From WBOY 12
June 23, 2005
Martins Ferry, Ohio: On Saturday morning 82-year old Alfred
Jim Edwards reportedly urinated in Martins Ferry's City Park. Police say
they questioned him about the urinating, and he started to walk away several
times....and finally they say he resisted arrest. Police then used a taser
on the man.
Edwards' family says he has dementia and he was frightened
and confused, but never combative. Martins Ferry Police Chief Barry Carpenter
called the FBI in to investigate, and they say if they find there was excessive
force or civil rights violations, the officer will face discipline
FBI Investigates Alleged Police Brutality
In Martins Ferry
POSTED: 6:30 p.m. EDT June 22, 2005
MARTINS FERRY, OH -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is
looking into accusations of police brutality in one local community.
The Martins Ferry Police Department requested the third party
investigation after an officer used a stun gun on an 82-year-old man earlier
According to Police Chief Barry Carpenter, officers received
two complaint calls of an elderly man urinating at the city park in the
eyesight of children on June 11. One officer searched the area and stopped
James Edwards as he was walking on Zane Highway.
According to information from the officer's report, Carpenter
says the officer asked for the man's identification, but Edwards walked
away. Carpenter says the officer put his hand on the man's arm to stop him,
and that's when the man allegedly got combative. Carpenter says Edwards
put his hands in fists in a defensive motion and got in a scuffle with the
officer, and that's when the officer put Edwards on the hood of the squad
car and used a stun gun on his lower back.
However, a witness to the arrest says Edwards did not try
to fight with the officer, and he says the officer was too rough with the
Edwards' sons, James and Dave, both say the officer used excessive
force on their elderly father. They say Edwards did not get into a scuffle
with the officer, and they say he did not clench his hands into fists. They
say their father has a mild case of dementia and did not know what was going
on when he got stunned in his back.
His family says they are asking that the officer leave the
Martins Ferry Police Department for the safety of other elderly residents.
They say they don't want this to happen to anyone else.
Chief Carpenter says he has been advised by the city law director
not to take any disciplinary action until the FBI finishes its investigation.
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