Prosecutors and judges – and law and order types in general – are always on about “once a criminal, always a criminal”, and frankly, given some of the recidivism rates of our clients, sometimes I tend to think there’s some truth to some of it before I come to my senses.
Which is why I really enjoyed this delicious bite of schadenfreude. Remember the three cops in this video beating the tasered man in a park in Bridgeport? (I mean, how could you not? It was three days ago.) Turns out two of them are the subject of a previous separate brutality complaint. Filed by a disabled man. Shame on you, officers.
On May 23, 2011, three days after the Beardsley Park beating reportedly took place, Officer Christina Arroyo stopped Ramon Sierra for questioning, Sierra claims in a letter that he wrote to Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. seeking an investigation.
Another officer, Elson Morales — who is one of the officers identified in the Beardsley Park videotape — soon arrived at the scene at the corner of Boston and Noble avenues.
Sierra said that, without warning, Morales “put his hands on me, and I asked him what he was doing.” ”The next thing I knew, Officer Morales and an officer later identified as Officer (Joseph) Lawlor both threw me violently to the ground, and on the way down, the left side of my face struck one of the police cars on the scene, causing a bad laceration,” the complaint states. Lawlor is also identified in the Beardsley Park videotape. Sierra said that one of the officers then told him to put his hands behind his back, but because he has limited use of his right arm, he was unable to do so. Sierra said that he is disabled and is partially paralyzed on the left side as well as having limited mobility on his right. ”I told the officers this, but they continued to assault me violently, finally handcuffing my hands in front of my body,” Sierra wrote in his letter to Gaudett.
So what happened to Sierra? Exactly the same thing that happens to people who “force” officers to use “physical force”:
Sierra was transported to the hospital and later charged with interfering with a police officer and assaulting a public safety officer. His criminal case is pending at Superior Court in Bridgeport.
Remember, our Appellate and Supreme Courts will ignore video evidence in order to sustain a conviction of Assault on an Officer.
Hey, at least my clients have excuses for their recidivism, so poignantly captured in this documentary video from 1961, set to uplifting music: