Is it illegal to take a Tylenol in the presence of a cop? That might sound like a silly question, but I ask it at least half seriously. A lot of cops are obsessed with drugs. No wonder. Many are attracted to law enforcement because they hate drugs, even marijuana. They believe that the government should use force against anyone who takes drugs. The drug war also helps ensure they make good overtime pay, which for even rank and file cops can approach $200,000 per year. Yes, you read that right. Cops can make a lot of money.
Now, I bring this question up because Siobhan Householder was in a prisoner holding area at the Summit County Jail in Ohio. She had appeared voluntary, to get a warrant lifted. So at best or worst, she was sort of in custody. She swallowed two Tylenol and was in the process of swallowing a third one, for a tooth ache. Deputy Eric Vaughn spotted her taking the pill and demanded to know what she swallowed. She told him. He demanded she spit it out, but she had barely responded before Vaughn swiftly threw her to the ground, pulling on her hair and squeezed her mouth.
Of course no illegal drugs were found, but if you think that Householder was not charged with a crime, you would be wrong. People are almost always charged with crimes, even if no drugs are found, as a covering offense.
If she had assaulted Vaughn, like he assaulted her, she would be facing multiple felonies with years in prison. Vaughn will be at best, suspended with pay. Ironically the Sheriff's Department stated that she was "restrained for her safety." Restrained is hardly the word, more like an assault. Even if the pill she took was illegal, it is not many pills that would have harmed her worse then the beating that was inflicted upon her.
Householder had cuts inside her mouth, bruises to her legs, along with other injuries.
Now, if this happened to someone who walked into a police station to make a complaint (not in custody in any sense) would they have the right to take a Tylenol or herb without police assaulting them? If you think so, you would be deluded. The war on drugs has given the police the ability, it seems, to demand people open their mouths on command and make their mouths for inspections for cops. The 4th Amendment doesn't cover our mouths, it seems.
Just walking down the street a cop might try to get you to spit out anything you pop in your mouth, it has happened at least once to people walking by a gas station.
Remember, the war on drugs is a direct assault on our liberty, as it is being carried out. There are groups such as the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, that are working to reform these laws. They could use your support.
Although I cannot link to the video on this site, it shouldn't be that hard to google. Afterwards, politely contact Sheriff Steve Barry of Summit County and urge an investigation, of Deputy Vaughn. Vaughn should be disciplined, if not fired.
His phone number is 330-643-2154. Thanks.