Cop Assaulted Teenagers In “Personal Vendetta” Over Doorbell Prank: Know More Here

The “heinous attack” by a Delaware state trooper on two teens in retaliation for a doorbell ditch prank was “unspeakably violent,” according to Sam Davis, one of the minors’ attorneys.

Several criminal charges against Trooper Dempsey Walters, 29, were brought after it was claimed that he beat a 17-year-old and held him at gunpoint while making an arrest.

Cop Assaulted Teenagers In

He then allegedly punched a restrained 15-year-old “with such force” that it broke his orbital socket and resulted in complications that led to “severe brain trauma,” according to Davis.

“Their whole notion of safety was destroyed,” Davis told Fox News Digital. “It was such a gross overreaction to a kid’s prank. … They both thought they were going to be killed in that takedown.”

According to court filings, the 15-year-old, who was named only by his first name Jadyn, played “ding-dong ditch” and knocked on Walters’ door on August 21 when his girlfriend was at home.

She allegedly reported the event to Walters, who was on duty at the time, who then allegedly reported it as a home invasion, which sparked a multi-agency law enforcement response that included a state police helicopter and K-9 units.

“The local teenagers were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and were attacked by the trooper, who was their local neighbour,” Davis said.

Because of this, Davis referred to this as an instance of “state-sanctioned swatting.”

“We know that swatting is calling in a false report that activates a SWAT team,” Davis said. “Here, it was a police officer who called in a knowingly false misstatement of what he had to know happened, which is a kick on his door.

“That activated a small army of law enforcement from Delaware, which included a helicopter, a K-9 unit, long rifles and between 15 and 25 law enforcement officers.”

Al, a 17-year-old man who is the other accused victim, had nothing to do with the practical joke and didn’t know Jadyn, according to Davis.

According to court records, Al had a dispute with Walters, who lives in the same neighbourhood, on August 17 while he was off duty.

The following day, Walters looked up Al’s information in the police database.

Al, 17, was one of two teenagers who were forcibly removed from their homes by a number of police officers, including Walters.

According to bodycam footage obtained by the Delaware AG’s Office, the cops punched them to the ground, yelled orders “to stop resisting,” and handcuffed them as they wailed.

The teens responded, “I’m not resisting,” or “I’m not moving.”

An cop in a bulletproof vest is seen standing over one of the teenagers with a rifle aimed at his back in the bodycam video taken by the Newport Police officer who works in the neighbourhood.

Al was talking on the phone at the time with his mother, who Davis said overheard the entire occurrence, traumatising both of them. Al moved out of his house to live with his aunt in order to avoid the area where Walters also resides, the man claimed.

According to officials, neither Al nor the other youngster in the bodycam video took part in the “ding-dong ditch” joke.

Although police initially said it was a case of mistaken identity, Davis claims that “they didn’t really explain” to Al’s mother why he had been taken from his house.

According to a warrant, Fox News Digital saw, Walters allegedly fled the area and joined up with other cops who had Jaydn under arrest.

When Walters arrived, a different state trooper had Jaydn handcuffed and lying face down on the ground.

In a statement announcing the indictment, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jenning stated that “almost immediately upon arriving, Walters dropped his knee onto the back.”

The indictment claims that after realising he was the one who had pounded on Walters’ door, Walters assaulted him as he was being led into the back of a state police SUV.

According to the indictment, Walters allegedly attempted to turn off his bodycam before the assault, but the audio kept playing as he struck the kidnapped boy in the face.

Davis called the trooper’s actions “illegal and unconscionable.”

“Punching a handcuffed, defenceless, 15-year-old in the face is an act of brutality and vengeance,” Davis said. “Dropping a knee on the neck of a child is illegal and unconscionable, especially when a child begs for his mommy and none of the officers intervene.”

There was no way to get in touch with Walters for a remark, and it was not immediately obvious if he was being represented by an attorney.

Delaware State Police: What Did They Say?

Fox News Digital reached out to the Delaware State Police and the troopers union for comment, but neither party provided any.

Col. Melissa Zebley of the Delaware State Police, however, spoke to the media on Tuesday.

She claimed that Walters, an officer for seven years, had been placed on indefinite leave without pay and benefits “with the intent to dismiss.”

“It’s disheartening when a law enforcement leader has to share news regarding the betrayal of both the public’s and the agency’s trust,” she said. “But today I’m here to do exactly that.”

After viewing the video, she claimed that the department felt the “same concern and outrage” as the neighbourhood and expressed regret to the teenagers and their families.

“I can assure you all and the community we serve that he’ll never work for one more minute as a Delaware state trooper following his actions that evening,” Zebley said. “Actions that he took despite the direction by his supervisors to report to his residence and allow responding law enforcement officers to investigate.”

After analysing bodycam footage, she declared that there were “no instances” where further responding troopers or cops failed to step in.

Davis disputes this claim, claiming that Walters and other law enforcement officials worked together to carry out the claimed assaults on the youngsters.

“The attorney general had a good start with the indictment of this one trooper, but she can’t be done yet,” Davis said. “The investigation and charges must extend to the other law enforcement officials who participated, assaulted, failed to intervene and wrongfully detained these young men.”

What’s Next?

The teenagers were not accused of any crimes.

The reconstruction of Davis’ damaged orbital socket, which involved two plates, 11 screws, and a piece of mesh to relieve pressure on his facial nerve, took eight hours and was “more complicated than originally thought,” according to Davis.

He also has post-concussion syndrome, which causes him to have regular, severe headaches, and spends a lot of time in the school nurse’s office, according to Davis.

“His recovery isn’t going to happen overnight,” Davis said.

In order to obtain additional recordings and files, Davis said he and his team are still winding up their investigation. He expects he will need to use the law to compel the state police to turn up the materials.

Most certainly, a lawsuit will ensue.

Walters was also accused of two felonies (second-degree assault and denial of civil rights) as well as four infractions (two instances of third-degree assault and two acts of official misconduct).

In a statement released on Tuesday, state attorney general Kathy Jennings claimed that Walters “chose to extract his own form of personal justice” by “embarking on a violent rampage.”

State Attorney General Kathy Jennings said in a statement Tuesday that Walters “chose to extract his own form of personal justice” by “embarking on a violent rampage.”

“As a mother and grandmother, the footage in this case is hard to watch,” Jennings said in a press release announcing the indictment. “As a prosecutor, the constitutional violations are stunning.”

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