Megan Graham, a Federal Way, Washington woman, called 911 to attempt to save herself from the cops who were beating her. Straight from the Bully’s Playbook, the partially deaf and cognitively disabled woman has been charged with felony assault on an officer.
Graham said that she had stopped at a friend’s apartment building when a police officer pulled up behind her. She says that she responded politely but never heard the officer order her from his running vehicle, to get back into her car. That’s the point at which things got ugly, as the officer reportedly grabbed her roughly. She called 911 in hopes of getting other officers there to de-escalate the situation.
Two police officers brutally beat the woman as she pleaded with the 911 dispatcher for help.
“I told the officer I had mental and hearing disabilities, and didn’t understand why he was trying to hurt me.”
“I was hoping other officers would show up to listen and deescalate the situation,” Graham said.
In the 911 recording, Graham shouts at the officer: “You attacked me before you said anything! There is no point whatsoever for you to touch me like that, especially with my condition, so how dare you even touch me?”
The officer is clearly heard repeating “You are under arrest.”
During the 911 call, another responding officer punched Graham several times in the face, and is heard loudly ordering her repeatedly to stop resisting.
“I am not resisting,” replied Graham. Graham says when an officer put his weight on her hip, which she says was previously injured, she reacted by trying to flip over. Federal Way police said she assaulted an officer during that struggle. (source)
Deborah Fenwick was an eyewitness to the assault-by-cop. “That woman was not resisting, I saw it. That woman doesn’t have a violent bone in her body. She’s got a heart of gold. If she would have understood the officer’s commands in the first place, she would have absolutely complied with him.”
The officer’s report places the blame firmly on Graham. “As the officer approached, Graham squared off against him in a fighter’s stance and attempted to strike him with closed fists. (The officer) responded with closed fist strikes to Graham’s face which brought her to the ground where she was handcuffed.”
Most would expect the police to protect a defenseless woman from being beaten black and blue by two men, but after this shocking display of police brutality, perhaps the Federal Way Police Department needs to change their slogan from “To Protect and Serve” to “To Punch and Subjugate.”