Police officer in Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office has been suspended – for dumping a man with quadriplegia out on his face.
Brian Sterner was brought in on a warrant for a traffic vioaltion. Charlette Marshall-Jones, who didn’t believe he was a “real” quadriplegic, grabbed the handles and dumped Sterner out of his wheelchair. He fell like a ton of bricks, terrified and completely vulnerable, and he later found that two ribs were broken. The officer then frisked him on the floor, while another officer in the vicinity appeared to grin and ignore it. The movie:
Disbelief, disrespect, assault with bodily harm, indignity, and the systematic and deliberate stripping away of your humanity, dignity and any physical ability you may have had to resist. Complete and total assertion of dominance.
Maybe think about the next time, parking-space whingers. Not that any of you Hoydenizens are the ones who niggle and grouch when someone takes a blue space and you don’t believe that they’re really disabled. If you do carp and snark and speculate on their illness or otherwise, you have the same mindset as this officer; just less power.
This is why I am far more wary out in public since I got sick. When I was fit and healthy, I walked from Northbridge to home without turning a hair, I took the subway to 113th St after 1 pm, I travelled the world alone head held high. Now I’m cautious. I felt exposed and vulnerable chewing out a guy in a busy dog-free park for having his German Shepherd out of his sight and out of his control in the children’s playground. I back away from things, I mind my own business most of the time. Because while I’m not in a wheelchair, I am physically vulnerable. And I often have the Lad with me too, and if I can’t protect him, what use am I?