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Masslive: Police Chief Eric Gillis has released controversial video footage of a violent encounter between three officers and a man in police custody that prompted the firings of two veteran patrolmen and a sergeant in October. The June 19, 2016 footage depicts ousted officers John P. Moccio, Edward B. Connor and Anthony Grasso struggling with David Desjardins Jr., 27, who had been arrested at the Wahoo Tiki Bar at Six Flags New England. Police were called by park security after Desjardins became belligerent when a bartender shut him off, according to a report. The police narrative states Desjardins became combative with officers at the park and was pepper-sprayed several times.
A lawyer for the officers has argued Desjardins was the aggressor and police used appropriate force to subdue him. However, Gillis contends the three used excessive force and violated other departmental policies during the clash. The Republican filed a public records request for the video and other materials, and Gillis released the footage and an internal investigation report after Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni informed him he did not intend to pursue criminal charges against any of the officers.
Additionally, John D. Connor, an attorney for the officers, released still images of the video late Wednesday along with a statement calling for the release of the video.
Gulluni confirmed he met with Gillis on Friday.
“I did inform him verbally that the office, based on an investigation and review of the evidence, would not be pursuing criminal charges against any of the three officers,” Gulluni said in an interview Thursday afternoon. “Any further detail will come in the way of a formal written decision that will come in the near term.”
Gillis said that although his decision to fire the officers triggered considerable backlash, he is confident the terminations were justified.
“When I saw the video I was shocked by it. I knew that it was very serious and as the investigation proceeded it became more and more clear to me how serious it really was. As chief of police it’s my job to make sure that our officers conduct themselves appropriately at all times and deal with the people we come into contact with appropriately at all times.”
The video depicts a struggle in a holding cell with an apparently intoxicated Desjardins after officers led him from the booking area. John Connor has argued Desjardins threw “a vicious elbow strike” to one Grasso’s face and later put Grasso in a headlock. Edward Connor and Grasso wrestle Desjardins to a bench in the cell and Moccio strikes him several times with a baton.
If you haven’t watched the video, then do so and reach your own conclusion. But Turtleboy’s opinion this is an easy one – the cops did absolutely NOTHING wrong, and this guy deserved and earned that whoopin. Let’s go to the play by play.
As the cops are bringing him in, he is actively resisting the entire time. At one point he frees himself by trying to hit the officer with his elbow:
And it works:
As the officer’s try to restrain him, he then tries to punch one of them:
Then he grabs the cop by the back of the neck:
Despite the fact that there are two cops on him, he continues to resist and wrestle with the officer:
At any point he could’ve grabbed the officer’s gun and this could’ve had a much worse ending.
Soon afterwards he gets Officer Grasso in a headlock, he can’t breathe, and his three brothers in blue try to help him out:
When they can’t get him out of the headlock, that’s when Officer Moccio busts out the baton:
But Desjardins thinks he’s fucking Superman, so he continues to resist. That’s when Moccio starts gently tapping him in the calf:
Not the calf muscle!!! That’s where all the lactic acid is!!! I don’t know the first thing about takedowns, but after watching that I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that this is something cops are taught to do to get a suspect to release another person from a headlock.
But that doesn’t initially work either. Desjardins starts to kick his legs and continues to resist, so Moccio taps him a couple more times:
Yet Six Flags’ finest alcoholic finds a way to squirm his legs out again in an attempt to kick one of the officers:
But there was no stopping this nudnik, as he simply refused to give up, and kept kicking anyway:
In an attempt to stop him, Officer Moccio pushes his legs against the wall:
Finally they appear to have him restrained:
But then as they attempt to leave the cell, he’s like “psych,” that was just round 1 bitches:
As he attempts to go out for the sound of the bell, the cops clearly are telling him to sit his drunk ass back down:
But then he’s like, “nah, I came here to party – let’s dance”:
Then Officer Moccio is like, “I will shut that shit down”:
And tosses him into the corner of the bed:
You would think that would be the end of it. But this is a guy who came all the way to Agawam to do two things – ride the roller coaster and kick someone’s ass. Looks like he already went on the roller coaster:
As you can see, Officer Moccio lets him know, if you continue to stand up and fight us, I will fuck you up. Make a choice. Guess what dipshit McGee chose to do?
