|Cotati tasing caught on video
Police enter home and tase man after couple in domestic argument refuses to open door
The Cotati Police Department currently is investigating circumstances surrounding an incident where officers, responding to reports of domestic violence, entered a home and shot a resident with a taser gun before taking him into custody.
The incident, which occurred on Friday, May 10, was caught on video and released on YouTube.
“The Cotati Police Department is aware of the video which has been posted on the Internet,” Police Chief Mike Parish said in a press release. “There is an ongoing criminal investigation and there will be no additional statements. We will be conducting an administrative review of the incident to ensure all policies and procedures were followed.”
According to a police report, Cotati Police dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen reporting a domestic disturbance in the 7000 block of Marsh Way.
Upon arrival, officers heard a heated argument between a male and female in the backyard of the residence. The officers attempted to contact the two who were arguing, but they ran inside and locked the door.
The couple refused to allow officers to investigate the incident and would not allow them inside their home so officers could check on their well being. Officers forced entry into the residence and tased 33-year-old James Wood.
The incident resulted in three people arrested for resisting and obstructing a peace officer. Two were cited and released at the scene, but Wood was booked into Sonoma County Jail. Officers also checked the well being of a toddler who was also in the residence but determined she was unharmed.
The video shows Cotati offices demanding the couple open the door so they can investigate and the couple refusing. It also shows the couple admitting to having an argument but denying any type of domestic violence.
Cotati officers, before kicking down the door, asked the residents why they refused to open the door, to which one said, “We don’t live in a police state sir…martial law has not been established in this country.”
The police then ordered the residents inside to get on the ground with their hands behind their back because they were going to kick the door down.
When the police kicked the door down, the residents had not gotten on the ground and protested their entry. Wood, after telling an officer not to touch the woman inside, was tased.
Simultaneously with the police contact at this location, and before any non-warranted intrusion, the close neighbor who called 911 must be "de-briefed," insuring that the call is legitimate and requires a response commensurate with an actual DV incident. If the neighbor's call was an over-reaction that didn't rise to the threshold required to be truly DV then an apology and standing down are easily, and professionally tendered. End of story...
This is where the situation becomes sticky. Since the call wasn't made from within the home the Cotati Police attacked, and the police used the bogus domestic violence call as the reason/pretext to perpetrate actual brutal violence, their legal basis for this home invasion and violent confrontation is problematical at best.
The possible flawed personality of a resident, alleged elsewhere by possibly the same person who called the police, doesn't excuse any of the police perpetrated "over-the-top" violence, including breaking down the door, the assault and battery of all of those inside and using the sometimes lethal taser on any occupants. Or arrests made to cover-up and rationalize their errors. Shame on these police!
Completely unnecessary, and ridiculously violent reaction by police that today believe that they have the power to do what they want to any of us whenever they desire.
Protect and serve? Who? You or me?
NO! Today we are prey, and the police are the predators armed and armored, with itchy trigger fingers! They are now tasked with keeping us in order, they are on the front lines of the corporate controlled governments war on dissent. Their task, among others, is to instill the fear/terror so we can be more easily controlled.
How is that working so far? Amazingly well in the USA! In the rest of the developed world, not so much. Elsewhere the people would be in the streets when they are being exploited and abused by their government.
That is what (was once) OUR government is terrified of, that the people will soon get so frustrated by the nations downward spiral, the loss of our civil and human rights while the wealth only we created is funneled into just a few "pockets," we will be in the streets ourselves agitating for changes.