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American police state: officer may be fired for protecting young man from police brutality

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By End the Lie

The United States’ descent into a hellish police state continues and appears to only get worse as the years go by. The case of Officer Regina Tasca of the Bogota Police Department in New Jersey is a troubling example of just how far gone some law enforcement agencies are today.

In this case, Officer Tasca is being declared “psychologically incompetent” for stepping in to save an emotionally disturbed young man from a brutal beating at the hands of police.

Here at End the Lie I have covered just a few of the troubling things police are able to get away with, such as murdering elderly tourists with pepper spray while they are restrained and brutally beating senior citizens suffering from dementia.

I have also pointed out how when the good police officers out there actually do their job and stand up for justice, they are targeted for harassment or in some cases even thrown in a psychiatric ward.

The things that police officers end up actually getting in trouble for tend to be outright absurd, like mowing the lawn in shorts, yet no one is held responsible for the most egregious violations like those listed above.

Officer Regina Tasca’s ordeal started back in April of last year when she turned on her dashboard camera before attempting to stop two officers from brutally beating a 22-year-old emotionally disturbed man.

It was just a matter of days after Tasca stepped in to defend the helpless man that she was informed she was being suspended without pay. One year later and she is still suspended and awaiting her internal trial. According to WPIX, the Bogota Police Department is looking to see her fired.

The incident occurred when a mother, Tara, called to have her emotionally disturbed son, Kyle, taken to the hospital.

While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, Bogota police responded. Officer Tasca was the only officer on the road – the Bogota PD has a mere 20 officers in total – so she followed protocol and called for backup.

Two officers from the Ridgefield Park police showed up, and that’s when everything went horribly wrong.

Keep in mind, Tasca had just finished being trained to work with emotionally disturbed individuals as part of a state-mandated training program.

“The Ridgefield Park officer automatically charges and takes him [Kyle] down to the ground. I was quite shocked. As he’s doing that, another Ridgefield Park officer flies to the scene in his car, jumps out and starts punching him in the head,” Officer Tasca described.

When viewing the disturbing video (which can be seen here), we hear Kyle and his mother Tara screaming, “Stop punching me!” and “Why are you punching him?”

Astoundingly, the two Ridgefield Park Sergeants responsible have never refuted the claims that they repeatedly assaulted the 22-year-old man as he was waiting for medical assistance.

Even more insane is that Kyle was never arrested or charged for any offense whatsoever.

Officer Tasca says that is because Kyle never threatened the officers, did not possess a weapon and most importantly, was not violent and did not resist.

Tasca was eventually able to pull off one of the Ridgefield Park officers who was striking Kyle and his mother actually called Tasca personally to thank her.

“Thank you Regina. I appreciate you standing up for him, for protecting him while the officer attacked him. I can’t figure out what i would have done without you at the scene,” Tara said in the message.

Officer Regina Tasca says she is “the only female–the first female ever–and the first and only gay female also,” in the Bogota Police Department. When asked if she thinks this blatantly unfair has anything to do with her sexual orientation and gender, she said, “Yes,” unhesitatingly.

Tasca also said that she is being punished for actually doing her job is because she crossed the so-called “blue line” by refusing to support another officer who was guilty of using excessive force. It definitely doesn’t help that she is one of just 20 other officers.

Tasca is going to be assisted by Catherine Elston, an attorney and former police officer herself, during the week-long department trial.

“This was excessive force used against an emotionally disturbed person,” Elston said. “This was an unlawful tackle, this was a punching an emotionally disturbed person whose arms were pinned under his chest with his face pushed into the ground.”

After the incident, she met with her superior officer and, “The next thing I know he asks me to turn over my weapon and be sent for a fitness for duty exam,” she recalled.

Once Tasca recounted he events, the Bogota PD apparently believed that she was psychologically incompetent and thus unable to be a police officer.

She was sent for testing but the Ridgefield Park officers were never so much as questioned.

No investigators from the department’s internal affairs even interviewed the officers and they are currently still on the streets and continue to be paid.

This is all while there is photographic evidence from the hospital showing the bruises the 22-year-old sustained on his head, back, arms and wrists from the assault.

While letting the officers responsible for the beating off the hook completely, Bogota PD opted to suspend Tasca, an 11-year veteran with multiple commendations.

Tasca’s trial, which will be held before a retired judge who will be the only person making the final decision, began on April 17.

“If another officer is using excessive force, it’s my duty to make sure you stop it. And that’s what I did,” Tasca said.

“They’re not just terminating her. They’re destroying her reputation,” Elston said.

It is great to see that there are indeed still police officers out there who join the force for the right reasons and continue to actually do their job, which is to protect and serve the people, not ruthlessly beat them for no reason.

Hopefully Tasca will have her name cleared, have all back pay paid and both of the officers responsible will be stripped of their positions and ideally charged with assault.

The fact that the Bogota PD thought that this decision was in any way rational or legitimate is, in my opinion, deeply troubling and a disturbing sign of the times in which we live today.

UPDATE: A reader informed me that Tasca was suspended with, not without, pay as I said above. Indeed, the WPIX story now says that she was suspended with pay. Thanks to C.R. for the tip. That being said, I don’t think it changes the fact that this officer is being targeted for attempting to stop police brutality.

