Video Shows Deputy Smash Autistic Man’s Skull Into The Ground… Killing Him For Joking Around


This was completely uncalled for…

Matt Agorist / The Free Thought Project


Mount Vernon, OH — A Knox County deputy is now being investigated after he fatally assaulted 33-year old David Dehmann on April 21. Dehmann was autistic and had Tourette’s Syndrome, and this was well-known by the local law enforcement.

Mount Vernon police picked up Dehmann on the 21st for being intoxicated but was released within a couple hours after being cleared by a hospital for release. At 7:43pm that same day, he was arrested near a public school for disorderly conduct – harm to self, at which point he was taken to Knox County Jail by MVPD Cpl. Travis Tharp when things took a turn for the worse.

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During the booking process, Dehmann would not make it 15 feet into the station before his life would be ended.


The sickening surveillance camera footage of his killing was released last week which showed this deadly act of police rage.

The video starts out showing Dehmann being completely cooperative. He maintained this cooperation throughout the entire process.


He’s seen helping the deputies to remove his clothing and his shoes. At one point, he even playfully pats one of the deputies on the back; something a child might do.

Most of the deputies in the room seemingly laugh it off as an innocent autistic man being silly because he’s drunk. This was apparent by the lack of restraints on Dehmann.

However, Deputy Chase Wright was not enjoying Dehmann’s shenanigans.

As Dehmann is walking past the officers, either drunkenly or playfully, he points his finger at them; never making actual physical contact. When he gets to deputy Wright, he points just like he did to the first, but he is swiftly met with physical retaliation. His hand is grabbed by Deputy Wright who then violently proceeds to slam the autistic and impaired Dehmann to the ground with so much force that when his head hit, it killed him.

Prior to the body slam, Dehmann can be seen with his arm up in what seems to be some sort of physical move. However, his fist is not closed and is fingers are out. He was obviously not trying to punch nor was he in any capacity to cause harm to Wright.

Dehmann’s family is left devastated. Dehmann’s step-mother Melissa spoke on the tragedy, saying “He might have had his issues in the past and everything, but he didn’t deserve to die because of this.”

The original statement by the KCSO stated,

“While Dehmann was in the jail’s intake area he became aggressive with the jail staff making an aggressive move towards Deputy [Chase] Wright. Mr. Dehmann did attempt to hit Dep. Wright in the face causing Dep. Wright to place Mr. Dehmann into a take down hold, taking him to the ground to get control of him. Once control was gained it was found that Mr. Dehmann had hit his head on the floor during the incident. Mr. Dehmann was transported to KCH ER by Mount Vernon medics for a medical evaluation.”

When you watch the video below, it is all too clear who “became aggressive” in this situation.

Video Shows Deputy Smash Autistic Man’s Skull into the Ground, Killing Him for Being Silly

AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS supports Law Enforcement and know they have an extremely difficult and dangerous job – however we must report when officers such as this cross the line the same as we report on the violence against good officers. This is completely unacceptable and we the people can NOT tolerate this overreach of power. 

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of this young man who was senselessly murdered.



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  1. super dude says:

    That cop is totally at fault. It’s pretty obvious that none of the other deputies were threatened by the man. His reaction was totally uncalled for. He needs to be held accountable. You can tell just by his aggressive action to an autistic man he is a Bully.

  2. Russ Noble says:

    Pretty simple really. The officer intended to hurt the guy and ended up killing him. This is clear cut pre-meditated homicide, unquestionably. The officer should go to jail for the rest of his life. Simple.


    • Rattlerjake says:

      Hell no! That over reaction caused a death, he needs to face prosecution for murder and the death penalty. This was NOT accident, it was an absolute abuse of power and a total violation of the training these cops receive.

  4. chuckallan says:

    I want to see this pos cop go down for Murder in the 2nd Degree!!