Officer Moccio was kind enough to miss him on purpose in order to get him to back off, but Numbnuts Ned wasn’t done yet:
So they pushed him back up against the wall:
Officer O’Connor then grabbed him by the face, and Desjardins uses his right arm to try to hit him, so Officer Grasso comes in to restrain that arm:
Finally they pin him down and put him in cuffs:
His legs are shackled
And he’s left to wake up to the most magnificent hangover ever:
Look, it’s really pretty simple – if you try to fight the cops then you deserve to get fucked up. Because you’re a fucking idiot and you deserve it. Hopefully they smash some sense into your thick skull so you stop wasting your time on earth as a degenerate chud factory. Plus, this isn’t exactly Rodney King. It’s 90 seconds of three cops restraining an out of control prisoner, with one of them lightly tapping his calf muscle with a baton. If you don’t think this guy deserved that pretty harmless “beating” then you’re everything that’s wrong with America right now. You instinctively side with the assholes who break laws, don’t follow orders, and think rules don’t apply to them. You embolden and encourage this type of behavior.
But alas there are many Facebook experts in police takedowns who think this video is problematic:
He was protecting himself? He could’ve protected himself by sitting down on the fucking bed. Instead he chose to fight the cops and he lost. Stop enabling assholes, asshole.
Hey moron, the “thug” using the baton was doing so for a specific, biological reason that cops learn in training:
I saw it twice so far on TV but saw enough to know what the officer with the baton “thought” he was doing. He was trying to use his baton to give “distraction” strikes and then he was attempting to give some nerve strikes. He also gave a few hits with the base of the handle in the side, near the kidney area. To some, it may have looked bad but the officer never used the baton in any way that could be considered Deadly Force, that is, force which is likely or intended to cause death or SERIOUS bodily injury. This officer was trying to get this prisoner to experience enough discomfort to stop resisting and fighting with the police. The baton can be used as an impact weapon, a blocking tool or a tool to gain control through leverage of an arm.
But this guy right here is an expert in how to take down an out of control drunken criminal:
I’m sure he’s very experienced. Definitely.
Translation – “A cop is banging my ex-girlfriend.”
You’re right. Three of them should have left the room and they should’ve fought one on one. Because that’s law and order works. Strong point Heath.
Your name is Dick Poole. You are an infamous Worcester loser. You have no friends, and you tell your coworkers at the hospital that you’re a nurse. But you’re not really a nurse. You’re just a chud.
Well Sarah, they’re not supposed to cuff him the first go around. Because that could be considered cruel and unusual to leave a man cuffed in a cell. But keep running your polepolisher about things you’re not even remotely familiar with. You’re doing great so far!!
He didn’t appear to be doing anything except standing in the cell. HAHAHHAHAHA!! First of all, they told him to sit. He chose to stand and raise his fist at them instead:
But yea, keep standing up for this shitstain sandwich.
He was savage? He lightly tapped him with the baton in the calf muscle, and then intentionally missed him several times in order to keep him at bay. If you think that was savage, then you’re just a huge pussy. There’s no other word to describe it.
Yea, they wanted to let him be in the cell. But fuckstick just couldn’t stop challenging them to a fight. Guess they should’ve given him a Teddy bear instead.
Good point. They should’ve allowed this guy to choke the first cop and keep him in a headlock. After all, there’s four of them. You’re allowed to hit cops as long as you’re outnumbered.
If that was one of your kids then it means you have completely failed as a parent. And if it was Turtleboy Jr. I would probably disown him as he would’ve brought great shame upon the family. But please, tell me more about what “discusts” you.
If you don’t like cops because you’ve had bad interactions with them, you should probably reevaluate why you constantly find yourself in those situations. Just sayin.
Being a cop is a thankless job. They deal with this shit every single day. And instead of supporting them we have millions of chucklefuckers with MacBooks who sit at home and wait for a video like this so they can share their expertise in criminal justice with the world.
Even if the cops didn’t follow protocol, the worst they should get is a slap on the wrist. But fired? That’s a big fucking deal. They invested their entire lives into becoming cops. Their kids and their mortgates and their pensions depend on this. They’ll never work again if they get fired for police brutality, which this is clearly not. You can’t take away someone’s livelihood because you think they might have crossed a line.
And what was the damage that was done? The guy is fine. Probably not the first time he woke up with mystery bumps and bruises after a long day of public buffoonery. Where is the Union? They should be immediately reinstated and given backpay. This is simply an overzealous, political police chief, trying to please a bunch of whiny social justice warrior dickbats, instead of standing up for his officers. How any Agawam cops can go on working for a moron like this is beyond me.
P.S. This Turtleboy is a white guy. Notice how I’m not standing up for the asshole drunkard, and yelling “white lives matter,” simply because we share the same skin pigmentation.
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