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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