This is Carol, Roger's wife. A deputy who assisted in the arrest of Legal Schnauzer publisher Roger Shuler can be heard on video threatening to break the journalist's arms. The primary officer in the arrest has admitted under oath in court that he has a history of citizen complaints about police brutality and excessive force.
What does this say about deputies Jason Valenti and Chris Blevins? It isn't pretty, to be sure.
Blevins and Valenti can be seen on video dragging Shuler out of his garage and placing him face first on the concrete driveway. Shuler's arms clearly are behind his back, but Valenti is apparently not pleased about something. He can be heard telling Shuler that if he doesn't let his arms go loose, "I'm going to break them."
At Shuler's recent resisting arrest trial, the journalist asked Blevins if he had ever been the subject of citizen complaints about police brutality and excessive force. Blevins answered yes, and when Shuler attempted to follow up on that questioning, District Judge Ron Jackson cut him off.
"Deputies Valenti and Blevins clearly have a history of thuggish behavior in their roles with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office," Shuler said. "The video in this case is extremely disturbing, particularly when you consider that there was no warrant in the case and the video clearly shows both deputies entering our house without showing a warrant because they didn't have one."