Ferguson Effect Is Real: Officer beaten unconscious after deciding not to pull her gun

Ferguson Effect Is Real: Officer beaten unconscious after deciding not to pull her gun

Ferguson Effect Is Real: Officer beaten unconscious after deciding not to pull her gun

Protestors keep complaining that no one is listening to them. So they keep protesting. Some even think that more action is necessary, like property damage, rioting, and violence, to get people’s attention.

They are wrong. They have people’s attention, but unfortunately, because of the ill-considered methods they are using to protest, the consequences are more negative outcomes.

Take for example, the Ferguson Effect. This is the “theory” that police have reduced their policing in violent crime areas to avoid being attacked themselves, or most likely to having their every move questioned, videoed, and put up for public consumption on the evening news. Some criticize the Ferguson Effect as not being real. There is nowhere like Chicago to prove this criticism false.


This week in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s city, a female police officer resisted drawing her weapon on a suspect who was high on PCP and eventually beat her so badly that she lost consciousness and ended up in the hospital. Two other officers were also injured trying to arrest the man at 10 o’clock in the morning. Why were they trying to arrest him in the first place? He was trying walk away after he ran his car into a storefront window. Surveillance video here.

So why wasn’t more force used, when it probably would have been justified? The female officer, a veteran of seventeen years on the force, said “[s]he didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news.”

Her colleague who visited her in the hospital said:

“As I was at the hospital last night, visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was going to die, and she knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Johnson stated. “This officer could have lost her life last night.”

Her colleague, Superintendent Johnson, said this is dangerous for all involved and that we need to change the narrative.

“This officer could have lost her life. … We have to change the narrative of the law enforcement across this country,” Johnson said.

As it turns out, once again, the suspect did not turn out to be PTA Dad of the Year.

The man responsible for the attack has “three prior firearms arrests and one conviction, as well as four arrests, following which he was charged with either resisting police, fleeing and eluding police or both.”

Suspect Parta Huff, now being held without bail for attempted murder and aggravated assault.

The account of the altercation is brutal:

As the female officer tried to place a second cuff on Huff’s wrist, he pulled away and punched the male officer in the face. That officer then deployed his Taser, striking Huff, but he pulled the prongs from his body and continued to struggle with the female officer, knocking her to the street. Huff then fell on her, injuring her shoulder.The best thing about this story is that no one died. But if a choice has to be made, the officer has every right to make this choice in her favor.

Huff repeatedly struck the female officer in the face before grabbing her by the hair and slamming her head onto the concrete until she lost consciousness.

The male officer then deployed his Taser a second time, but Huff continued to pull chunks of hair from the female officer’s head and strike her head on the pavement.

Additional officers arrived and tried to pull Huff by his legs, but he continued to resist. Another officer deployed a Taser for the third time.

The best thing about this story is that no one died. But if a choice has to be made, the officer has every right to make this choice in her favor.

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  • GWB says:

    They just released the video. It’s changed my opinion somewhat.

    The problem isn’t that she should have pulled her gun. It’s that she had absolutely no idea how to deal with a strong man resisting her coercion. In the video she is seen pulling on the man’s arm (she got one cuff on his wrist, and is pulling on the other end) like she’s trying to lead a recalcitrant mule down the road. She’s pulling as hard as she can – and it’s obvious that the man wouldn’t be budged even if he weren’t high on drugs compared to her frame and strength level.

    This is a training problem. And it’s pervasive. Because of incidents like the Rodney King “beating” (imo), police are no longer adequately trained on how to manhandle a suspect. They don’t get billies anymore (trust me – those collapsible ones are good for a civilian to carry, but aren’t as effective as a nice piece of hickory with a handle on it). They carry tactical flashlights instead of 4-D-cell Maglights.

    Proper use of a baton by this woman and the other officer could have subdued this man quickly. Come-alongs and take-downs use to be common parts of police training.
    A little judo would have gone a LONG way to teaching this woman not to go strength-vs-strength, and instead to use the man’s strength against him. (For example, pulling away, then letting the man pull back might have positioned the wrists so she could cuff both.)

    Yes, she might have been loathe to use her firearm. And I blame the idiots (BLM and the DoJ and the other racialists) that are responsible. But I also blame the police for giving in to those idiots over the years, such that most effective methods of dealing with a problem citizen/suspect have been eliminated – leaving no choices but pistols and tasers.

    BTW, this training problem is also evident in the fact that police seem to be absolutely the worst shots of anyone who carries a firearm. The average cop gets NO actual training with his firearm beyond basic safety (and, sometimes not even that I guess) and the rounds he shoots to qualify. The police who do shoot well do so because they take their own time and resources to practice and train (and, often, were trained by someone else – like the military – before becoming police).

    I would welcome any of the ladies here to school me on police training if you know otherwise. (Not just what your local department does, but what is done across the country.)

    • GWB says:

      Sorry, I forgot to link the video.

      • Jenny North says:

        Thanks GWB. I would agree that more training, more realistic training, more options, etc., is probably a good idea. I can’t speak to what law enforcement does currently, and I have heard that cops are bad shots. But, they don’t seem to be missing too much lately, according to the news.

        • GWB says:

          I suppose that I should reinforce it’s also a spinal issue. I mentioned that the other resources have been taken away because of bad (and often manipulative) press. If folks like BLM have their way, the cops will be down to using patty-cake to subdue offenders – at least if they’re of the politically correct color/race/creed.

          Also, when discussing what police should and should not be able to do, remember that police should have no powers that an ordinary citizen doesn’t have. The only difference is their direct association with the state (so they can get warrants, build jails, etc.).

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