T.P.D. Shows Enhanced Christina West Video

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email
Christina West

Christina West

Tallahassee, FL -- A Tallahassee police officer explained to the media a slowed down and zoomed in version of the dashcam video showing the rough D.U.I. arrest of Christina West Tuesday. The officer said that what they call "the dance" started when there was a problem with the handcuffs placed on West. The cuffs were double locked, which means unusable, and West slipped out of them.

"Officer Ormerod should have recognized that but he didn't and that's probably what led to some of this, we dind't recognize the handcuffs were double locked," she said.

The force used on West afterward, however, was justified because of aggressive behavior demonstrated by West according to the Internal affairs report.

Interim police chief Tom Coe says the slowed down video gives better views of the take down as well.

"The officer, when he's taking her down to the ground, he actually loses control of her. You can see she has both hands on her side, but she actually hits the ground harder than anyone anticipated," said Coe.

The report didn't shock West's attorney, but he isn't thrilled with the results.

"Look at their history, look at how this has been handled, for them to come out and within two or three days after this has been released to the media the chief resigns, and you look at all of the inner workings and all of the things the investigation has shown, i'm not surprised," said Fred Conrad.

The explaining officer also would not comment on what she would do if faced in a similar situation.

"Not going to go there. not going to go down that road. Sorry," she said.

Officer Chris Ormerod was suspended for two weeks and Officer Matthew Smidt was suspended for one for not rendering proper medical aid to West following her injuries. Sergeants George Creamer and William Faust were both suspended for two days for failing to follow proper procedures on scene.

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