For what sounds like an INEPT, and we'll say that again so our position is clear, INEPT Washtenaw County Sheriff Deputy Katrina Bourdeau. First reports were she felt threatened because of her diminutive size by the larger Lloyd Brumbaugh, who refused to give his own child back to the officer investigating (key word here, investigating, not deciding) after several calls from a park about lost children who belonged to Lloyd Brumbaugh and his wife. So, in previous comments Bourdeau admitted saying she wasn't up to the challenge size wise and decided to use her taser after first holstering it because the child was present. At one point she said she grabbed Brumbaugh's arm to try to restrain him but said she was dragged along after he decided to leave. She told him to get to the ground and he did, by Bourdeau's own admission get on his knees.
After handing the child over he stood, she then tasered him.
This is where her ineptitude becomes complete. When getting ready to put the cuffs on the tasered man, she HANDED HER TASER TO A BYSTANDER AND TOLD THEM TO USE IT IF HE MOVED. Are we serious? Handed her taser, her frontline weapon to a bystander? What if this person handed the taser didn't want to play cop? You better believe they would be brought up on charges right now for whatever the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department could think of. What if they didn't wanna taser a fellow citizen? Who is she to give her weapon away? Is this policy?
Look if you cannot handle the situation because of your size, maybe police work isn't for you. These are life and death situations we're talking about and NOW we talk about her not being able to handle the situation to the point she's handing weapons out to protect her? Sorry. Bzzzzzt, wrong. What kind of background check did she use before handing over her weapon? NONE. It sounds like panic with a weapon. We already have serious issues with the WCS department as they quite unnecessarily shot up Johnny's neighborhood a while back. Stay bullets into houses unnecessary. Drug busts in public areas issues. This is just another shining example.
This is NOT about Deputy Boudreau JUST being a woman. However police work is a physical job at times. Should Lloyd Brumbaugh face charges because he touched a Deputy ? You bet he should. Should Katrina Bourdeau still be a deputy? No, we don't think so. Not if this is indicative of her decision making in a crisis.
Have at it....