  5. Wow. I am shocked that there were two supervisors there and this still happened. I have to wonder if the Deputy in question was on steroids and had a moment of roidrage. I am even more shocked that the scene was cleaned up instead of being processed for reports and investigation. This is destruction of evidence and maybe obstruction of justice. It is obvious that the female Deputy’s judgement as to a perceived threat was far different than the male Deputy. I also question the lack of medical attention given to the suspect over a considerable period of time. They are obviously in a jail/in-processing facility where there is a 24hr nurse and clinic. My guess is, heads will roll. As far as what some of you want? I see manslaughter at best. Premeditation is an element of 1st degree murder and I don’t see it here. Even so, things will seriously change in that department and affect many careers.

  6. Concerned Vegas Citizen says:

    Move along, nothing to see here. Just another good ole boy cop pumped up on steroids killing another citizen. He will be cleared as the victim will be shown to have been at fault for not having full mental capacity and “asked for it”. Probably get a promotion for it.

  7. I could pick which officer it was going to be BEFORE I even finished the video. His body language said it all. Definitely uncalled for.

  8. anarchyst says:

    There is much angst and consternation against prosecutors and grand juries who refuse to bring charges against police officers, even when incontrovertible evidence is presented. Even with incontrovertible audio and video evidence, prosecutors are loath to prosecute rogue law enforcement personnel.
    Let’s examine the reasons why it is so difficult to prosecute thug cops:
    Most prosecutors are former police officers or have extensive dealings with police departments and have ongoing relationships with police departments in their respective jurisdictions. They are friendly with the judges in their jurisdictions, as well. This, along with “absolute immunity” makes it easy for them to “cover up” police abuses and behavior. Prosecutors cannot be sued for malfeasance…it takes a judge (who prosecutors are friendly with) to bring charges on a rogue prosecutor (which almost never happens).
    In addition, prosecutors guide the actions of grand juries. Prosecutors are not required to introduce any evidence to grand juries, (can and do) easily “whitewash” the actions of rogue cops. On the other hand, prosecutors can (and often do) go after honest citizens who seek justice outside official channels…prosecutors have ultimate power and are not afraid to use it…their immunity sees to that.
    Another aspect to a grand jury’s inability to prosecute bad cops is the fear of retribution…cops drive around all day, have nothing but time, have access to various databases, and can easily get the names and addresses of grand jurors…this, in itself can be a powerful deterrent against grand jurors who “want to do the right thing” and prosecute bad cops. There are many cases of cops parking in front of grand jurors’ residences, following them around, and threaten to issue citations to them, in order to “convince” them to “make the right decision”…the “thin blue line” at its worst…
    The whole system has to change.
    Eliminate absolute and qualified immunity for all public officials. The fear of personal lawsuits would be a powerful deterrent against abuses of the public.
    Any funds disbursed to civilians as a result of official misconduct must be taken from the police pension funds–NOT from the taxpayers.
    Grand juries must be superior to the prosecutor; ALL evidence must be presented to grand jurors. Failure to do so must be considered a felony and subject prosecutors to prosecution themselves.
    No police agency can be allowed to investigate itself. Internal affairs departments must be restricted to minor in-house investigations of behavior between cops. All investigations must be handled by outside agencies, preferably at the state level.
    Civilian police review boards must be free of police influence. Members of civilian review boards must have NO ties to police departments. Relatives of police would be prohibited from serving…Recently, the “supreme court” threw police another “bone”. The court ruled that police are not responsible for their actions if they are “ignorant of the law”…now, let’s get this straight–honest citizens cannot use “ignorance of the law” as an excuse, but cops can??
    Revolution is sorely needed…..

  9. anarchyst says:

    Here are “police” practices that deserve to be exposed:

    #1. During a traffic stop, the police officer will touch the back of your car. The reason for this “touch” is that, quite often, the police officer will have a small quantity of narcotics (marijuana or cocaine) on him (in his hand) that he will rub on the car in order to help “justify a search”. When the dog is brought in, it will react to “cues” from its handler as well as the drug residue on the vehicle and help “justify a search”. This tactic is mostly used against young people. Drugs can also be “planted” on a “suspect”.
    The “touch” used to be a way for police officers to “prove” that they had an interaction with a citizen, but no more . . .

