Popeye- September 21, 2010
William Grigg on September 21, 2010 03:17 PMRuss Smith, the tow truck operator involved in a confrontation with 84-year-old Orlando Daniel Daley last Sunday morning (September 19), told the local Fox News affiliate that the 84-year-old man was intoxicated and belligerent, but posed no conceivable threat to anyone.
Smith was sent to impound Daley’s car, which was parked near the Ivanhoe Grocery Store (there is some dispute as to whether it was in a posted no-parking zone). The incident ended up with Daley being slammed head-first into the pavement, leaving him struggling for his life after emergency surgery to repair broken vertebrae. Predictably, the police have charged the victim with “assaulting an officer” for the supposed offense of provoking his assailant by touching his state-consecrated person.
Smith, an employee of Moldon’s Towing, recalls that Daley hit him at least three times, “and three times I told him, `please, stop hitting me.’” Somehow the private tow truck operator, unlike the 26-year-old Orlando police officer who body-slammed the crippled octogenarian in “self-defense,” was able to withstand this onslaught without resorting to retaliatory violence: “The three hits I took from this older man was not hard at all… [He] shouldn’t have put his hand on me but at the same token I took into consideration that he was pretty elderly and it didn’t hurt at all.” Smith considered the incident so trivial that he didn’t bother to tell the cops about it when they arrived: “I never mentioned the fact that he hit more or anything to the officer I didn’t think it needed to go that far.”…
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