The Rancho Cordova Police Department have decided to support and defend the excessive force used by a cop who was caught on camera thrashing and punching a 14-year-old Elijah Tufono.
A pig named Tess Deterding issued a statement on Tuesday defending the officer’s behavior and implied that the young boy deserved to be assaulted.
Tufono says the incident happened when he asked a stranger to buy a cigar for him and Officer Brian Fowell allegedly observed this.
He said he handed over the tobacco when the officer asked for it and admits he became confrontational because he was afraid.
“I did lie to him and I didn’t cooperate, and I know that and I made that mistake. But that didn’t give him no right to do what he did,” said Tufono. “I mean, I do forgive him. I have nothing against the cop. He was just doing his job, I guess,” he added. “Sir, I’m sorry for the way that I acted towards you and for not cooperating. And I just hope that we could meet again and be on better terms.”
Elijah’s uncle had this to say, “It just kind of broke my heart. Anger and frustration went to sadness, especially the fact that he has a heart condition. And that’s the immediate thing that got to me, I’m just so happy that he was able to come home alive.”
The pig Tess explains their side of the situation as well, basically stating how a 14 year old got the best of him over a cigar.
I swear the police need to just sit they’re asses down until they are called like every other emergency service.
Rancho Cordova, California: where a police officer has 14 yr old Elijah Tufono’s hands pinned behind his back but continues to thrash his body around and deliver blows. His mother, Leata Tufono Tagalu, said the juvenile has a serious heart condition. An investigation has started. pic.twitter.com/u98vqq96gJ
— Dr James Kent (@DrJamesKent3) April 29, 2020