughter's eye with water from a two-quart Tupperware bowl, what does Miller do? According to Ernie Warren Jr., Eunice's lawyer, the cop pushed Nellie up against a fence and accused her of planning to use the water as a weapon.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    I'm completely disgusted by this story. I'm so disgusted, I don't even know what to say.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    In heels
    Me too LP.. made me feel ill when I read it... this poor blind woman and her old Mom trying to help,

    I am shocked at the behavior of the police officers.. I feel sick about it

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    I, too, don't know what to say about this, except How Could They?!?! They even pushed the 94 year old mother against the fence, supposedly fearing she was going to use WATER as a weapon ?!?!?!

    I'm glad she'll be getting a settlement, but I think the officers involved need to apologize, and should be punished with some time off without pay. Maybe they need a refresher course in one of the classes that teaches them to protect and serve, not abuse an elderly, handicapped woman!

    Ok, I guess I did have something to say about this. This is what happens to me late at night, I ramble. Is why I don't usually stay up this late - but I had coffee too late today and I'm wired.
    *My posts are my opinions, expressed freely thanks to the First Amendment.*

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