Police officers love to be characterized as “heroes,” but when one real hero father tried to save his 3-year-old son from a burning building, the police were not showing any of their allegedly characteristic bravery. Not only did they not try to save the boy themselves, they actually tasered his father for trying to rescue the child.
Ryan Miller was only trying to rescue his stepson from the burning house after he had just escaped, and realized the boy was still in there.
Riley Rieser, who was 3-years-old, died as a result of the police unwillingness to save him or allow him to be saved.
Now, Miller is suing the city of Louisiana, Missouri for the October 31, 2013 death.
“He was my best friend,” Miller said in an interview with the Louisiana Press Journal. “He was everybody’s best friend. If you would have met him, you would have loved him. He was the joy of my life.”
Police tasered Miller over and over – three different times. They even tasered him after he was handcuffed: all for the “crime” of trying to save his son’s life!
Fire investigators say the blaze was started by faulty wiring.
“I was hysterical, yes, because I wanted to save my son,” Miller explained. He was never charged with a crime, since he hadn’t actually committed one. But apparently police officers are allowed to assault you for not committing crimes now, even when you’re on your own property.
Miller says he’s suing the cops for “excessive, negligent infliction of emotional distress, wrongful death and false imprisonment.”
The suit was filed on March 12 and obtained by Courthouse News.
“Officers Jeffrey Salois and William Harrison prevented Ryan Miller from entering the home to save his stepson Riley Rieser by forcibly moving and by repeatedly Tasing Ryan Miller, including once in the police cruiser as Riley Rieser was being removed from the home,” the suit states.
Miller and wife Catherine Miller have also filed suit against the slumlord, Louis Houston, saying that he committed investigation found, and “failed to keep the home up to code”.
Miller’s mom, Lori Miller, said the police tasering was nothing short of “police brutality.”
The City Administrator, Bob Jenne, actually had the audacity to say that the police were right to do this, as they believe Miller had actually started the fire himself!
Jenne phrased this as a “judgment call” over a “concern that he [Ryan Miller] himself might become a casualty of the fire as well.”
Somehow these people are still employed and being paid with our tax dollars.
“It’s just heartless. How could they be so heartless?” the child’s aunt, Emily Miller said in an interview with KHQA-TV. “And while they all just stood around and waited for the fire department, what kind of police officer wouldn’t try and save a 3-year-old burning in a house?”
(Article by M. David)