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A Washington woman suffering from mental and hearing disabilities was left with severe bruises on her face after she claims an officer punched over and over her because she could not understand his orders.

Megan Graham, 36, of Federal Way, dialed 911 while being arrested last Monday to complain about police brutality after being pulled over by an officer and hit in the face.

Things quickly spiraled out of control during Graham's run-in with police officers, whom the 36-year-old disabled woman had accused of hitting her several times in the face while attempting to restrain her.

The Federal Way Police Department, however, insists that it was Graham who was violent and disorderly.

The 36-year-old woman now faces a felony assault on an officer charge. She is set to be arraigned June 10.

It all started at around 7.15pm last Monday when Graham pulled into the parking lot of Forest Cove Apartments, where her friend lives.

Moments after the woman stopped the car, a police cruiser drove up behind her with its lights flashing.

Graham was under the impression that the officer spotted her using her cell phone while driving.

Police records indicate that Officer Justin Antholt approached Graham and asked for her license and registration. Graham showed the officer her license, along with an expired insurance card.

In an interview with the station KIRO-TV, Graham, her face still black and blue and swollen, said that she got out of the car, told the officer she was just going to carry her dog to her friend's unit and offered him to accompany her.

According to Graham, because Officer Antholt was speaking to her from his car with its engine running, she never heard him order her to get back into her vehicle.

In the next moment, Graham said the officer lunged at her and grabbed her wrist.

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Excessive force aside, thought it was well known that you are not supposed to leave your car unless told to do so.

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^ You are kidding, right ?

The USA is loaded with uninformed, thoughtless, mental people.

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AKA I'm Deaf so the laws don't apply to me.... Just FYI ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

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[quote name='xendrome' timestamp='1370885675' post='595748264'] AKA I'm Deaf so the laws don't apply to me.... Just FYI ignorance of the law is not an excuse. [/quote]

last I heard, being "deaf" meant you can't hear so.. how could she hear what the officer was saying???????

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1370885490' post='595748252']
^ You are kidding, right ?

The USA is loaded with uninformed, thoughtless, mental people.
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Yeah, and most of them are in uniform!
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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1370885490' post='595748252']
^ You are kidding, right ?

The USA is loaded with uninformed, thoughtless, mental people.
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She was evidently smart enough to drive a car. Every time I hear of someone getting out of there car when stopped, it doesnt end well. Regardless on whether or not you have a disability.

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Well if you can't hear the officer, just look at his face. If he looks angry, just lay down on the ground with your hands behind your head.

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She had a valid license in order to drive the car, so in that respect, her hearing and mental status wasn't that impaired. I normally side against police, but in this case, unless she had severe mental defects, leaving your car when an officer is next to you, talking to you with with lights flashing... is just stupid.

Once he is arresting you... calling 911 to report it is also stupid. They will beat you senseless. That is their mission once you fail to comply. Period.

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From first appearance, she appeared to be cooperating, so this does read like a police brutality case.

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[quote name='Skin' timestamp='1370898341' post='595748866']
She had a valid license in order to drive the car, so in that respect, her hearing and mental status wasn't that impaired. I normally side against police, but in this case, unless she had severe mental defects, leaving your car when an officer is next to you, talking to you with with lights flashing... is just stupid.

Once he is arresting you... calling 911 to report it is also stupid. They will beat you senseless. That is their mission once you fail to comply. Period.
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So you have no problem with police brutality?

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[quote name='Xilo' timestamp='1370898912' post='595748884']
So you have no problem with police brutality?
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Not sure how you got that comment out of mine.

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I think the police overreacted for sure, but the woman is not entirely without fault either.

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Physical restraint should be a last resort, which doesn't seem to have been the case here. It's concerning how many stories there are like this of abuse by US police officers - it seems to be a profession for thugs, egotists and the low IQ. I'm just surprised they didn't shoot her dead by the side of the road.
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[quote name='theyarecomingforyou' timestamp='1370966696' post='595751578']
Physical restraint should be a last resort, which doesn't seem to have been the case here. It's concerning how many stories there are like this of abuse by US police officers - it seems to be a profession for thugs, egotists and the low IQ. I'm just surprised they didn't shoot her dead by the side of the road.
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That was probably their next option.

