American “justice” system: Sheriffs cleared of wrongdoing after killing 62-year-old with pepper spray

By End the Lie

The case of 62-year-old Ohioan Nick Christie is nothing short of disturbing and a quite telling example of the injustices that are now all too rampant of our so-called justice system.

Over two and a half years ago, Nick Christie was on a vacation with his wife Joyce in Lee County, Florida. According to his wife, Nick Christie was reportedly displaying signs of depression and erratic behavior, so she called authorities and asked for him to be taken to a hospital where he could receive his medication.

For some reason which is not made clear in an article by My FOX Tampa Bay, the police arrested Christie for disorderly intoxication instead of taking him to a hospital as she requested.

This is where it begins to get really ugly. According to her lawsuit, Christie was pepper sprayed over a 48-hour period, even while tied up in a restraint chair.

He was forced to a wear a so-called spit hood and for no clear reason was stripped naked while his entire exposed body was subjected to the chemical irritant in ludicrous doses.

The Christie family’s Cleveland, Ohio-based attorney Nick DiCello explains what see in the unsettling photograph of Christie before he was murdered by My FOX Tampa Bay, “This photo is a picture of a man who is strapped to a chair naked inside a jail for hours with a hood over his face.

“That evokes thoughts of being tortured,” he added.

I find this to be a bit of an understatement, as the treatment Christie received is, at least to me, quite clearly torture.

Despite the clearly unnecessary force used by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County State Attorney actually cleared the Lee County Sheriffs of any wrongdoing.

That not only flies in the face of common sense, it also goes against the findings of the District 21 Medical Examiner who found Christie’s death to be a homicide.

Personally, I don’t understand how someone being stripped, bound, and pepper sprayed to death would be anything but murder yet no single person has been charged with a crime related to Christie’s demise.

As of now it is unclear who exactly made the decision to clear the officers of any responsibility for their actions, but the head of the Felony Division is an individual named Kelly Worcester.

Ironically, the Lee County State Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida’s mission statement states, “The rights of the victims of crime shall always be respected and enforced through vigorous and fair prosecution,” which is clearly not what they are doing by any means.

Understandably, Joyce Christie has not given up her quest for justice, even more than two and a half years after his murder.

“I was shocked. This was something out of a horror movie,” she said. Indeed the picture obtained by the local FOX affiliate was quite unpleasant and obviously she has a much more significant emotional tie to the image than most others.

As a veteran of law enforcement for over 30 years, Tom DePolis confirmed that there is no apparent reason why the use of force against Christie could be justified.

DePolis worked at the Tampa Police Department and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and has witnessed what pepper spray can do first hand.

He told My Fox Tampa Bay that he cannot see a reason for the deputies to pepper spray Christie repeatedly as they did seeing that he was already in their custody – not to mention tied to a chair.

“The purpose is to temporarily incapacitate someone – temporarily, that’s the key word, so you can restrain them,” DePolis said.

The truly damning testimony in the case comes from Monshay Gibbs, a deputy trainee at the jail at the time of Christie’s murder.

Testifying under oath in a video deposition, Gibbs stated that she believed the treatment Christie received was excessive. Again, I find this to be a drastic understatement.

“He had a spit mask on and was naked,” Gibbs stated, adding that Christie was begging guards to remove the spit mask because he couldn’t breathe.

Later Christie died at the hospital when his heart failed, due to the shock he experienced from the pepper spray.

Joyce Christie has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, which is scheduled for trial in the middle of next year, leading the Lee County Sheriffs Office refused to give a comment to My Fox Tampa Bay.

This case seems so clear to me that it would be laughable if a man hadn’t lost his life for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Despite the findings of the medical examiner, the testimony of a deputy trainee, the opinion of veteran law enforcement and even the opinion of one of the developers of weapons-grade pepper spray, Kamran Loghman, not to mention their own mission statement, the Lee County State Attorney denied the Christie family justice.

While Loghman’s comments were specifically aimed at the use of pepper spray on peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters, they apply even more readily to the case of Christie.

There is absolutely no excuse for using the chemical agent when someone is restrained and in no way a threat to the person using the chemical agent.

I thought the Occupy Davis case was just about as bad as it could get when it comes to the frivolous use of pepper spray, but unfortunately I was quite wrong.

Pepper spraying a bunch of students sitting with their arms interlocked seems almost legitimate compared to pepper spraying a man tied in a restraint chair with a spit mask on in his birthday suit.

Of course, neither instance is justified in any sense of the word but Christie’s case is an especially troubling one.

The fact that no criminal charges were brought against those who murdered Nick Christie is disgusting and monetary compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit hardly seems like it could truly satisfy his family.

In my opinion, not bringing charges against those responsible is not only a travesty of justice but a damning indictment of our entire “justice” system as a whole.

