It’s NEVER an “Assault” –

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– when police commit an act of criminal violence against an innocent citizen. Instead, it’s always a “struggle,” as if the victim were somehow involved in mutual combat.

Witness this sickening incident from Ft. Worth, which is described as a “violent traffic stop” in the headline, and a “struggle” in the body of this account from WFAA-TV:

“A deaf man ended up with a broken nose after he found himself in a struggle with a Fort Worth police officer. While the incident happened over one year ago, the video that captured it was just released.It began with Christopher Ferrell, 43, being pulled over in his maroon sedan for speeding. Ferrell reached for his identification to inform the officer of his disability.

`He is deaf,’ said Paul Goetz, Ferrell’s attorney. `He is hearing impaired.’ But, Officer J.A. Miller said he was concerned Ferrell was reaching for a gun. Miller withdrew his gun, grabbed Ferrell, swung him around and slammed his head into the rear windshield.

`He was trying to show his identification to the officer so that the officer would know that he was simply unable to communicate with him on a normal basis,’ Goetz said. Ferrell was then forced into the car.”

A face smash, explains a friend of mine, is “a deliberate maiming move…. If you’re not ready for a shove on your head, the head’s weight makes a great wrecking ball for use against what sits on its front — the nose, mouth and brow ridges.”

This “deliberate maiming move” was inflicted on Ferrell as he was trying to cooperate with the officer.

The video included in the story shows Ferrell, as he’s being assaulted by Miller, desperately gesticulating in sign language prior to being shoved into the car, but it doesn’t occur to the mouth-breathing tax-feeder that what he might have on his hands was a failure to communicate.

Miller was “punished” — meaning he was suspended for two days without pay, rather than being cashiered from the force and prosecuted for felonious assault, as he should have been. And of course, the career parasite is appealing that penalty.

The city, meanwhile, touched up the taxpayers for $50,000 to settle with Ferrell, preempting a lawsuit that would have cost them even more.

Miller, predictably, insisted that he thought Ferrell may have had a gun, and was worried about his safety. This, we are to believe, is “vigilance.” However, when a citizen is confronted with an armed agent of the state who may attack, maim, or kill him with impunity, the same sense of heightened anxiety for one’s safety is called “paranoia.”

9:07 pm on April 11, 2009