February 16, 2012
UPDATED September 23, 2013: Danielle Maudsley has died.
The ruling by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is the chilling reality of America and all the more reason all citizens should be armed and ready to protect themselves from government henchmen. “The trooper’s actions were legal and within the scope of his duty,” FDLE Spokescop Steve Gaskins said.
Ms. Danielle Maudsley, 19-years-old at the time, had been arrested on September 19 last year for driving without a license and being involved in a hit-and-run car accident. Florida Highway Patrol cop Dan Cole handcuffed her and placed her in the back of the police car. At one point, Ms. Maudsley had partially removed the handcuffs, but they were promptly placed back on her before she was taken into the police station.
The dash-cam video then shows Ms. Maudsley, still handcuffed and likely fearing for her life being trapped inside a U.S. police station, started running (more like jogging) away from Cole. The cop chose to attack Ms. Maudsley with a taser shot to her back, causing her to collapse skull-first into the concrete. Ms. Maudsley suffered severe brain damage and will likely be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life.
Watch the video below and listen to Cole being questioned by an investigator.
Cole’s attack on Ms. Maudsley was, again, ruled “justified” by FDLE, even though their own policy is that tasers are not to be used on someone who is handcuffed, nor simply to stop someone from fleeing. Cole, who has been enjoying his paid vacation (aka “paid administrative leave”) since last September, he will now likely be placed back on the streets to terrorize more Americans in the coming weeks.
We’re wishing all the best to Ms. Maudsley.
UPDATED FEBRUARY 23, 2012
WARNING: The following video is very disturbing. It is the same dash-cam video, but with the sound. It is very sad. Much love to Danielle and her family. We can only hope the police thug gets what he deserves.
just another pos with a badge. nothing but another playground bully.
The number for officer Daniel Cole’s department is 866-369-4613
Listed under “Troop C” here
For Hillsborough County.
When calling, wait for the operator to answer after the message ends, and then you can ask for the officer to call you back.
I left a message today for him.
This guy is a shitty cop. I don’t think he’s a terrible person. She had opiods and cocaine in her system, he probably knew she was under the influence of something. she was obviously provoking him. yes he should’ve warned her before using his taser (he shouldn’t have used it at all actually) but he mad a split second decision and did) he seems pretty fat and lazy she was probably out running him.
you, sir, are part of the problem. there is no justification for tasing someone who is in restraints– and IN THE BACK– so she was running away, not attacking him. her hands were inaccessible to her– she was not a threat to him in any way and it is NOT OKAY to attack someone who is completely defenseless! that is called “assault”– how do you not get that?– that tasing someone who is in handcuffs is WRONG. it’s excessive. sadistic. psychotic. he probably got a hard on when her head went “crack” on the concrete…. you want this kind of person in a position of authority??
He’s a terrible person for murdering that poor innocent child and your a terrible person for excusing murder
She had nothing in her system and wish you would not run your mouth about my family
Congradulations Officer Cole????????? Your mother must be VERY proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah, poor girl. She hit someone and ran, did not have a license, and now try’s to escape custody. I don’t feel sorry for her at all. That turd did not care about the people who’s vehicle she hit. They could have been badly injured, etc, but she did not stop and render aid.
She was in fear of her life at a police station? Really? Maybe scared of being in jail, but not in fear of her life.
One more piece of trash off the streets.
You are a disgusting piece of trash to be able to come up with that conclusion. You can talk all you want about this girl now that she can’t talk for herself, but in all actuality it is individuals like you that are another big problem with todays society and moral! Try having a little common respect you ignorant bastard!
You’re the fucking piece of shit. I’d curbstomp your fucking ass if I ever met you in real life. Maybe if your boyfriend (Officer Dan Cole) laid off the donuts for a few days, maybe he would of caught a lil girl. Kinda sad that a trained officer can’t catch a 15 y/o girl running away from him. Really sad. I hope this cop gets killed!
I see how you could come to that conclusion seeing that you’re an idiot who doesn’t understand than an apostrophe shows possession. Try ‘tries’ next time. Then if you progress over the next 30 years intellectually maybe you can give logic a ‘try’s’ again.
She was obviously in fear of her life BECAUSE THE COP FREAKING KILLED HER…who knows what they woulda have done to her inside…hit and runs happen all the time it was prolly an accident tht she hit someone in no way does that justify her being attacked while she is defenseless, fleeing and in the back, I pay for that poor girls soul.
Seriously? TWO misdemeanors. It is against the policy of that dept to taze someone in cuffs. Tazers are self defense weapons. That means if you need to DEFEND yourself.
The only fault of the girl and why she ran was because she had opiates in her system. Kids fuck up and do shit like this all the time. Each situation is different. They had her name so they could have tracked her down had she escaped. If she has opiates in her system and got away all they had to do was wait until she hit a rehab clinic.
Ive known people on that shit and when they cant get pills they detox hard. The point is this was unnecessary.
this is why cops are the enemy to me and which is why i always carry my FN five seven with me whereever i go hey officer cole if you ever come to stockton ca i got a bullet with your name on it
I’ve read FDLE Spokescop Steve Gaskins said this incident took place ‘inside’ the police station. He and Cole both allege that Ms. Maudsley was cuffed (hands behind her back) whyen she suddenly attempted to get away from officer Cole fearing for life. So he tasered her. Now think logically hear. You’re cuffed in the same manner ‘inside’ the police station, you won’t be able to open any doors, so what threat could you possibly be? Sounds like she had EVERY right to fear for her life when these NAZI GESTAPO WANNABES took her tp jail!!