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People always side with the "victim" right away and it is always the police fault. Police said she was threatening, and woman/friend said she wasnt. And friends will more often than not stick up for each other regardless if they are in the wrong or not. Not saying the police are innocent, or vise versa...but to little info to accuse one way or the other.

Regardless, excessive for one person on the police part. But thats how it seems to be more and more. Especially with more police shootings happening now a days.

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[quote name='techbeck' timestamp='1370977587' post='595752052']People always side with the "victim" right away and it is always the police fault. Police said she was threatening, and woman/friend said she wasnt. And friends will more often than not stick up for each other regardless if they are in the wrong or not. Not saying the police are innocent, or vise versa...but to little info to accuse one way or the other.[/quote]

It's about the balance of probability. Here we're talking about two male officers inflicting major bruising, swelling and a concussion against a disabled, mentally handicapped woman. Did you even look at the pictures? The woman had horrific injuries, yet the officers were uninjured (one had what could barely be considered a scratch).

This looks like a classic case of police brutality. I can't believe for one second that the degree of force used here was justified.

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[quote name='theyarecomingforyou' timestamp='1370979532' post='595752136']
This looks like a classic case of police brutality. I can't believe for one second that the degree of force used here was justified.
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It wasnt justified. Did you read the last sentence of my post where I said it was excessive force? I even said that in my first post here. I mearly said in a lot of these cases the cops are the ones to always be blamed first. And that we do not know the full story here but again, I have stated it was excessive.

And from the OP, it says there were two officers. The second being a woman that was inflicting the damage. But this will have to be for the courts to decide I guess on which story is true and so on.

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that is just stupid that they would immediately resort to violence rather than trying to control the situation.

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Stupid to resort to violence? So the police should just ask nicely and when that doesn't work ask with vigor and when that doesn't work...?

Please, physical action is required when someone doesn't listen to a lawful order. Now, whether this was the fault of the woman doing something incredibly stupid or the police letting loose on this woman without cause is for the investigation to decide. At this point it's he-said-she-said.

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^ There is never a need to punch a suspect repeatedly in the face. Cops are taught how to disable a suspect in seconds, without harming them or themselves. Punching should [b]never[/b] have been necessary, at all.
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[quote name='techbeck' timestamp='1370897938' post='595748856']
She was evidently smart enough to drive a car. Every time I hear of someone getting out of there car when stopped, it doesnt end well. Regardless on whether or not you have a disability.
[/quote]You comment would make sense had she actually been stopped by the police while driving, which she was not.

[quote name='FloatingFatMan' timestamp='1370983642' post='595752314']
^ There is never a need to punch a suspect repeatedly in the face. Cops are taught how to disable a suspect in seconds, without harming them or themselves. Punching should [b]never[/b] have been necessary, at all.
[/quote]Exactly. There is only one reason to punch someone in the face and this is to hurt them. Hurting someone on purpose is not a requirement of restraining them. This woman was not hurt because she was resisting. If that was the case, her injuries would have been things like scrapes from sliding on the ground. She was hurt because she was ATTACKED while being restrained. There is not a single situation in which a cop should be punching someone in the face. That is purely assault..

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[quote name='ILikeTobacco' timestamp='1370983752' post='595752320']
You comment would make sense had she actually been stopped by the police while driving, which she was not.
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OP said she was pulled over. So she was driving and it sounded like the copy was following. She then got out of her car and was ordered to get back in. Which she did not.

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[quote name='Skin' timestamp='1370898341' post='595748866']
She had a valid license in order to drive the car, so in that respect, her hearing and mental status wasn't that impaired.
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... you can be 100% deaf completely unable to hear... but still be allowed to drive, just means you cant roll down your windows and head bop to an amazing tune....

also mentality ? I know some people with mental impairments, most of whom would not understand situations like this who can drive...

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[quote name='FloatingFatMan' timestamp='1370983642' post='595752314']
^ There is never a need to punch a suspect repeatedly in the face. Cops are taught how to disable a suspect in seconds, without harming them or themselves. Punching should [b]never[/b] have been necessary, at all.
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Well, you are right about deliberately punching someone. If a suspect is resisting enough that you are punching them to get them to comply, I imagine a taser would be a better option. I was responding in general to controlling a situation with physical restraint.

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