She was only popping a Tylenol for her headache. But that didn’t stop an Ohio woman from being assaulted by a police officer who thought she was taking illegal drugs.
Disturbing new footage from a video surveillance recording shows the woman being handcuffed and charged with resisting arrest for doing nothing more than struggling while being beaten for no lawful reason.
Sheriff’s deputies had pinned the woman down on the floor and pried open her mouth. All the while, she tried to explain that she had done nothing wrong, and that the pill she had just ingest was nothing more than a Tylenol tablet.
Deputies charged the woman with “resisting arrest”, but the arrest was for a crime she never committed in the first place.
Siobhan Householder, 35, of Akron, Ohio was left injured and under arrest, even though she had not broken any law. While in a holding area, awaiting a court appearance, she took a simple Tylenol for her tooth infection.
The mother of three explained to the Akron Beacon-Journal that the inside of her mouth is now cut to ribbons from the officer’s fingernails. She also has suffered hair loss from having her hair ripped from her head. Her body and face are covered in bruises from the officer’s abuse.
There is no audio to the video but it is obvious enough what is happening.
When the Summit County sheriff’s deputy jumps on Householder to stop her from swallowing the pill, he thought she was taking illegal drugs and would not listen to her explanations to the contrary.
“He said, ‘What are you taking?’ and I said, Tylenol,” Householder recounted. “And he said, ‘Spit it out’ and I said, ‘I can’t.’ I meant to say I can’t spit it out because I had already swallowed the other pills.
“But I didn’t even get that part out before he just yanked me up and threw me down on the ground and was trying to dig these pills out of mouth,” Householder continued.
“There was one [pill] in there and I couldn’t even get it out because he kept shoving his hand in my mouth,” she added, “and squeezing my face and pulling my hair at the same time.”
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(Article by M.B. David)