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Father Battered for Defending Family

May 24, 2010 permalink

When California father William Hawthorne tried to defend his family from social workers he was subdued with pepper spray and an impact weapon. In cop talk, that last euphemism would be: "We beat the crap out of him".



Police pepper spray 29- year-old Red Bluff man

A Red Bluff police officer was forced to use pepper spray and an impact weapon on a 29-year-old Red Bluff man, Friday according to a department press release.

The Red Bluff Police Department was called to the Crystal Apartment on Main Street to assist two Child Protective Service caseworkers who were conducting an investigation.

When officers arrived they met William Hawthorne outside of his apartment. An officer was beginning his investigation when Hawthorne tried to re-enter his home, refusing instructions to remain outside of his apartment according to the department press release. Hawthorne then entered his apartment and tried to close the door on the officer.

The officer told Hawthorne he was under arrest and again Hawthorne refused to comply with the officer's instructions.

That's when an officer used pepper spray and an impact weapon to affect the arrest, according to the release.

Hawthorne was cleared with minor injuries and booked into Tehama County Jail for obstructing, resisting or delaying a peace officer.

Source: Red Bluff Daily News