This week disturbing dashcam footage surfaced, of an Indianapolis police offer shoving a paraplegic man so hard that he and his entire wheelchair flip over. I’m not a sensitive guy but this made even me, who’s seen anything and everything on the internet, cringe!
WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS…
The incident occurred back on October 1, 2013. The police were called to a charter school after reports that someone was carrying a gun in a backpack. As you know these threats are taking super serious so Lafayette police were quick to arrive on the scene.
Once there, the officers find out that 25 year old, Nicholas Kincade was the culprit, though it wasn’t a handgun but a pocket knife. ..and that Kincade was a paraplegic. A pocket knife on a man confined to a wheel chair is a lot less dangerous than anyone carrying a gun; so everyone should have been relieved…and happy.
The police issued Kincade a warning for trespassing and he was free to go.
This is where the video picks up. As Kincade was leaving in his electronic wheelchair, he rolls over the foot of Lieutenant Tom Davidson. Davidson does not take this lightly. As soon as the wheelchair hits Davidson’s foot, he, two-hand shoves Kincade over so hard that his entire wheelchair tips over spilling the paraplegic onto the pavement.
Then you can hear Davidson yell,
Whoa – that the f*ck
You don’t drive over me
You can hear Kincade saying that it was an accident. If you watch closely, you can see that Davidson had more time to move his foot than Kincade had to steer the wheel chair. You can actually see that Kincade set the angle to avoid the officers foot.
They then actually arrest Kincade on charges of battery on a police officer despite the man saying that he didn’t see the officers foot.
DAVIDSON KEEPS HIS JOB
Davidson’s conduct was reviewed by the Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission. This is a board of civilians that vote on police hiring, promotions and disciplinary measures. They agreed that the Lieutenant did not violate the official rules of “responding to resistance” and he was able to keep his job.
Davison was suspended for 30 days during the investigation and demoted.
I guess a positive in all of this, is that Davidson did not receive support from fellow officers. Police Chief Patrick Flannelly and six members of the command staff unanimously agreed that Davidson used excessive force and conduct unbecoming a police officer — and should be fired.
Davidson will now be back on the streets, continuing to “Serve and Protect”. I have one word – KARMA.