Black Executive Sues After Being Tasered By Ohio One-Time, Says Race Was Definitely A Factor

- By Bossip Staff

John Harmon was coming off a late night at work when he left his downtown marketing firm for his Anderson Township home just after midnight in October 2009. The 52-year-old longtime diabetic’s blood sugar levels had dipped to a dangerously low level causing him to weave into another lane. A Hamilton County sheriff’s deputy spotted him on Clough Pike and suspected drunken driving.

What happened over the next two minutes and 20 seconds should never happen to anyone, Harmon said. Deputies broke the window of Harmon’s SUV, shocked him seven times with a Taser, cut him out of his seatbelt and wrestled him to the ground, severely dislocating his elbow, and causing trauma to his shoulder and thumb.

The deputies’ actions prompted a state highway patrol trooper to pull one deputy away from Harmon because he was so concerned about how Harmon was being treated. That trooper alerted his bosses to the deputies’ actions. Even after learning the incident was a medical emergency, deputies charged Harmon with resisting arrest and failing to comply with a police officer’s order.

“I thought for sure I was going to die,” Harmon said. “I remember praying to God, ‘Help me through this.'” Harmon, a tall and burly black man, owns a marketing company with his wife. He said he moved to the mostly white township for its good schools, and said he believes he wouldn’t have gotten the same treatment if it was a white man.

“I do think that maybe (race) was a factor,” Harmon said. “Just out of common decency some of the things that were done here don’t make sense, even if I were drunk.” Harmon and his wife, Stephanie Harmon, filed a civil rights lawsuit Dec. 20 in U.S. District Court against Hamilton County, the sheriff’s office and four deputies: Ryan Wolf, Matthew Wissel, John Haynes and Shawn Cox, and their supervisor, Sgt. Barbara Stuckey.

The couple allege that Harmon’s civil rights were violated because of his false arrest, malicious prosecution and the excessive force used. They also cited battery; malicious prosecution; intentional infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium. They want an unspecified amount of compensation. Settlement talks that started with a demand of more than $1 million deteriorated earlier this month. That’s when Harmon filed the lawsuit. A sheriff’s office investigation found excessive force was used, and four of the officers involved were punished.

The deputies involved were asked through sheriff’s officials to comment. None returned calls.

Damn, we hope he gets the settlement he deserves. Shady fuggin cops.


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  • Kem Wer

    He won’t win sh!t. It’s always their word against yours. And look at how many puppy punk a$$ deputies will collaborate the story.

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    • Thaddious

      It’s corroborate (law).

      And it sounds like the highway patrolman is on his side.

      Otherwise it WOULD be his word against four white deputies.

      It’s a good thing that patrolman reported it-

  • Unkle Ruckus

    It’s a dame shame that you don’t give credit to the actual journalist who wrote this story. The little source link doesn’t count.

  • sean-slade

    That’s what you get sometimes when you move to a “good white neighborhood”. Life could be perfectly fine in a “good black neighborhood”. They do exist you know.

    • TT BOY

      And now..SOMEHOW he’ wrong for living where he wants!


  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    “I do think that maybe (race) was a factor.” Harmon said.

    “Maybe” is sure giving them the benefit of the doubt.

  • Kyra

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    Happy New Year to Everyone! 😀 😀
    Life could be perfectly fine in a “good black neighborhood”. They do exist you know.

  • Crowe

    Oh, boo hoo hoo – always the race card.
    The Alinsky tactic of using it as a weapon has been way overplayed. Just like the boy that cried wolf. Sharpton, Jackson and others have made it totally irrelevent anymore.

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      The law suit is based on the sherriff officers beating and repeatedly kicking him when he was complying with them and having a medical emergency. Race probably played a part in the officer’s actions, but even if they didn’t, a lawsuit is justified. The race of the individuals is not the basis of the lawsuit.

    • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

      And what the hell does Saul Alinsky have to do with it?

  • Aliyah

    Hahahahaha I love it when black guys get tasered.

    • coldt7

      Shut up C*MBAG!!!

  • juliemango

    The only thing they have against this man is he was not being a responsible diabetic the treatment the cops gave him was def. racist & meant to put uncle tom in his place!!!

  • big c

    and here we go with king bitc- we all know you is master eyes and ears and that master balls taste good to you . so please go back to the big house get some butter and lube ya as- for master dic- little house nigg-

  • ManchesterUKer

    That’s really awful, hopefully the officers were sacked

  • mehico boondog

    yeah he is wrong. Kneegros allways move where there is no kneegrows. Who would have thought that. I swear kneegrows be crapping their pants about whites but be following them where ever they go. Realised how it works? Whites move away and things turn to greatness..then blacks move in and things turn to shat! Whites move away again and prosper,blacks follows and stuff turn to shat again. So the endless cycle continues

  • Ashley

    I don’t get how this dude is an “uncle Tom” for wanting his kids to have better schooling. It seems like everyone wants to bring each other down instead of commending him for trying to give his kids the best.

  • jt

    always bring up the race card you racists prick! the police live to taser white black brown old young etc!

  • mekdy

    Uncle Tom, wtf do u guys know him stfu and get an education! Dumb illiterate crabs JEEZ! Marquis de Sade u have to be one of the most ignorant, maladaptive, uneducated, wannabe’s, self-hating, depressed, angry, senseless, crazy, scatter brained persons on this site. U never ever cease to make one of the most DUMBEST WITLESS comments on this site ewwwwww go get a job somewhere. He’s a DIABETIC fool! It was late he possibly didn’t know his sugar was low, who the FUK carries a honey-bear around! Man u r a fool! Stupid french wanna be!!!!! I’m a nurse and I see this waaaaay to often. Oftentimes stress playing a HUGE factor in diabetic emergencies etc…… I wish u couldve traded situations with him and see how u wouldve felt. We can always talk junk til it happens to us. Put ur mother/father loved one in his place and see how u woulve FELT!

    • brianna bermudez

      Damnn. XDD

  • if anything be noble

    … looking where this man said race was definitely a factor…

  • if anything be noble

    People, the man is suing the county, the sheriff’s office and four deputies. How dumb would he be to call them “racist?” Whitefolk hear that word and turn into amoeba. Lose their minds. Turn to slime. He is FAR from playing the race card. (But you can feel free to ask me if race was definitely a factor….) Chile please. All day long.

  • no $hit $herlock !!!!!!

    the cops love the smell of fried nigguh in the morning — smells like, VICTORY.

  • mixed bad chick

    Omg! This is my high-school friends uncle! Wtf? I really gota start keeping in touch with ppl.

  • afrodite

    oh please. of course it was a factor. white people get all types of leeway from police. they can throw temper tantrums, and like patient parents, the police wait it out or talk them through it. with us they break limbs.

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