The Thin Blue LineA Bogota, N.J., woman asked for her emotionally disturbed 22-year-old son, Kyle, to be taken to the hospital. Bogota Police Officer Regina Tasca was called and, following protocol, requested backup, which was sent from nearby Ridgefield Park. She arrived at the scene and switched on her dashboard camera. Tasca described what her camera’s video showed next: “The Ridgefield Park officer automatically charges and takes him down to the ground. I was quite shocked. As he’s doing that, another Ridgefield Park officer flies to the scene in his car, jumps out and starts punching him in the head.” All reports indicate Kyle never threatened anyone, did not have a weapon, never resisted, and was not violent. Tasca intervened, prying the punching officer off Kyle. After the incident, Bogota Police was swift to act. “The next thing I know [my superior officer] asks me to turn over my weapon and be sent for a fitness for duty exam,” she said. While the two officers who allegedly attacked Kyle were never questioned, Tasca was suspended and is facing a departmental trial to decide if she will be terminated. (MS/WPIX New York) ...Sometimes the only reward for doing the right thing is knowing you did the right thing.
As noted, Tasca was the borough’s first woman cop. That it would take them until the 21st century to hit that milestone tells you something about the local officials. As of the settlement in 2016, she was still the only woman they ever hired as a police officer, which tells you even more.
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