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Video: Burglary Suspect Pinned by Cruiser at Pa. University

November 19, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Univ. Cop's Cruiser Pins Burglary Suspect

A 44-year-old man plans to sue Drexel University and its campus police force for seriously injuring him with a police car during a pursuit last year.

On Dec. 30, 2011, surveillance video captured Walter Johnson trying to enter locked buildings on school grounds. When police caught up with Johnson, he attempted to flee the scene, as he walked away from a halfway house without permission, CBS Philly reports. Video footage shows a Drexel police officer pinning Johnson against a wall with his patrol car.

The incident left Johnson with a shattered pelvis; his right leg is also shattered, 6abc.com reports.

Initially, Drexel filed attempted burglary charges against Johnson, which were later dropped by the Philadelphia district attorney. Officials for the university have declined commenting, citing a pending lawsuit.

Tags: Campus Safety, Vehicle Pursuits, Excessive Force


Comments (4)

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Trigger @ 11/20/2012 5:31 AM

Sounds like a typical case of letting the cops take the heat. Drop the charges and let the legal system work for the dirtbags. Maybe Mr. Johnson will win millions, become a coke head, then kill someone with his car and sue the victims estate for being in his way.

M.Conner @ 11/20/2012 10:26 AM

The police or law enforcement vehicle is a tool. It appears the officer used the right tool for the job. The suspect was not following commands given by an LEO. He ran and was apprehended. Mr.Johnson brought this upon himself. IMO

Bob @ VA @ 11/20/2012 10:37 AM

Great job by the officer, and quick thinking. Once Johnson decided to commit a crime, all bets were off and he got what he deserved.

Rob A @ 11/24/2012 5:56 AM

As a police officer I can't agree with the above posters. The way I see it the use of the vehicle in that manner is deadly physical force. Is that justified for a burglary suspect? I don't think so. While we don't know the details of the interaction between the suspect and the officers I just can't see this being justified based on the video evidence.

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