FPI / February 12, 2022
A police officer's beating of Rosanne Boyland with a steel baton and a large wooden stick while she laid unconscious in a packed U.S. Capitol tunnel on Jan. 6, 2021 was "objectively reasonable," according to a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) internal affairs investigation.
Video footage reportedly taken after Boyland had fallen unconscious in the tunnel shows MPD Officer Lila Morris beating Boyland with a steel baton and what appeared to be a wooden walking stick.
Morris can be seen on bodycam footage picking up the stick, raising it over her head and striking Boyland several times in quick succession before being pulled back by other officers.
Following the events of Jan. 6, Morris was hailed as a hero and traveled to the Super Bowl in Tampa as a guest of honor.
Texas resident Gary McBride filed a police brutality complaint with the D.C. police department in connection with the incident.
McBride said he was told by the director of the Risk Management Division of the MPD Internal Affairs Bureau that "use of force within this investigation was determined to be objectively reasonable."
"Officer Morris is still employed with the MPD and not facing criminal charges related to the use of force on January 6," Capt. David Augustine, the director, told McBride.
The Internal Affairs investigation concluded that Boyland, a resident of Kennesaw, Georgia, was already unconscious when Morris beat her, according to a report from the Epoch Times.
The D.C. medical examiner determined that Boyland died of an accidental overdose of Adderall, an explanation that her friends and family have not accepted. Boyland's father says his late daughter had been taking the prescription medication for a decade.
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