FORT WORTH, Texas - A Granbury woman says Fort Worth police used excessive force while arresting her two weeks ago at a bar. She’s filed a formal complaint against the department.
Twenty-nine-year-old Tiffany Davis admits she was drinking that night at the Electric Cowboy in Fort Worth. But she doesn’t think she did anything to warrant an officer breaking her arm.
“It hurt so bad. I’ve never had a broken bone before,” she said.
According to her arrest report, Davis punched another man while police were arresting him. Then officers went after her.
“The cop came bombarded behind me, grabbed me by the neck and just threw me and just threw me into the tables,” she said. “He said, ‘Stop resisting! Stop resisting!’ How am I resisting arrest? He’s on top of me and he’s a big guy. Well about that time I heard something pop in my arm, and I said something’s not right.”
Davis’ account is close to the police report itself which states she was, “actively resisting. Officer Loud then pushed her back to the ground at which point he heard a snap in her arm. Officer Loud was then able to place Tiffany in handcuffs.”
Later Davis’ X-rays showed a bone in her arm was broken in two places.
She filed a complaint against Fort Worth police. The department confirmed there is an open investigation into the incident but won’t comment.
And so far, police haven’t charged Davis with any crime.
“Given what I read in the police report she probably would have been charged with public intoxication, assault and resisting arrest – all misdemeanors. The fact that they didn’t charge her with a crime, in my line of work, leads me to believe they’re coving their backside,” said Attorney Pete Schulte.
My first reaction? She shouldn’t have attacked anyone! Especially in front of the damn police! But let’s be realistic here. Even if you break the law in front of the police, that does not give them the right to attack you and break your arm. Police like to tackle people, squish them, choke them, hurt them, electrocute them, while at the same time saying “stop resisting” when they’re obviously not. Many times people do resist. But police just expect people to resist and when citizens put their hands up to protect their face, that is seen as a form of aggression and resistance.