Regina Tasca is a police officer in a small New Jersey town who crossed the ‘blue line,’ and has been suspended for over a year. Her crime: she defended a disabled citizen from police brutality.
AFP asked Officer Tasca how the event unfolded.
“Councilwoman Sharp had called the Bogota police department in a request to have her son (Kyle) transported to one of the regional hospitals. It was a simple transport. She wanted him to be evaluated because he is an emotionally-disturbed individual. I went up to the scene. Bogota is a small department; there’s only two of us on the road and my partner was on the desk,” detailed Tasca.
“My partner called Ridgefield Park (a neighboring town) to back me up. We pretty much both arrive on the scene. I get out of my patrol car. The mother comes out, the father comes out, and the mother tells Kyle ‘You’re gonna go to the hospital, get evaluated.’ And he looks at me and says, ‘Regina, why is there another police department here?’ And I told him ‘It’s protocol that another police officer is here as a back-up.’ He says, ‘But I don’t understand why there’s another police department here.’
“He obviously didn’t want to go to the hospital. And with that he says, ‘I’m not goin’,’ and starts to walk back towards his house. With that, Sergeant Thibault takes the kid down to the ground. I’m having a normal conversation with this kid; I have everything under control. And then Sergeant Rella comes flying out of his detective car, jumps on top of the kid, and starts pounding him in the head. I was completely in shock, like ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.’
“There’s a lot of yelling and screaming. The mother’s screaming, ‘Get off my son, stop punching my son!’ Kyle’s screaming, ‘You’re punching me, why are you punching me?!’
“I’m trying to pry Sergeant Rella off of the kid because they’re beating him for no apparent reason. He wasn’t violent, he wasn’t attacking them, he didn’t charge them, nothing. We were having this conversation. Sergeant Rella’s yelling at me, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘What am I doing?! I don’t know how you guys handle your calls in Ridgefield Park, but here in Bogota, this is not how I handle them.’
“As I was trying to yank him off, he told me I was a disgrace to the police department ‘cause I was stopping him,” accompanied by several curse words. As the mother’s screaming for the cops to get off her son, he actually says, ‘Stand back, because you’ll be next.’”