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Woman sues Michigan police after bloody arrest video

Video shows Coldwater police knocking her unconscious while handcuffed
Her husband called police in ..

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  • Video shows Coldwater police knocking her unconscious while handcuffed
  • Her husband called police in July after they fought while she was intoxicated
  • Tiffany McNeil says she has no memory of arrest or hospital; she got 20 stitches
  • The lawsuit alleges that officers lied about the incident in police reports
  • The police reports say that McNeil was combative and resisting arrest

By Mollie Cahillane For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:17 EST, 14 December 2017 | Updated: 15:18 EST, 14 December 2017

A woman in southwestern Michigan is suing local police for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest after being told to watch a bloody video showing the encounter.

Horrifying surveillance video shows a police officer in Coldwater, Michigan, grabbing her by the hair and slamming her into the ground knocking her unconscious, all while she is handcuffed.

In the video Tiffany McNeil, 31, lies in a pool of her own blood after an officer appears to hurl her to the ground. McNeil claims she had no memory of what happened until she saw the video.

Coldwater police allege that McNeil threw herself at the officer, forcing them to take her down. McNeil claims she had no memory of what happened until she saw the video

Coldwater police allege that McNeil threw herself at the officer, forcing them to take her down. McNeil claims she had no memory of what happened until she saw the video

McNeil can be seen in a pool of her own blood after the arrest. The suit alleges that officers used undue forceMcNeil can be seen in a pool of her own blood after the arrest. The suit alleges that officers used undue force

McNeil can be seen in a pool of her own blood after the arrest. The suit alleges that officers used undue force

Coldwater police allege that McNeil threw herself at the officer, forcing them to take her down.

McNeil's husband called police on July 24 after they fought while she was intoxicated. Her blood alcohol level was a dangerous .21.

Police arrested her and took her to the Branch County Jail, where the violent incident occurred right outside.

Officer Lewis Eastmead wrote in his report that McNeil used her body weight 'to push herself off the wall with her chest and turned toward me. I was not able to push her back', according to Fox 2.

McNeil was taken to the hospital where she needed 20 stitches. She also suffered from a concussion.

'As I woke up, my head and face, my whole body was bruised pretty badly,' McNeil said.

McNeil (pictured) is suing Eastmead along with the city of Coldwater, the Coldwater Police Department, and other officers alleging that undue force was used in her arrestMcNeil (pictured) is suing Eastmead along with the city of Coldwater, the Coldwater Police Department, and other officers alleging that undue force was used in her arrestMcNeil suing Eastmead (pictured) along with the city of Coldwater, the Coldwater Police Department, and other officers alleging that undue force was used in her arrestMcNeil suing Eastmead (pictured) along with the city of Coldwater, the Coldwater Police Department, and other officers alleging that undue force was used in her arrest

McNeil (left) is suing Eastmead (right) along with the city of Coldwater, the Coldwater Police Department, and other officers alleging that undue force was used in her arrest

'My hair was full of blood. my face was unrecognizable – was completely swollen and black. It was actually still pretty bruised when I got out 23 days later.'

McNeil was told to watch the video, but there is a discrepancy as to whether it was by a fellow inmate or a nurse from the hospital.

The incident has led to a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that officers lied about the incident in police reports. Five officers witnessed the brutal exchange between McNeil and Officer Lewis Eastmead.

The police reports say that McNeil was combative and resisting arrest.

'After being slammed to the ground face-first, Ms. McNeil hit the ground so hard that blood gushed from her face and she lost consciousness. (Eastmead) then got on top of her, delivering kneestrikes to her unconscious body,' according to The Daily Reporter.

The suit claims that Eastmead and Schoenauer both filed false police reports to justify charging McNeil with resisting arrest.

The lawsuit has been filed against the city of Coldwater, the Coldwater Police Department and CPD Officer Lewis Eastmead, as well as other officers.

The suit alleges that undue force was used in her arrest and seeks a jury trial for unspecified actual and punitive damages.

'This cop literally grabbed her and threw her face first onto the concrete and split her head open,' her lawyer Solomon Radner said. 'It's not hard to imagine why she can't remember things now.'

'Anybody else who would do something like this, grab a handcuffed person, slam that person face-first onto concrete so that they split their head open, requiring stitches and hospitalization,' he said.

'Anybody who does that belongs in prison. Anybody who did that in front of five other police officers would get arrested on the spot.

McNeil was charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest, and has pleaded guilty to domestic violence.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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