After beating a man into a a coma last week, Florida deputies turned their attention to a citizen who had video recorded the beating, placing him in handcuffs and confiscating his phone, forcing him to sign a waiver that would give them the right to copy the footage.
Shaun Mahoney tried his best to maintain possession of his phone, but eventually complied after several hours in handcuffs when St. Lucie County deputies told him if he did not sign the waiver, they would take his phone anyway, but maintain possession of it for an unlimited amount of time.
That was a lie, of course, as they had no right to seize his phone in the first place.
But that is a lie they know they can get away with considering cops are never disciplined for unlawfully seizing phones as “evidence,” even though the U.S. Department of Justice made it clear there are very strict guidelines in doing this.
The deputies lied about a number of other things as well, including claiming that 29-year-old Tavares Docher was violently resisting them, leaving them no choice but to continually beat him.
But the video shows them punching him repeatedly while restraining his arms behind his back, yelling at him to “stop resisting,” even though it was clear he was not resisting.
In fact, Mahoney started recording after stepping out of a CVS Pharmacy and seeing one deputy planting his foot on the side of Docher’s face, squishing it into the asphalt, which is why he is lying in a pool of blood.
“I saw one officer elbowing in the kidney and another one elbowing him in the temple,” Mahoney said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime.
When they went after him for his phone, he placed it into his pocket, leading to one deputy to reach inside and take it from him while placing him in handcuffs.
They also accused him of “tensing up” when they grabbed him, which is another often-used justification that allows them to kill you.
“They said it was a sign I could have had a weapon,” Mahoney said.
Deputies also lied that Docher became physically aggressive towards paramedics when they arrived, which is how they’re trying to justify injecting him with an unnamed sedative, which is what they claim made him go into a coma.
As if we are that gullible to believe that hogwash.
“By the time EMS got there, he was defeated,” Mahoney said.
“He kept looking at me with eyes that seemed to say, ‘don’t let them kill me.’ He wasn’t fighting at all.”
The three deputies disappeared after an entourage of deputies and paramedics arrived, Mahoney said.
Then to top things off, St. Lucie deputies refused to tell Docher’s aunt which hospital he had been transported to, forcing her to search through local hospitals for three days before she finally found her nephew.
And when she did, it didn’t look promising.
He will most likely become another fatality at the hands of police, justified by law enforcement lies that they were merely trying to keep everybody safe when the truth is, nobody is keeping us safe from them.
According to WPBF:
Deputies said 29-year-old Tavares Docher made a hang-up 911 call inside the CVS. When deputies arrived, they said they found Docher intoxicated, unsteady on his feet and wielding a screwdriver.
According to the arrest report, a deputy was able to take the screwdriver away from Docher, but he continued to act erratically. When a deputy was trying to put him in the car, “Docher looked at all three deputies, then took off out of the car,” the report said.
Deputies caught him again and tried to put him in handcuffs. According to the report, Docher struck a deputy in the left eye while trying to bite other deputies.
Deputies said they tried to subdue Docher, but he escaped again. He was caught a few feet away and was taken to the ground.
Firefighters arrived to help, and Docher promptly kicked one of them, the report said. Eventually they were able to give Docher a shot of medicine to sedate him, and then took him to a hospital.
Docher is facing three counts of resisting an officer with violence; four felony counts of battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT; one count of disorderly intoxication and one count of escape.
Docher’s family says he suffers from mental health issues, which as we’ve seen, frequently leads to police escalating their aggression on suspects as they evidently lack the compassion, patience and training in how to handle such individuals.
Mahoney, 26, said he would not hesitate to begin video recording again if he sees law enforcement officers abusing their power.
“I walked out of CVS and saw that it was not a normal arrest,” he said. “They were using excessive force. It made me so mad that I was just shaking. I just wanted somebody to see it.”
Unfortunately, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.
Call St. Lucie Sheriff Ken J. Mascara at (772) 462-3205. Or leave a comment on the department’s Facebook page.
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