Watch: Deputy Wrestles Quadruple Amputee In Tucson To The Floor
Posted On May 18, 2020
TUCSON, AZ — Disorderly conduct charges filed against a Tucson 15-year-old named Immanuel, abandoned by his parents and living in a group home, have been dismissed, but the investigation into the Pima County sheriff’s deputy’s rough treatment of quadruple amputee is ongoing.
Immanuel has neither arms nor legs. He had only his voice to fight back when the deputy, twice his size, wrestled him to the hard concrete floor and pinned him there, face down.
The deputy tried to quiet that, too, shouting profanities at Immanuel andC.J., a 16-year-old who was recording the encounter on his cell phone and attempted to intervene. Deputies pushed C.J.’S head into the wall after placing him in cuffs, according to media reports.
Both teens were arrested, jailed and charged with disorderly conduct.
The deputy responded to the group home on the morning of Sept. 26 after Immanuel knocked over a trash can and was screaming. It’s unclear what set off the disturbance, reported Thursday by KOLD-TV after receiving a copy of cell phone video of the deputy wrestling the quadruple amputee.
Warning: This video contains profanity and may be disturbing to some viewers.
That’s the least of the concerns of Pima County Public Defender Joel Feinman, whose office is representing both teens.
“These are kids who have already been traumatized in some way,” Feinman told The Washington Post, telling the newspaper that Immanuel is a ward of the state after he was abandoned by his parents.
“Fifteen-year-olds who have not been through what Immanuel went through act out all the time,” Feinman said, adding that if parents treated their children that way when they misbehave, “they might be arrested for child abuse.”
C.J., the teen who recorded the video, showed it to his attorney.
Feinman told The Post the video was “horrific” and that he and many of his colleagues cried the first time they saw it.
“We’re public defenders, so we have an iron stomach for a lot of things, but this was especially terrible,” he said.
Immanuel told his public defender, Sam Jurgena, that he wanted the video shared with the media to protect other group home residents.
“He wanted to talk, he wanted to have the video on the news because he wanted to make sure something good comes from this,” Jurgena told KOLD. “He just wants to make sure this does not happen to other kids in the system.”
Feinman told The Post the incident might never have come to light if C.J. hadn’t recorded the video. When C.J. was handcuffed by deputies, another group home resident started recording the encounter.
All charges have been dismissed against Immanuel. The charges against C.J., the teen who filmed the incident, also are expected to be dropped.
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