The FOX segment on the case can be seen below:

However, it is worth noting that they erroneously spell the lawyer’s name DiChello for some reason, even though it is DiCello in the article and in this official court filing.

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21 Responses to American “justice” system: Sheriffs cleared of wrongdoing after killing 62-year-old with pepper spray

  1. Anonymous January 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    pretty clear what this means: cops can do anything now stop complaining you stupid slaves

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    • Anonymous January 14, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      no what it means is that the police are now the enemy and we the people must put a stop to their violent crimes.

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  2. Anon January 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    True Amerikan justice. Put the cops in prison and let them get a dose of their own medicine!

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  3. Lisa stienster January 5, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    This is MADDENING, ENRAGING. There are NO WORDS ADEQUATE TO EXPRESS… Why shouldn’t ALL MEMBERS OF Lee County Florida immediately descend upon their sheriff’s headquarters AND the Lee County State Attorney Office? The murderous, criminal, SAVAGES whom held Mr. Nick Christie and administered fatal torture MUST BE INSTANTLY REMOVED FROM THEIR LAW ENFORCEMENT POSITIONS. The criminal maffia of Lee County Florida must answer to THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR CRIMES! –Lisa

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    • Anonymous January 5, 2012 at 6:09 AM

      agree 100%. We allow murderers to walk free and they will continue to murder until someone takes the matter into their own hands and of course than he/she will be convicted of 1st degree and murdered(executed) by the state. The AGE of stupid is here, we are living it.

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  4. Anonymous January 5, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    im gay and i suoppotr cops

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    • Marlon Jones February 1, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      So! You went to school and still you’re an idiot! …and what?

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  5. Lisa stienster January 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    http://www.sheriffleefl.org/main/index.php?r=site/about&cid=17 Here’s the sheriff of Lee County Florida since 2004.

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  6. Lisa stienster January 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I forgot to add this link to an article from 2000 regarding the frequent use of these torture/restaint chairs: http://www.progressive.org/mag_cusacchair

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    • Mark January 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      torture is the right word

      prison nowadays = slave camps with tons of torture

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  7. Just-ice January 5, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    This is absolutely FUCKED

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  8. Terry Morlan January 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I think the Sherriff and his cabal of schizoid bitches should be forced to endure this and hopefully all those cocksuckers will die as a result. What a fucking travesty and why isn’t the DOJ all over this?

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  9. Mark January 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    this is a situation where the best thing to do would be to go and conduct a citizen’s arrest of these sick fucks

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  10. Poppy January 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I read the title and was disgusted but hoped that as I read the article there would be some saving grace or justification but that has left me feeling pretty sick.

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  11. Marian Scirrotto January 28, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    We lost this first battle and have to push even harder now more than ever…We have to stop the corruption in the state of Florida with an out cry of outrage…Please help me battle these evil people …. Sign , share, re-post the petition …Call and email the Governors office and US attorney in the Southern district of Florida…DON’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH MURDER !
    http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/
    http://www.justice.gov/usao/fls/ContactUs.html

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/456/justice-for-nick-christie-murdered-in-the-lee-county-florida-jail-by-those-who-were-to-protect-and/

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  12. Marlon February 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    This country is reaching the precipice.

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  13. Mindy March 26, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    This is a clear cut case of murder and should be prosecuted as such! What Mr. Christie endured was torture and then ultimately murder. There is no valid reason for this to have occured. This kind of thing shows the sadistic tendencies of many of the so-called officers of the law. Our police forces are devolving into brutal mafia-style thuggery. People must wake up and stand against this! To those few good officers that are left, speak up, speak out and help us move the police back to being “Peace Keepers” and not sadistic murderers!

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  14. Sam Torres April 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    These abuses would not happen if the officers paid for the lawsuits and not the taxpayers. Police abuse would halt within 24 hours if a law was passed making sure they have to pay right out of their pockets and pensions. The reason why this happens every day in New York City is that the NYPD yearly lawsuit settlement amounts have increased from 300 million in 2006 to 800 million in 2010.
    As long as taxpayers keep footing the bill, it works out well for those who abuse their power. My solution is simple, the cops lose the lawsuit, they foot the bill. It’s not rocket science.

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  15. marty August 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Where is the DOJ on this? Why no federal investigation of these police? Oh sorry I forgot he was just and old white guy.

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  16. bostonblah September 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    welkome to ameriKa , the talmudic jew run police state, this is what happens when jews are allowed to run wild, doing 911, creating phony war on terror, ,and having israelis train the police

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  17. Anonymous July 10, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    She should have called an ambulance or dial 911 for one. But then again? There was no reason for that to happen. The cop should have call the ambulance. What a shame in our country. Even worst for florida…. No more disney!

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