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This is chilling.
A 12-minute video showing the disturbing unlawful detention and assault of a woman by a state trooper she had a relationship with is going viral on social media platform X.
A married state trooper had “an intimate relationship” with another woman and allegedly used his power to have her involuntarily committed to a mental health facility for five days by claiming that she was suicidal.
The woman filed a police report and a number of charges were filed against the law enforcement officer including felony strangulation, unlawful restraint, and official oppression.
The video of the incident is very difficult to watch.
Ronald Davis, 37, of Williamstown, was an enlisted member of the PSP assigned to Troop L, covering Lebanon, Berks and Schuylkill counties, at the time of the alleged crimes on Aug. 21.
According to a criminal complaint, Davis obtained an involuntary commitment under the Mental Health Procedure Act for a woman with whom he had a relationship.
When he located her, he used what the district attorney’s office described as “substantial force” on her.
The physical altercation – which was recorded by an acquaintance of the woman – resulted in her being injured, the criminal complaint states.
The district attorney’s office said the woman was rational, and the five-day involuntary commitment was improper.
Source: WGAL 8
WGAL News reports that the video of the altercation was recorded by “an acquaintance of the woman”, which is incorrect. The man filming was an acquaintance of Davis according to the District Attorney’s office. It’s clear in the video that the man knew Davis and was watching out for the police to arrive.
Davis has been taken into custody and was denied bail.
The Dauphin County D.A.’s office issued a statement that the state trooper was charged with “felony strangulation, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and official oppression” on September 21, 2023.
At the time of alleged offenses, Davis was an enlisted member of the PSP assigned to Troop L. He is married with a family in Dauphin County. The complaint charges that Davis had an intimate relationship with the victim, M.F. He obtained a involuntary commitment for her under the Mental Health Procedures Act. Without waiting for other troopers, he took a civilian acquaintance and used substantial force upon her. The acquaintance captured the use of force on video. That video is incorporated into the probable cause affidavit. The video and text communications with Davis show that M.F. was rational and the involuntary commitment was improper.
As a result of Davis’ actions, M.F. was involuntarily committed for five days. Magisterial District Judge Rebecca Margerum conducted a preliminary arraignment on September 21, 2023. She reviewed the complaint, affidavit including the video, and heard from the defendant. After the arraignment, Judge Margerum determined that no condition or combination of conditions was sufficient to protect the public from Davis. Judge Margerum committed him to Dauphin County Prison without bail. The investigators on this case conducted a very thorough investigation. The investigators/affiants are Corporal Jeffrey Goodman and Corporal Joseph M. Short of the Pennsylvania State Police. Chief Deputy District Attorney Sarah Phillips will prosecute the case.
These are merely charges and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Source: Dauphin County District Attorney
And this, kiddies, is precisely why some people oppose “red flag” laws for legal gun owners.