Friday, August 4, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.
Another day, another OCDA report…
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As Justin Harris strolled through a shopping plaza parking lot in Orange last summer, a policeman stopped him. Harris admitted to Sergeant Rafael Ward that he was on probation and gave permission to be patted down. That’s when Ward noticed Harris was sweating profusely, had dilated pupils and was talking rapidly. Ward called for backup. Orange police officers Evan Smith and Jordan Uemura arrived and hauled Harris back to the station for being under the influence of a controlled substance shortly before midnight on July 14, 2016.
Harris never made it to a jail cell alive.
According to a report released by the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office, Harris still displayed symptoms of being on a stimulant when taken to the station. Around 2 a.m., Smith and Uemura drove him to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail where his condition quickly deteriorated. When Harris sat down on a bench, he started fidgeting around and mumbling even more. He got up and started walking away when six deputies had to help Orange police subdue him.
Authorities rolled Harris into jail in a wheelchair and put a spit mask on him. He continued resisting, using his feet as brakes, dragging the wheelchair all along the way. Medical personnel refused to book Harris under his condition, deciding instead to transfer him to a local hospital for clearance. Smith and Uemura put Harris in the back of their patrol car again and headed to St. Joseph’s in Orange. He ended up face down on the floor of…
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