by Brian A. Wilkins
on behalf of
Mr. Jermaine Walmsley and his wife, Lurinda Hatathli
Arizona governor Jan Brewer recently said, in defense of her signing SB1070 (the state’s new illegal immigration law), that people simply “must trust the police” to enforce the laws with integrity. What happened to Mr. Jermaine Walmsley in the early morning hours of June 12 not only proves why Brewer is a simple-minded puppet to the Arizona “all-boys” GOP, but also why Americans need to become more vigilant with Second Amendment Rights, and protecting themselves against police state henchmen.
It was around 2 a.m. that Saturday morning when Mrs. Lurinda Hatathli called Mesa Police after she and her husband, Mr. Jermaine Walmsley got in an argument and she wanted him to leave. When police arrived, Mr. Walmsley, 36, was outside the couple’s apartment building on Mesa Drive, just north of Main Street, sitting on a curb with two of the couple’s children. As soon as Mesa cops arrived, one of them, “Officer” Pascarella, immediately pulled out a Taser and aimed the red laser pointer at Mr. Walmsley’s throat, and ordered him to put a cigarette out that he was smoking. Mr. Walmsley, who had a cell phone in one hand and the cigarette in the other, put his arms parrallel to the ground, and started kneeling down to put the cigarette out, according to witnesses. Mr. Walmsley slipped and stumbled slightly as he was trying to put the cigarette out, which caused the police to go into a primitive rage which far too many Americans have experienced.
The three cops who were on the scene (Pascarella, along with “officers” E. Fire and J. Gardner), unprovoked, attacked Mr. Walmsley, all of them throwing closed-fist punches at the victim’s face (as his children and wife watched) until he fell to the ground unconscious. One of the cops then jumped on the unconscious victim’s back, grabbed the back of his head, and slammed his face into the concrete sidewalk at least three times, according to witnesses. There are still pieces of Mr. Walmsley’s face in the sidewalk.
Of course, in keeping with standard U.S. police state protocol, the cops tell an entirely different story. According to Mesa Police, “Officer” T. Pascarella (badge # 16789) pulled out his “X26 Taser” because Mr. Walmsley would not cooperate with an “order to sit down.” (see PDF of the
Photo from emedicine.medscape.com.
Or the pictures of Mr. Walmsley after the brutal assault he endured at the hands of these gangsters posing as “officers” might tell the story better.
Mr. Jermaine Walmsley, in a Scottsdale Hospital after the attack.
Mr. Walmsley, of course, was charged with resisting arrest, “criminal damaging,” and several other arbitrary felony “crimes.” And what’s really scary about this latest police state incident in Arizona (since the state is now right up there with Louisiana and California police state policies) is that the worst is yet to be told regarding the victim.
Maricopa County justice soon took over for Mr. Walmsley, as he would spend the next 28 days in Maricopa County Jails, with a broken face needing plastic surgery and other “adjustments” immediately. And he was left to rely on Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is being criminally and otherwise investigated by the Justice Department and FBI, and Arpaio’s Correctional Health Services, which of course lost its national accreditation from the National Commission On Correctional Health Care almost two years ago.
Mr. Walmsley was denied medical treatment for his broken face and denied any sort of pain medication besides aspirin for the entire 28 days. And now, as a result of Maricopa County jail medical personnel, and their “who gives a damn” attitude about pre-trial, non-prisoner citizens’ health and well-being, Mr. Walmsley will have to endure even more pain to fix his face.The victim was told that he would have to have his face “re-broken” and re-assembled, as a result of Maricopa County’s deliberate indifference. The bones started to heal the wrong way within days, as again, Mr. Walmsley was in need of immediate plastic surgery after the attack by Mesa Police.
But lets forget for a moment about this first nightmare Mr. Walmsley has to worry about. The reasons he didn’t get the treatments he needed were Mesa Police and Maricopa County justice. Mr. Walmsley and his wife, Lurinda, were told by “Officer Jones,” via telephone voice message from Jones, that Mr. Walmsley would not be arrested because of his severe injuries. But don’t take my word for it…listen to the voicemail yourself. /files/111943-104535/Dismissed_Walmsley.pdf”>PDF here). And though Mr. Walmsley was ordered released immediately, he did not finally get out of jail until four days later, Saturday, July 10.
Mr. Walmsley and Mrs. Lurinda Hatathli have said they may file claim notices not only against the City of Mesa, but also Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, for the obvious Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process violations. We informed wife and husband that they have six months to file state claim notices and two years to file federal claims.
Of course, our call to the Mesa Police Department was transferred several times before we gave up. A message left with “Officer Jones” was never returned.
Phoenix Copwatch is a citizen’s group formed in 1998 to combat abuse by the police in our community. We use a variety of means to fight police abuse, including community patrols, videotaping of police activity, and education. Copwatch is completely independent from the police, all other law enforcement agencies, the government, and all political parties. Although Copwatch groups exist in many other cities around the world, they all operate independently, and there is no national or international body that oversees our organization. All of our members are unpaid volunteers who freely dedicate their time to ending police abuse.