A man goes insane, not eating or sleeping for days and ranting about being the antichrist. His wife calls 911 for help. Paramedics arrive, but the man is too violent for them to deal with. Enter officer Brady Pullen and a fellow policeman, here to save the day…ish. A struggle ensues, out come the Tasers and the guns, and eventually the anti-Christ heads on up to meet the pro one, you might say.
It’s a sad story, and you’d hope that would be the end of it. You’d be wrong, but hope is certainly a nice thing to have.
As so often happens after a tragedy, the lawsuits weren’t far behind. It’s sad yet understandable that a family, in its time of grief and anger, would want what they see as justice for the loss of a loved one. Sometimes it’s misguided, but it makes sense and…let me stop you right there. The family isn’t suing, officer Pullen is.
A Texas sheriff’s deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a man who had a psychotic episode is suing the man’s family for more than $100,000, claiming they were negligent and reckless for not warning 911 operators that the man was a “violent threat.
Pullen’s lawsuit seeks more than $100,000 in damages for “medical expenses, mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of past earning capacity,” the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. The sheriff’s deputy said he missed work due to surgery for injuries related to the incident and suffered a concussion.
The suit claims Yazar’s wife, Marlene Yazar, should have told 911 that her husband recently used the hallucinogenic drug DMT, although she wasn’t named in the suit. Pullen is going after Carmina Figueroa, Marlene Yazar’s mother and the homeowner of the Katy home where the incident occurred, even though she wasn’t home at the time of the incident. Figueroa’s name is listed on the home’s insurance policy, according to the Chronicle.
Money grab much?
But Marlene Yazar said it had been weeks since her husband took DMT; Pullen claims she should have revealed the drug use to 911 but didn’t because she didn’t want her husband going to jail.
“I didn’t even know what it was,” she told the Chronicle about the hallucinogenic drug.
I hate to use the word douchebag to describe a cop, but far too often they make it easy, Pullen incredibly so.
Speaking of douchebags, let’s hear from Pullen’s lawyer, Mark Long, who’s last name may or may not describe what sort of prick he is.
“I’m actually offended that people would think that police officers don’t have civil rights to use civil law on their behalf. Everyone else does,” he said. “If this case brings an awareness that people need to be completely, utterly honest with 911, and if people become aware that police officers have rights just like everybody else, I’m happy. Whatever else people think about me, I could care less.”
Police officers also assume a certain level of risk while on the job, sir. How many times have you heard an officer say something like “you never know what each call will bring out here. You have to be prepared for anything”?
At the other end of the spectrum, there’s attorney Dean Blumrosen. He’s decided to represent the family of the victim for free because he finds the officer’s suit so ridiculous and shocking. He’s even looking for punishment against Long for having the nerve to file it. Good on him. This sort of crap makes the police look bad and lawyers look worse.