Video Released of David Hulstedt Shot in Back, Then Dragged 400 Feet on Knees by Scottsdale Police

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See also: Scottsdale Police Used Excessive Force in '08 Shooting of Man Left as Paraplegic, Judge Rules

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After writing Tuesday about the troubling case of David Hulstedt, the mentally ill man shot in the back by Scottsdale police, we obtained the full video (see below) of the incident from Hulstedt's lawyer.

Recorded by Hulstedt's neighbor through a screen, the video shows what happened during and just after the 2008 shooting. Watch as Scottsdale police shoot Hulstedt, handcuff him, then drag him on his knees 400 feet across rough ground and asphalt.

Hulstedt's suing for $40 million even as he still faces criminal proceedings stemming from his treatment of his 2-year-old daughter.

U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow ruled last week in the lawsuit that Scottsdale police used excessive force on Hulstedt, shooting the unarmed man without warning.

Though police supposedly wanted to protect Hulstedt's daughter during a 90-minute standoff at Hulstedt's north Scottsdale home, shooting Hulstedt caused him to drop the girl. She suffered a skull fracture but was released from the hospital a few days later. Hulstedt was rendered a paraplegic.

Scottsdale has appealed Snow's ruling for summary judgment on Hulstedt's claims of excessive force and battery, and it'll be a while before a trial takes place.

Snow wouldn't grant summary judgment on the claim that dragging Hulstedt was also excessive force -- but Snow wouldn't dismiss the claim, either. A jury would have to figure out whether dragging Hulstedt was reasonable, Snow wrote.

One of the officers who'd dragged Hulstedt said he knew the man's knees were on the ground, but that his priority was to get the shooting victim over to medics at the scene as quickly as possible.

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Image: Michael Pospisil shot this video, which is now evidence in a $40 million lawsuit.
David Hulstedt was dragged 400 feet on his knees after being shot in the back. His knees required "extensive medical attention."

"The dragging resulted in 'gaping wounds in David's knees' that required extensive medical attention," Snow's ruling states.

Scottsdale police defended the action, saying Hulstedt didn't say he was being harmed as he was dragged, but Snow called that defense "irrelevent."

"Presumably, David failed to complain about the damage to his kneecaps because his spinal cord had been severed when he was shot in the back, thus rendering him unable to feel the pain associated with his injury," Snow wrote.

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Snow's ruling also blasted police for searching Hulstedt's home without a warrant after shooting him. The warrantless search wasn't justified and the officer who conducted it aren't immune from liability in the lawsuit, the judge ruled.

Police declined to comment.

Meanwhile, the criminal case against Hulstedt remains ongoing, with a status conference between lawyers held just this morning. In December, Judge Samuel Thumma remanded the case back to the grand jury, saying the panel hadn't been informed properly in 2009 about Hulstedt's wish to testify before them. Hulstedt was originally indicted on suspicion of child abuse and kidnapping.


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viejogringo
viejogringo

If you all think the cops in Az are hard on the mentally challenged - you haven't seen anything until you check Portland, OR cops.  They seem to like killing off quite a few mentally disabled people - even shooting them in the back with shotguns - or 5 or 6 cops whaling the hell of a man who's down on the ground offering no resistance.  Cops are just disposed to beat on and sometimes kill anyone who doesn't do what the cop orders - whether they're capable of understanding or not. The cop wants his control - no matter what - and spilling some blood doesn't seem to matter to many of them

ogloca77
ogloca77

fuck the punk ass scottsdale pd them niggas can suck my dick they know who this !!!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

I also have to wonder about the dragging of a suspect you just shot.

 

The scene was secured at that point, why not just have ems come to the injured suspect where he lay and assess there before moving? That is how it is supposed to be done especially with gunshot or trauma accident/injury victims.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

To take the shot at any time while he had the child in hand at all is just plain stupid and looking at the video it appeared he had the child raised like he was playing airplane with him/her, which makes the shooting even worse since the child is up in the air - granted the shot line is clear to the suspects body but taking the shot means no one was thinking about the childs safety, just getting the suspect no matter what.

 

Scottsdale and the specific cops in question screwed the pooch here and will lose this case, no matter what else happens in regards to the charges stemming from this.

RBoswell
RBoswell

Sheriff Joe Arpaio may or may not have had any part in this incident. Without any inside knowledge, it appears to me that the officers failed to serve and protect, and that there didn't appear to be sufficient cause for deadly force. Generally, if the officers suspected that the child was in danger they could have sent in four Officers to control him and remove the baby from the suspect. The possibility that the suspect would have hurt the child appears to be small judging by the way the baby was carried and by the report of the parents. I think that deadly force was excessive. But I don't have all the facts and information to make a difinative conclusion.