Also, if this ioncident took place ‘inside the police station as Cole and Gaskins both allege in the article, why does officer Cole’s dash cam show the incident occurring outdoors? How many other Florida officials are equally corrupt? This matter CAN NOT be left to Florida authorities to resolve because it’s obvious there is some major cover-up and ass-covering going on here. JUst what type of relationship do Cole and Gaskins have going on? I’d refer this to federal authorities, but there too, who is truly honest and who is corrupt? The American people themselves should take control of this matter in dealing with those crooked SS Stormtroopers? I’m a devout fan of President Thomas Jefferson and like him I believe the American people need to rise up against government from time to time to keep authorities (ALL authorities) in check.
I was beaten and tasered by police in Fairview Heights, Illinois. I guess, fortunately, I was tasered while lying on the ground so I would not hit my head.
It has come to this…. we are in a war. The police are an armed, uniformed presence amongst us who resort to military-style tactics to instill fear and gain compliance. Maybe one day people will start fighting back. They cannot be beaten using the present system because that system is designed to protect and nuture their abuse. I believe it will come down to police, and possibly their loved ones, mysteriously disappearing one-by-one until it is no longer safe to serve the State.
I am not promoting violence by any means, but self-defense is not violence. I wish the family well in putting this piece of filth through the wringer with their civil suit, but then again, relying upon a jury of brainwashed citizens, their chances of prevailing are pretty thin.
Police are abusing there authority. Shame of Florida for allowing all this crap, I want to move there but now I am questioning there ideals down there.
dont move to florida, the police are out of control here!! i got peppersprayed for asking a question!!! i cant wait to get out of this country
Latest report was that the officer did not use excessive force. I strongly disagree with that, but there is a side of this that is worse. Law enforcement procedure is: arrest, handcuff (behind the back in most states),and SECURE the suspect. Suspect is NOW the responsibility of the arresting officer.Why did the officer allow her the opportunity to run from the building, and then without warning….taser her in the back?? I know what this girl did wrong. Will someone please tell me what this cop did RIGHT????
What happened to the USA?
I would rather live in Nazi Germany, and Stalin Russia combined.
USA sure has fallen a long way down. What a pile of sh1t of a country.
I had a situation one year ago this past Oct. coming home from Ft.Myers, heading to N.C. With the FHP in Tampa. I Know it is a police brutality case and would like State Defense Attorney Kevin Hayslett to contact me to persue the case as well. These cops have to be stopped! I was in a deep depression for a year and have a herniated disc. from the incident and didn’t do anything to deserve what happened to me. Mr. Hayslett, pls. call me at 828-342-0659 to talk about taking my case as well. Thanking you in advance, Dianne Davis
Many ‘cops’ are lazy and will use whatever methods they are allowed to get the result they want. That is life; that is the result of sloppy management. Perhaps that is the result of a state where the police are allowed to use unnecessary violent force without criticism. Perhaps the reason this sort of treatment of the public is allowed, passes without prosecution resulting, is to send a subliminal message to all that: the state is the power not the people. It is not to help police do their job – breaking the covenant between the police and the people can never contribute to the successfulness of state authorised policing.
The recommendation from APCO in the UK for the circumstances when our ‘police’ can use these devices was: where officers are facing violence or threats of
violence of such severity that they would need to use force to protect the public, themselves and/or the subject(s) of their action. That is a fair directive (if a state monopoly on the use of force can ever be seen as such).
The actions of the cop who caused this girl to fall and suffer brain damage do not appear meet this sensible APCO directive. She was not a violent threat. The threat of harm to herself was far greater by making her fall whilst handcuffed than the officer’s assertion he was concerned she could have run into traffic – what traffic? This is a LIE.
That she was running substantially increased the threat of injury from falling at speed whilst paralysed from the effect of the device. That she was handcuffed made an injury from a fall extremely likely. Injuries resulting from falls is a substantial threat resulting from the use of Tasers, even if the subject is not moving and unrestrained. This is why their use must be strictly limited to the parameters delineated within a directive such as that proffered by the UK APCO. Their use on a running subject should be only under extreme circumstances of violent threat – not a common situation if a subject is running away from you.
The TASER web info states:
* it is important to remember that the very nature of self-defence, use of force, and physical confrontation or incapacitation involves a degree of risk that someone will get hurt or may even be killed due to physical exertion, unforeseen circumstances, and/or individual susceptibilities.
* The TASER device is to be used only for lawful self-defence or in the defence of others.
* its use can result in injuries, including …… secondary injuries related to falling.
* Subject may fall immediately to the ground and be unable to catch him/herself.
* see downloads manuals at: http://www.TASER.com
this fat phuck didnt need to taser a young girl. hope this guy rots in hell
This guy is a disgrace, and should be in handcuffs himself…If the people of Florida allow this to stand…they get what they deserve…not far removed from the SS of 1930s Germany
Require Police officers to stay in shape and be a normal weight and he could have easily caught and restrained her by grabbing her arm. Or he could have gotten in his car and followed her – really, how far can a girl in handcuffs run and don’t you think people woudl notice and point her out to the following police?