Police Taser 86-Year-Old Bedridden Granny

COP: She took ‘aggressive posture in her bed’…

(COURT HOUSE NEWS)   Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn’t breathe, after her grandson called 911 seeking medical assistance, the woman and her grandson claim in Oklahoma City Federal Court. Though the grandson said, “Don’t Taze my granny!” an El Reno police officer told another cop to “Taser her!” and wrote in his police report that he did so because the old woman “took a more aggressive posture in her bed,” according to the complaint.
Lonnie Tinsley claims that he called 911 after he went to check on his grandmother, whom he found in her bed, “connected to a portable oxygen concentrator with a long hose.” She is “in marginal health, [and] takes several prescribed medications daily,” and “was unable to tell him exactly when she had taken her meds,” so, Tinsley says, he called 911 “to ask for an emergency medical technician to come to her apartment to evaluate her.”
In response, “as many as ten El Reno police” officers “pushed their way through the door,” according to the complaint.
The grandma, Lona Varner, “told them to get out of her apartment.”
The remarkable complaint continues: “Instead, the apparent leader of the police [defendant Thomas Duran] instructed another policeman to ‘Taser her!’ He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff ‘took a more aggressive posture in her bed,’ and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.
“Lonnie Tinsley told them, ‘Don’t taze my Granny!’ to which they responded that they would Taser him; instead, they pulled him out of her apartment, took him down to the floor, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car.
“The police then proceeded to approach Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.
“The police then fired a Taser at her and only one wire struck her, in the left arm; the police then fired a second Taser, striking her to the right and left of the midline of her upper chest and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out.
“The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her.
“The police freed Lonnie Tinsley from his incarceration in the back of the police car and permitted him to accompany the ambulance with his grandmother.”
Tinsley says the cops capped it all off by having his grandmother “placed in the psychiatric ward at the direction of the El Reno police; she was held there for six days and released.”
“As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, the plaintiff Lona M. Varner suffered the unlawful restraint of her freedom, bodily injury, assault, battery, the trashing of her apartment, humiliation, loss of personal dignity, infliction of emotional distress and medical bills.”
They seek punitive damages for constitutional violations, from the City of El Reno, Duran, Officers Frank Tinga and Joseph Sandberg.
They are represented by Brian Dell of Oklahoma City.



6 Responses to Police Taser 86-Year-Old Bedridden Granny

  • Is it a police state yet? Getting damn close!

  • Someone needs to take these cops out and shoot them in the street, they are nothing but scum and they need to be dead. Their entire families should be shot in the face and burned. Worthless pigs.

  • F&^%$ the Police!!! These men just get off on hurting other people, they are thugs that should be locked up and the key thrown away. But, then in this police state that will not happen. Perhaps the community should get together, break both their legs and arms, put them in a bed and torture them with tasers until they pass out and then claim that we were afraid they might get out of the bet and hurt us with their broken arms and legs, so we had to taser them.

  • Why is this only in civil court? Why are these men not being criminally prosecuted? Where is the community? There should be thousands in front of the police station demanding All step down from the Chief on down. Scorched Station policy. Leave nothing and start over from scratch, thinking PEACE force not POLICE force. Too many police are trained by blackwater today.

  • Mark: These men did something awful and I think they should be charged in a court of law for it..

    But shooting them in the streets like pigs, and their entire families being shot and burned?

    Thats.. well, thats more than unjust. Their families didn’t even have anything to do with it, but they should be burned for it?

    You’re worse than these cops.

  • This is almost unbelievable. I would love to see the filings in the defense just not the one side filings.

    There has to be more to this…

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