Richard Boswell

StegsNewton
StegsNewton

Honestly, the video shows that this turd deserved to be shot in the back and dragged 5000 ft.

fuckallyall
fuckallyall

crazy people should expect to get what they get. I mean, they're crazy and everything, who knows what they might do at any moment?

FuckingPigs
FuckingPigs

No lying about it now, fucking pigs.

FuckingPigs
FuckingPigs

F-en police are out of control in this state.

EL Indio
EL Indio

Can't wait for da revolution...

tersian
tersian

He was using his daughter as a human shield. No respect for her safety and shows lack of needed judgement to protect his daughter from harm. So, do you interviene before she is killed by him or take him out and risk injuring both? Let's hope none of you have to ever make that decision. I know you'd all rather sit here and judge someone who is trying to serve and protect.

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

Fucking Scottsdale pigs. Making us pay for their fucking uniform dry cleaning through taxes and now this shit

JustforAz
JustforAz

I don't know the full extent of the situation, but after reviewing the video clip, I would say he has a case.  Clearly it shows the police did not take the child's safety into concern. He is not using the child as a barrier to being shot.  You would not leave the child unattended.  He had his hands in the air while holding the child.  Then shot and the child falls to the ground 6ft..  The first thing the 3 ociffers should have arrested him and called for back up and a ambulance or 2.  The other officers should have rushed immediately to the child's aide and to the hospital.  Also why is their no squad car parked in front of the residence to pick up the kidnapper?  Clearly shows negligence.

 

robert_graham
robert_graham

Because he abused his daughter he should have been dragged a mile then beaten silly by Scottsdale police.

StegsNewton
StegsNewton

I don't know anything about law enforcement but I believe it is a common tactic to drag a perp that you just shot so he doesn't get shot even more if there are other perps in the house about to open fire. It's only for the individual's safety... unless they say that it hurts and then they will stop the dragging. If the perp doesn't complain, it is defacto permission that they agree to the dragging. This was actually all covered on a Perry Mason episode at one time. They will call the guy perp as well.

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

You sound like an ignorant coward ass bitch like these cops, You and arpaiofan must be fucking each other too...ignorant MF 

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @StegsNewton Sounds like you deserve it more than he did from what I saw in that video

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

WOW, What a life you have.... Sucking Arpaio cock and spending time talking ignorant. I'm not even sure how your own Mom could love you, you are a PRICK 

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @FuckingPigs Hopefully you will be the one to be shot by police next.  When cops are standing over you with a 44 magnum pointed at your head they'll have just one thing to ask you and that is "do you feel lucky punk?"

mtbieker
mtbieker

 @tersian You fucking moron.   Did you happen to notice the cops caused the a 2 year old girl to have a fractured skull?   Yes I can damn well judge these dumbasses, who don't have an ounce of common sense between them.

 

Unlike you I actually have a brain and know how to use it. 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @tersian really sure doesn't look like it to me. looks like he was playing with his kid. If there wasn't the shooting, then most normal people would see it as a guy playing with his child.

Lone-Wolf
Lone-Wolf

Did anyone ever tell you how ugly you look in that photo? I thought you were Anna Gaines to begin with.  @JoeArpaioFan 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @JoeArpaioFan how exactly did he abuse his daughter? Ignore what the media said because they were wrong. His child WAS injured in the fall. Duh.

SackStomper
SackStomper

If police dragged you a mile on your face, it wouldn't it improve your looks. Are those your real lips or pig's anus implants?

JustforAz
JustforAz

 @JoeArpaioFan I agree with "yourracismsucks".  Thank god you will never be in law enforcement with that attitude that only hurts the public domain.

 

yourracismsucks
yourracismsucks

 @JoeArpaioFan

 because youre a crazed psychotic racist. you should "dragged a mile then beaten silly by Scottsdale police." see how that works. not defending the dude in the video but horrible racist trolls like you should just fucking dissappear. you are a drain on the planet

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @StegsNewton You're seriously quoting Perry Mason as your backing?

 

Well I do know Law Enforcement since I spent 6 years doing it. You are correct in your statements ONLY if there is a further immediate danger to the suspect which in this case there was not, the house was cleared immediately, they had no reason to believe there was anyone else in the house and especially no one that was hostile.

 

There was no danger and scottsdale cops did make this mans injuries worse needlessly.

ogloca77
ogloca77

 @JoeArpaioFan  i think that dumbass deserved to be shot and dragged to but u my nigga need to get off arpaios dick u not on that nigga payroll fuck outta here u dickridin faggt

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

 @ptcgaz a guy playing with his kid? he took his child hostage, that's why a swat team was there

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @Lone-Wolf I can see I have pissed you off and I am making sense.  Otherwise you would not be acting so defensively.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @ptcgaz Why is it ignore the media about this but not ignore the media concerning Sheriff Joe?

