El Reno, OK - Lona M. Varner, now 87, and her grandson, Lonnie D. Tinsley, have launched legal action against the city of El Reno, officer Thomas Duran, officer Frank Tinga, officer Joseph Sandberg and other unknown police officers. They are accused of using a taser last December to subdue a disabled grandmother, then 86, in her apartment bed. [LINK]
...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. ... "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. ...
See the complete report here: [CourtHouseNews]
The only rational explanation for this event that I can imagine is that the ten officers had just left their taser training. It's a crazy explanation, but I can't think of a less insane explanation.