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Chief’s Promise to Charge Man After Drug Induced Attack on Officers Upheld

BROOKSVILLE – You may remember 39-year-old Phillip Glenn Napier, the man who was hospitalized after an altercation with Brooksville Police on September 13th of last year.

On that day, officers responded to the residence, after family complained that Napier was acting irrational and was under the influence of narcotics. Family members asked law enforcement to have Napier removed from the property, but he locked himself in a shed and refused to come out.

Officers eventually removed Napier from the shed but he began kicking them in the chest and groin area. At one point, Napier armed himself with a knife but one of the officers disarmed him before anyone was injured. During the struggle, one of the officers deployed his Taser in an effort to subdue Napier but he continued to struggle and nearly took control of the officer’s Taser.

Additional officers arrived on scene and placed Napier in handcuffs. Moments later, Napier lost consciousness, which eventually led to officers performing CPR to revive him. Napier was transported to Bayfront Health on Cortez Blvd, where he remained for an undetermined length of time.

According to Brooksville Police Chief George Turner, Napier would be charged upon his release from the hospital if he survived his medical episode.

The incident sparked controversy among some family members who were present during the altercation. They accused Police of using excessive force in subduing Napier and causing his near fatal medical episode.

Chief Turner held a press conference, where he stood by his officer’s actions and said Napier’s medical episode was most likely the result of him being under the influence of Methamphetamine; however, family refused to release Napier’s medical records, so the exact cause remains unknown.

On Saturday, Chief Turner stood by his promise and charged Napier with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Depriving Officers of Means of Protection.

Napier was booked into the Hernando Jail, where he remains – held on a $20,000 bond.

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  • What kind of prosecuting attorney do we have in Hernando County? Once a suspect is placed under felony arrest for being under the influence of drugs resulting in a felony assault on a police officer with a knife?, the family cannot refuse to release medical records as they belong to the Brooksville Police Dept and the County attorneys office as evidence.Any first year law student knows that! The family is lucky that he is still alive! A knife is considered a deadly weapon and the officers shown considerable restraint in not using deadly force!

    Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 4:19 am
  • Hey sam its soundS like a threat all of you are pretty pathetic lmfao

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 6:18 pm
  • Hope he gets life and meets bubba in prison . Hernando county is full of this type of trash and then they try to find loop holes to blame there actions on the cops.

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 7:36 am
  • I love how these officers are covering themselves after they beat my uncle to death. Justice will be served. Promise that.

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 9:57 pm
    • Sound like a threat?

      Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 4:31 pm
  • according to the article the family asked for help from the police so what do

    you want help or no help?

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 3:59 pm
  • and I am sure mental health issues play a role in this too makes mental health issues and drugs and you have a disaster

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 3:09 pm
  • why dont you try minded your own bussiness were you there? like a fly on the wall or something… dint think so how bout go get a life and guit worrying bout someone elses you kinda people are the worst kind out there

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 2:59 pm
    • Thank you for your OPINION!

      Monday, 23 March 2015, 4:56 pm
    • How many grades did you miss in elementary school? Sorry… I should just try to “MINDED” my own business…. DINT think you could spell anyhow. best of luck on that job resume friend.

      Monday, 23 March 2015, 10:48 pm
      • DINT?

        Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 8:52 am
  • The family asked to have him removed,he fought them so why is it the officers fault. The family got what they asked for. Good job all around.

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 2:44 pm
  • Don’t take illegal drugs and this stuff like this won’t happen to you, Why would any person want to mess around with illegal drugs in beyond comprehension. People get addicted, people die all the time, Why would people gamble with their lives like that.

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 2:37 pm
    • Have you ever seen a Meth user mouth? Meth Mouth is really nasty!

      Monday, 23 March 2015, 3:05 pm
  • If he had NOT resisted arrest, the officers would not have had to use any force at all! Resisting violently is not very smart! I have no sympathy for him what so ever!

    Monday, 23 March 2015, 2:07 pm

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