The month from hell continues for the Ferguson Police Department. With the Michael Brown murder investigation still in progress, the department’s past alleged transgressions are continuing to emerge. And they’re not pretty.
Believe the accounts and some of FPD’s finest scoured neighborhoods and terrorized residents like Stab, Pee Wee and Zilla did to “Kid” on House Party. Justin Cosma is the officer who, earlier this month, arrested reporter Ryan J. Reilly because he refused to leave a Ferguson McDonald’s. Turns out, Officer Cosma has a record.
While then working at the nearby Jefferson Police Department, Justin “hog-tied” a 12-year old boy because, well, just read it for yourself.
According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Missouri federal court, Justin Cosma and another officer, Richard Carter, approached a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mailbox at the end of his driveway in June 2010…The pair asked the boy if he’d been playing on a nearby highway, and he replied no, according to the lawsuit.
Then, the officers “became confrontational” and intimidated the child, the lawsuit claims. “Unprovoked and without cause, the deputies grabbed [the boy], choked him around the neck and threw him to the ground,” it says. The boy was shirtless at the time, and allegedly “suffered bruising, choke marks, scrapes and cuts across his body.” [Slate]
As fate would have it, charges were not pursed by the county prosecutor because the boy allegedly assaulted officers while resisting arrest.
If Ferguson’s public relations fiasco wasn’t already making Donald Sterling shake his head, try this. Another officer, Eddie Boyd III, left the department last week after “credible accusations” he pistol-whipped a 12-year-old girl and young man who was a high school freshman.