The Allegheny County Sheriff claimed that there was nothing spectacular about the arrest; that the officers were following routine procedure. I wouldn’t doubt that the cops’ actions are commonplace, but to suggest that there’s nothing wrong with what they did is a different story.
There was a warrant for 35-year-old Amy Needham, a mother of three, for failing to appear at a preliminary hearing to answer to a charge brought against her. The charge had apparently been reduced to “disorderly conduct.” Maybe a cop had bumped into her.
So, police arrive at her house, and I assume they help themselves in, because she was in the bathroom. No matter. They break down the door to the bathroom, shoot her with a Taser, apply arm bars and wristlocks, handcuff her and haul her off to jail.
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