    #2. Most (if not all) cops possess a “throwdown” weapon. This “helper” is obtained from a criminal who is then “let go” without his weapon and is always used to justify a questionable police situation and to “sanitize” a “crime scene to absolve police on the scene of criminal police behavior.

    #3. If you are in the back of a police car, LIE DOWN on the seat. Police use the concept of “screening” to abuse their unwilling “passenger”. This involves, driving at high rates of speed, violent turns and other antics to get the passenger to “hit the screen” separating the front from the back with his face. Hence the act of “screening”.

    #4. If you are being handcuffed, quite often the police officer will wrench you arm behind you, forcing you to “turn around”. The officer will then add a charge of “assault” to whatever other charges they concoct against you (just for being forced to turn around). They “pile on” charges, hoping you will plead guilty to at least one.

    Remember–NEVER CONSENT TO SEARCH . . . You must be polite, but firm in your refusal. You can state that “you NEVER consent to searches” as well as using these “magic” words–“am I free to go?” The police officer MUST answer your question . . . If you are being detained and an illegal search takes place, you have legal recourse.

    Remember–police are not your friends . . .

    That being said, not all “law enforcement” is criminal, but the “thin blue line” that they so jealously guard (and “look the other way” when rogue cops abuse their authority) does much to taint ALL “law enforcement” with having ulterior motives.

  10. anarchyst says:

    There have been too many instances of police errors, mistakes, and misconduct that have not been properly addressed. From harassing honest citizens over minor disagreements, questionable shootings of honest citizens, to SWAT teams raiding “the wrong house”, smashing everything in sight, with no apologies to the occupants for their “mistakes”, there is something seriously amiss with law enforcement in this country.

    Militarization, along with the “us vs. them” attitude, seeing the general public as the “enemy”, treating the public with suspicion, many of those that comprise the “thin blue line” do much to alienate themselves from their “bosses”, the law-abiding public.

    Police have forgotten that a little “Andy Taylor” can go a long way in soothing fears that the public has of law enforcement…

    “Blow back” has arrived with extremely unconscionable and tragic results…
    No humans in their right mind want to see anyone lose their life at the hands of criminals of any sort, especially “law enforcement officers”–those who are charged with “keeping the peace”.

    It seems that in today’s supercharged climate of “officer safety”, innocent civilian lives have been extinguished, with tragic results.

    Part of the “problem” has to do with the elevation of “officer safety”, trumping “citizen safety”. It seems that honest citizens have been relegated to second-class “status”, being expendable whenever a “law enforcement” officer’s (perceived) “safety” is threatened.

    The hypocrisy is so blatant, that even with incontrovertible video and audio evidence, police-friendly prosecutors, along with “rubber stamp” grand juries STILL absolve rogue cops of wrongdoing.

    The public is not stupid, seeing through the double-standard that presently exists. This, in no certain terms, absolves anyone of responsibility for perpetrating unnecessary violence against “law enforcement” or the general public…

    The sad part of this whole situation is that when the SHTF, the 99% of good cops will suffer, as those with “axes to grind” will see only the uniform and will be unable (or even unwilling) to differentiate between the “good” and the few “bad”…collateral damage at its worst.

    Non-violent changes in the whole system are sorely needed……

  11. George Ennis says:

    would like to hear the audio of this encounter.

  12. Tony Garriott says:

    This Wright guy is a bully and a coward.He sees one of the few moments in his sorry life where he could hurt someone without getting his ass kicked and he took advantage of it.Not only is he a coward but hes a stupid coward doing it in front of a camera.Nothing less than murder charges would be acceptable here.

  13. Did anyone actually watch the video?

    The drunk guy puts his finger in Wright’s face, Wright slaps his finger away, then the drunk guy attempts to strike the officer.

    He wasn’t innocent and the cop is not totally at fault.

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