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Officer Violently Throws Down, Assaults and Arrests 76-Year Old Deaf Women for Jaywalking

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In a lawsuit filed last week, a 76-year-old legally deaf and disabled women alleges officers violently arrested, kneed and handcuffed her to the point of passing out, all for jaywalking.

The incident took place in July of 2017 in the city of Dublin, California, and the lawsuit names four officers of Dublin PD and Alameda County as defendants: Sherriff Gregory J. Ahern, Lieutenant Robert McGrory, Dublin Police Chief Dennis Houghtelling and Traffic Officer Phillip Corvello.

On the morning of July 27, 2017, the plaintiff Hui Jie Jin was detained by Officer Corvello as she crossed the street while returning from the grocery store. Officer Corvello accused Jin of jaywalking. The lawsuit claims Corvello recognized Jin was deaf but grew frustrated with her inability to understand him and communicate with her hand signals.

Jin did not resist arrest and yet “Corvello, a man 2-3 times Mrs. Jin’s size and half her age, violently threw Mrs. Jin to the ground, placed his foot or knee on her back, and cuffed her hands behind her back so tightly that she passed out from the pain. In addition, Officer Corvello unnecessarily re-cuffed Mrs. Jin to the ambulance while she was unconscious, and for no apparent reason, sadistically crushed Mrs. Jin’s left wrist to the bone,” according to court papers.

Jin did not understand why she was being detained and although she was “terrified” she never attempted to flee and turned over her identification cards, a disabled senior citizen bus pass, and a note and phone number to call her daughter in cases of emergencies.

After turning over her belongings, “Jin clasped her hands together in prayer and repeatedly bowed deeply in front of Officer Corvello in order to beg Officer Corvello for mercy and not to hurt her.” Instead, that’s when Officer Corvello twisted her arm behind her back, slammed her to the ground, placed a knee or foot on her back and handcuffed her arms behind her back. The pain then caused Jin to pass out.

Officer Corvello called an ambulance, but the lawsuit alleges “they did not stop brutalizing Mrs. Jin.” Officers cuffed her to the ambulance gurney despite being unconscious and then Officer Corvello “sadistically crushed Mrs. Jin’s left wrist to the bone, causing severe injuries.”

The lawsuit maintains that Jin was unlawfully arrested, but even if the arrest were legitimate, the use of force was “completely unreasonable.” The official citation served Jin was for failure to complete crossing the street before the DON’T WALK or WAIT signal and for resisting arrest.

A listing of medical injuries Jin sustained due to the arrest include: “blunt force injuries, including but not limited to contusions, abrasions, avulsions to her body, multiple crushing fractures of her hands and fingers, and head trauma that required immediate hospitalization, continuing medical treatment and long-term care.” Also listed was permanent brain damage, sleep disorders, depression, stress-related issues and more.

The officers face eight counts including violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, deprivation of civil rights, and assault and battery.

 

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Lauren von Bernuth

Lauren is one of the co-founders of Citizen Truth. She graduated with a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. She spent the following years backpacking around the world and starting a green business in the health and wellness industry. She found her way back to politics and discovered a passion for journalism dedicated to finding the truth.

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32 Comments

  1. Irving B Gilbert August 15, 2018

    Kill the bastard cop

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  2. Charles Freedom August 15, 2018

    Fake cops on a power trip.

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  3. Sandy Winter August 15, 2018

    Police have got to stop their aggressions!!! 76 YEARS OLD???!!!!

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  4. Rosa Lara August 15, 2018

    WTF

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  5. Katy Tessler Braun August 15, 2018

    TERRIBLE…….WHY WOULD HE DO THAT.

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  6. Tina Campos August 15, 2018

    It should say ex police officer,that POS never had a mother I think they hatched him, who would do that to a elderly person,he should be locked up

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  7. Deborah Anderson August 15, 2018

    Sob lock him up

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  8. Emily Kohl August 15, 2018

    such a brave cop

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  9. Julie Montileaux August 15, 2018

    And some wonder why cops have such a bad reputation.

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  10. Martha Williams August 15, 2018

    Very sad, and upsetting to me.

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  11. Gen Tate-Jewett August 15, 2018

    CRAZY POLICE OFFICERS NOW

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  12. Ray Rossman August 15, 2018

    Another thug cop?

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  13. Judith Collins August 15, 2018

    They all must be fired & arrested.

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  14. Dellene Garlock August 15, 2018

    Holy shit!!

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  15. Lynda Brake August 16, 2018

    Police are out of control!

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  16. Irma Seabury August 16, 2018

    Fake news too incite war on police officers who risk their lives daily to protect citizens. There are good and bad in every profession .

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  17. Janette Stark August 16, 2018

    This officer really does need to be arrested. But for those of you against all cops and law enforcement, Get over yourselves! NOT ALL OF THEM ARE BAD!

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  18. Roger Jasso August 16, 2018

    What an idiot… Which one is worse the jaywalking or stealing a jewelry from a store??

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  19. Nathan Henderson August 21, 2018

    That cop knowed she could not fight back

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  20. Shannon Tate-Graham August 21, 2018

    So sad, and angering all at the same time…

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  21. Linda Bednarz August 21, 2018

    Major POS! You sir are why many people have lost respect for police officers! Fortunarely their are far more good cops than bad cops! But…the bad ones make alot of people weary of all cops! Weed out the bad ones yourselves…restore law and order and the peoples trust. You know who the are so…police yourselves! They have no business keeping their jobs!

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  22. Denny Charles Sr. August 21, 2018

    Do you really believe that ?

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  23. Patricia Gulifield Segal August 21, 2018

    Scum

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  24. Robert Doyle Tolliver August 21, 2018

    Pitchforks and torches in the midnight air, with a cop swinging and dancing midair by dawn.

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  25. Victor Lopez August 21, 2018

    Cops have gone out of control; to the point were we need protection from them.

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  26. Eugene Stepney III August 21, 2018

    That POS needs to be fired and put in jail and sued

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  27. Helen Lingle August 21, 2018

    OMG! Scared of the police

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  28. Shirley Paulson August 21, 2018

    Makes me afraid of being an old woman now.

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  29. Robert Cutler August 21, 2018

    fire him

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  30. Jill Tappan August 21, 2018

    Absolutely deplorable. As if the whole situation and assault wasn’t bad enough, to crush her hand causing fracture of wrist and fingers is pure cruelty. This is her method of communication. He needs to be fired and hope she gets a sizable award.

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  31. Claudia Cass August 21, 2018

    ENOUGH. Catch some real criminals.

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  32. Buford Culberson August 22, 2018

    Why can’t this stop if he has to be violent catch real crooks just plain rotten

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