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19 Responses to American police state: officer may be fired for protecting young man from police brutality

  1. Anonymous April 22, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    this makes me sick to my stomach!

  2. the soul of this country went down the toilet hole April 22, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    when nobody stood up for that college kid who asked John Kerry about “Skull and Bones” and got apprehended and tazed for it

    with a majority of the sheeple in attendance cheering for his detainment

    that’s when i knew the very soul of this country who stood for “liberty and justice” which inspired the founding fathers creation of the constitution and bill of rights has perished for all eternity

  3. head in the sand with an eye peeking through at all times April 22, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    If you tolerate this than you will be next.

  4. old veteran April 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Never thought I see the day a good servant of the public is punished and fired while those violating our rights are rewarded with a job.

    They have openly stated anybody telling the truth is treasonous while those who tell lies to protect the corrupted is applauded?

    What a joke in ethics and morality.

  5. illusions are real April 23, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    government definition of bravery
    is institutionalize slavery
    keeping you trapped with no remedy
    because they have denied you therapy

    politicians no longer work for the people
    but to keep you in the dark like sheeple
    they get paid by special interests
    to keep you all in a wicked mess

    technology should be liberating the common man
    and yet is being used to enslave us and put us in the can
    data mining everything we do
    in case some of us wake up and get a clue

    • daave April 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      thats really good

      well done if you wrote it

  6. Therese April 23, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    It’s really saddening to hear about this kind of news. Imagine, you already helped someone but ended up losing your job. I think that there’s discrimination of some sort right there. We should just hope for the best.

  7. eyeswideopen April 25, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    I believe that most of the police everywhere in the US should be tested for steroid use. Who in the hell acts like that. The police are out of control and have been militarized. Kudos to officer Tasca for being a GOOD cop!
    I really mean it about the steroid abuse. Seems that most of these bullies are always built like body builders. Why become a police officer if you intend to break the law. Wish I was there to help officer Tasca.

  8. Krizza April 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    If you have been a victim of police brutality, it is important that you report that officer to the proper authorities for punishment..

  9. Anonymous April 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Too bad they just ignore those complaints

  10. Grace April 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    What has happened to the brave, dedicated, responsible men and women of honor?

    They all need to be fired immediately and let people that would love to have their salaries and pensions do their jobs-with honor.

  11. morphine us April 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    90% of the populace are so entrenched in the matrix, that they will defend and die for the very system that enslaves them and strips their rights daily.

  12. no more tears April 28, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    rights are being stripped in increments, all around
    can’t see or are you a clown?
    even blind people can see
    all the corruption and misery

    patriot act made you an enemy of the state
    just for standing up to big brother at the plate
    three strikes and you are out
    but they steal trillions and you don’t even pout

    your children fight and die for corporate greed
    and yet they brainwash you all to believe that is what you need
    the truth is everything you have fought for is a lie
    to make a few filthy rich, while your sons ship out and die

  13. Mollie May 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    What a terrible way to treat that officer. Any updates since the decision supposedly came down last month?

  14. Roberta May 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    It doesn’t get any blacker than this: authority and their elite supremacy – this is what it must have felt like as Nazism rose.

  15. mikki litin May 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    always remember: law enforcement officers are merely humans, smelly little insecure and delusional humans. people=shit!

  16. Anonymous July 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    It may be that the government police, from Homeland Security down to the local police forces have known that there is a huge undercurrent of dissatisfaction and resistance to the system and that they will be facing a greater and greater number of demonstrations as time goes on. This is consistent with the breakdown of the economy and the continual exposure of wrongdoing by our business and governmental leaders and repressive attempts to cover it up. There is no way, however, that the government will be able to succeed through repression and brutality. It is morally wrong, it is illegal, and as the people lose more and more of their economic future, they will have less and less to lose if they protest and fight back in the courts, etc.
    The key is to fight back through non-violent resistance and to flood the courts with lawsuits to protect their rights. And in the case of the police, if they realize that their retirement is also threatened, where plaintiffs sue to take the benefits of police who have violated their rights, they will understand that they too must abide by the law. In the end we are all in this together, and the sooner the police realize it, the sooner they will respond in a more rational and humane way, especially where children, or the disabled or aged are concerned.

  17. mlnw July 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    You know the facts of this case well. Can you contact CREDO to start a petition campaign beginning with Bogota Ridgefield and the neighboring New Jersey communities as well as the rest of New Jersey. Political pressure could get some real action from the politicians and administrators who had responsibility for this case.

  18. rradvocate March 15, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Without freedom of the press we wouldn’t know this. THis is not half of what is going on. It is just what boiled over and spilled on the floor.
    Each day people employed to serve the public sink into the emotional abyss of the job requirements.
    Not just line officer. Shift supervisors, chiefs, firefighters, EMS, judges, clerks and social services.
    Temptation to be quick, easy, cookie cutter or use the position for self interest/reward is a character flaw. While under staffed emotions run higher, morale and self worth diminish.
    In the story, Ridgefield Park is the backup, cleanup service. They most likely don’t to the reporting for Bogot arrests and Bogota has no effective way of disciplining Ridgefield misconduct.
    It plays out all over the state of NJ,. Who suffers? Citizens. Citizens who vote in jerry mandered districts, but they still vote.
    Like Fergusen, election time is the time to get busy. If I don’t like the choice, I can stay home (don’t vote), complain on a blog or run for election.


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