FHP Trooper with History of Abuse Still on the Job as His Victims Suffer

(WTSP)   The Florida Highway Patrol trooper who shot and injured a cemetery owner on September 10, 2012 has been cleared of any wrongdoing by FHP.

Shortly before 6 o’clock on the morning of September 10, 2012, Trooper Daniel Cole was tracking a stolen motorcycle to the Royal Palm North cemetery in Pinellas Park at 2600 Gandy Boulevard North.

The owner of the cemetery, Cliff Work, was there and after he armed himself — thinking he was being robbed — Trooper Cole opened fire, shooting 18 rounds from his Smith & Wesson AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Work was hit in the leg.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also investigated and cleared Cole last fall. As for the stolen motorcycle, it was dumped in a wooded area next to the cemetery and Work had no idea it was there.

But that incident isn’t the first time Cole’s actions have come under the microscope. In just over a decade, he shot an unarmed minister during a traffic stop as the pastor reached for his own wallet. He also tasered an unarmed teenage girl who was handcuffed.

That incident has left her in a vegetative state.

Her mother, Cheryl Maudsley, is completely stunned that Trooper Cole still has a job with the Florida Highway Patrol. She believes he took her daughter Danielle’s life.

She says, “My daughter is going to die because of Officer Cole.”

Dash cam video shows the 19-year-old handcuffed and running away from Cole.

Photo Gallery: Dash cam images of woman’s Tasing

He fires his taser at her back and hits her. Danielle’s head hits the pavement.

Her mother says, “She was afraid. He had to step back to pull his taser at my child… 50,000 volts went through a 92-pound girl, handcuffed [and] a couple of feet away from him.”

Two years later, the photographs show a much different Danielle. Now 21, she is blind, unable to walk, has a feeding tube and wears diapers at a rehabilitation facility in Orlando.

Cheryl says, “At this time, she’s not doing well. We recently put a DNR on her, which is ‘do not resuscitate.’”

Cheryl says she put the order in just a few days ago and knows any day now she could get a phone call that her daughter is gone.

She adds, “Dear Lord knows it just breaks my heart.  I wonder how he [Trooper Cole] would feel if it was one of his children, his mother, his sister. Him. You’re not above the law, because you have a badge.”

10 News stopped by Trooper Cole’s home on Friday as we have several times before to get his side of the story, but this time his cruiser wasn’t parked in his driveway and though it appeared someone was inside, no one answered the door.

But in audio published by the FHP and posted on YouTube, an investigator can be heard questioning Trooper Cole. While the video clearly shows Danielle is barely a step ahead of him as they leave the FHP substation in Pinellas Park on U.S. 19, he’s already had time to pull and point his taser.

He tells the investigator that Danielle would have gotten away.  The investigator asks, “Did you think she was capable of outrunning you?”

Cole replies, “Yes, she was already outrunning me.”

Comments

7 Responses to “FHP Trooper with History of Abuse Still on the Job as His Victims Suffer”
  1. R.Sooriamoorthy says:

    This pillock deserves to be shat upon until he suffocates to death.

  2. mike says:

    message to police dept.. stop giving fat, lazy, dooshbags, tasers. and to the unions that stand up for criminals on the force.. you should all rot in hell scumbag punks. thats about as bad as defending rapists and watnot

  3. Michael says:

    come to Canada fuck tard I will send you home feet first

  4. brian boru says:

    The long litany of violence against the public by vicious, psychopathic thugs like Cole happens because the even more evil psychopaths in charge want it to be this way. The ‘Thug in Charge’ in the White House boasts how he is good at killing people, the vast majority completely innocent of any crime, and the sheep just go back to grazing. The US is a sick, evil society that has spread its sickness and violence against humanity and nature all over the planet. It, and the gangster state in occupied Palestine, cannot die too soon.

  5. Jim Nasium says:

    The problem here is systemic. It is not confined to a single individual or even a single jurisdiction.The key to unlock the cage we all find ourselves in at this time is the judiciary. This branch of government was created, in part, to protect the people from the ambitions and excesses of the other branches of government. Nearly all important issues are ultimately determined in a courtroom. Citizens no longer have direct access to grand juries and find that their complaints are first filtered through the political office of the district attorney who will refuse to press charges Litigants are routinely denied standing or due process in the courts to frustrate those who seek justice from the state.
    In Marbury v. Madison the supreme court ruled that an unconstitutional statute is void “ab initio” or from it’s inception. It reasonably follows that one of the first issues before any court should be the constitutionality of the law involved. Judges swear an oath to support and defend the constitution, within which is found your right to due process of law. Why is it that a denial of due process, the very definition of a void judgement, never renders any judgement void or results in prosecution of the judge for perjury of his oath?
    Judges are the gatekeepers of society. We depend upon them for redress and remedy. They have failed. In order to obtain remedy we must take back our courts by holding judges accountable.
    “Jail For Judges” is a concept which creates an external review board to hear complaints of judges actions and negligence and to sanction judges up to and including imprisonment. When judges must choose between according due process to litigants and going to jail for failure to do so, that is when people will receive due process and not a minute before. When “Jail For Judges” becomes law in any single jurisdiction, i.e. any state of the union, a person need only move to that state long enough to establish residency in order to qualify to petition the court for vacation of a facially void judgement, which is the court record of a case which demonstrates a denial of due process.
    People must qualify ballot initiatives to institute “Jail For Judges” and re-institute direct access for the public to grand juries to facilitate indictments against govt. actors who commit crimes. In this way the system may be used to purify itself and to return our country to a constitutionally restrained republic.

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