Target: NYPD Commissioner William Bratton
Goal: Demand justice for elderly man allegedly wrongly tasered by police.
An 86-year-old Brooklyn resident allegedly called police because his granddaughter’s 23-year-old boyfriend was suicidal, after running out of a prescription. But when the police showed up, they reportedly tasered the caller, John Antoine, an octogenarian. His granddaughter and her boyfriend had allegedly left to try and refill his prescription.
When the police showed up at Antoine’s apartment, he reportedly buzzed them in, thinking it was his granddaughter again. Instead police came in, and allegedly saw Antoine holding a large knife. He had reportedly been cutting onions for a soup. Police had allegedly heard the distress call, saw the knife, and saw a child in the room, so they tasered Antoine twice, in the neck and in the leg. There was an obvious misunderstanding here, with police reportedly making a snap judgment when they saw a man with a knife in the apartment where there was a call because of a suicidal person.
However, the officers allegedly knew the young man’s name and never called it, nor did they stop and realize Antoine was elderly. The officers also charged Antoine after he allegedly refused to drop the knife when commanded, and were allegedly even praised by an NYPD spokesperson for not using deadlier force. It is a sad state when that is an accomplishment for the police. Antoine is suing the city; please urge full justice for him, as he is lucky to be alive.
Dear Commissioner Bratton,
An 86-year-old-man in Brooklyn was allegedly wrongfully tasered, and he should receive justice for the ordeal he was reportedly put through. John Antoine was simply trying to help, as his granddaughter’s boyfriend was allegedly showing suicidal tendencies after he ran out of a prescription. So Antoine reportedly called the police.
By the time they showed up, the man and his granddaughter were allegedly gone. There was a misunderstanding, as officers were investigating a disturbance call and allegedly found Antoine holding a kitchen knife. But the officers reportedly had the name and age of the young man, and used neither, allegedly opting instead to tase Antoine in the leg and neck (the latter of which is dangerous at any age). They also charged him for reportedly refusing to drop the knife.
Thankfully, Antoine is reportedly okay and was declared mentally fit. But he never should have been injured, and he certainly should not have been charged. The officers were reportedly praised for not using more excessive force, but they should be punished. They allegedly had the information on the suicidal man they were looking for and instead tasered an octogenarian. Please see to it that Antoine gets the full justice he deserves.
[Your Name Here]
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