From Courthouse News:
LITTLE ROCK (CN) – A city cop in Arkansas chased a woman through her workplace, shooting a Taser at her, because she refused to show him her breasts, the woman claims in court.
Ashlea Bennett sued the City of Haskell, Ark. and its police Officer Brandon Carter, in Federal Court.
She claims Carter “demanded that she expose her breasts to him” after he entered her workplace while on duty and wearing his uniform.
“Carter’s demands to the Plaintiff to expose herself to him occurred multiple times,” she says in the lawsuit.
It continues: “That the Plaintiff refused to show her breasts to Carter.
“That, upon her refusal, Carter drew his City of Haskell-issued electroshock Taser weapon from his utility belt, pointed the weapon at plaintiff, and threatened to deploy the same against her if she would not expose her breasts to him.
“That, upon seeing the threat of unlawful force, the plaintiff took physical flight and ran from Carter.”
Officer Carter then “proceeded to physically chase the plaintiff through her place of employment,” the complaint states.
It continues: “That, while chasing the plaintiff, Carter activated and deployed his electroshock Taser weapon in ‘drive stun’ mode numerous times at or directed at the plaintiff. That Carter did these actions with the intention of causing fear, imminent fear of bodily harm, and/or emotional distress to gain the plaintiff’s compliance with his sexual demands.”
Haskell is a town of fewer than 4000 people in Saline County, Arkansas. The woman also claims that city authorities knew or should have known about Carter’s habits because he had been making “inappropriate sexual actions under color of law” before this event. If her charges prove true this would be one more instance where small local government is just as tyrannical as anything the Feds could dream up. The cop could not possibly take such action if he didn’t think his bosses would let him get away with it.
We are turning into a banana republic from the ground up, not just from the top down.
The theory is that government is supposed to protect people from predators.
In practice government gives an opportunity for predators to prey.
It hires them as the most qualified for the job.