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @JustforAz And I suppose that you also support this person who has hurt a child?  Well then do not complain about the 400 sex cases in El Mirage you say have not been investigated.  Actually Scottsdale PD should have just shot him and ended his life.  there how do you like that you goofy bastard?

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @yourracismsucks Oh so you want to defend those who hurt innocent children?  First it's all about blasting MCSO for what you say are over 400 failed sex investigations in El Mirage but now you have decided to protect somebody who has hurt a child?  Just what is wrong with you?  Scottsdale PD should have held a public lynching (after they dragged him) because he deserved more of a harsher punishment than he got.  And his lawsuit must be dismissed and it will.

robert_graham
robert_graham

 @ptcgaz If a person is mentally ill and out of control like he was, that's more of a good reason to deal with him in the way they did.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @david_saint01  @azcumsquelcher yes David, you are correct. Their training ESP in dealing with the mentally ill is bad. There was no real reason for them to shoot. 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @azcumsquelcher Did you fucking read what I wrote you asshat. Ignore the swat team and the reason they were there and look at he video again. His parents only said he took his kid hostage, it sure doesn't look like that to me. Also in most hostage situations with innocent people involve the authorities DO not open fire, esp not without warning. It shows AZ cops do not know how to handle fucking mentally ill people. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

 @azcumsquelcher all the more reason for them to NOT shoot him while he was holding her! Whats the point of tax payers paying for tasers for SPD (who ran the initial trials for them mind you) if they shoot first anyways? Yes, the result could have been the same (Ie dropping the baby) but at least it would have been more warranted than shooting him 6 times! which also brings me to the point, the cops are DAMN lucky they didnt hit the baby too. You can see ricochets coming off the wall as well.. They are supposed to train for stuff like this...they get an F this round for sure! (yes, im sure their job is far from easy..but common sense shouldnt go right out the window)

Lone-Wolf
Lone-Wolf

 No reason to be "pissed off". As your lame username lamely points out. That you're nothing more than just a simple "fan" of the 80 year old octogenarian fool. As somebody else pointed this notion out: Thank God, you're not in law enforcement. "Good ol' boy" attitude has no place in LEA, not even in the corrupt MCSO where you worship. Even if you're a Paul  "chicken little" Chagolla wannabe. And to add on top of that---Thank God for the ACLU, eh "ese"?@JoeArpaioFan 

ogloca77
ogloca77

 @JoeArpaioFan i think that dumbass deserved to be shot and dragged to but u my nigga need to get off arpaios dick u not on that nigga payroll fuck outta here u dickridin faggt

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @JoeArpaioFan BTW as an aside what does the Joke have to do with this, this case revolves AROUND Scottsdale PD which is different then MCSO

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @JoeArpaioFan because in this case the Media reported what the SPD reported to them which has been proven to be lies due to the video above. The guy dropped the kid 6 feet and you are going to tell me that he abused his kid when the cops shot him in the back like pussies. you are a pussy too if you support cops shooting unarmed people with their children in the back. 

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

 @JoeArpaioFan

 "there how do you like that you goofy bastard"

As much as your mom likes it dog style with my thumb in her asshole. Begs for it. baa baa, goat fucker.

 

 

woefatcat
woefatcat

 @JoeArpaioFan The child was not hurt until it hit the ground. Did the guy do that? No, Scotty. The child was dropped because the cops shot him in the back. Was he making a move to hurt the child at the time they shot him? Shit man, I've seen videos of south asian cops disarming a dude with a fucking butcher knife and not hurt anyone. Would they have hurt the child worse if the swatty on the dudes right would have just snatched the baby while he was holding above his head? Then shoot the fucker. I know you have a love of all brown uniforms but you are wrong on this one!

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @shadeaux14  @JoeArpaioFan yes, apparently PPD and SPD also have some issues with this. This case puts some heat on Scottsdale PD and PHX PD kinda got themselves in the middle of things with the whole Marty incident. Police here don't know how to deal with mentally ill people these days, they need to be retrained.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

 @JoeArpaioFan this wasn't a case of sexual abuse you stupid fucker. If you think I am mad I am not. You are too stupid to make me mad.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

 @JoeArpaioFan Last I heard, Child abuse is not a death penalty offense. Of course, hydrocephalics  like yourself don't seem to comprehend the idea that, above all, law enforcement should OBEY THE LAW THEY HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD. 

 

This is definitely a foreign concept to the MCSO and seems to be a problem for several law enforcement agencies in Arizona.

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