Answer: probably not, but the point is that Jeremy Christian complained about his restraints being too tight on video repeatedly and Portland Police officers including Johnson don’t appear to do anything in response to his complaints. They were at the hospital and should have at least asked the medical staff to examine his hands and legs to make sure the restraints were not too tight. Tight restraints are no joke. Too tight and they constitute torture because the person in the tight restraints is in constant unnecessary pain as a result.
I myself was left in bone tight shackles and cuffs for about an hour before being forced to walk to medical at the United States Penitentiary in Victorville, California (USP Victorville). That and other facts stemming from that incident led to me filing a lawsuit against the United States under Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). It is common in law enforcement for officers to tighten shackles and restraints excessively on prisoners they don’t like. It happened to me and it probably happened to Jeremy Christian. It is really hard to make a case against an officer for intentionally tightening the restraints because they will just say they did not know the restraints were that tight. However, what excuse does officer Johnson have for not checking the restraints to make sure they were not too tight? Being called the n-word by the prisoner non-stop does not justify failing to make sure he was not in pain.
Officer Johnson was nice enough to do what Jeremy wanted when he said “tase me, n*****” even though he knew it would inflict pain. By doing so Officer Johnson established that he may respond favorably to Jeremy’s requests when addressed in that fashion. How was Jeremy to know that Johnson operates with a double standard for requests that don’t cause him physical pain?
Published at Mon, 03 Feb 2020 20:59:12 +0000