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Kevin's teenage daughter was dying of a self inflicted gun shot wound and then he and his son were pepper sprayed and arrested for disturing the peace

Posted by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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Please share and help me get this out to the national media. I hate dealing with this but 6 months ago my family and I went through a horrible tragedy. We found my 16 year old daughter w/ a self inflicted gun shot wound. Dealing with the death of my daughter has been beyond difficult and especially the way she died. I was in a forgiving mood the next morning from the Joplin Police Dept. mistakes but then I read the police reports 3 weeks later and literally started shaking as to what they said. Not only that, I then learned that the police called my sons recruiting sergeant and told him that my son was unfit to serve. (That policeman later called me and told me that was procedure, however Lane Roberts, the police chief, later told me IF that was standard procedure it was news to him and it would not happen again) My son was supposed to be deployed to Afghanistan days after my daughter’s death but it was called off due to the tragedy. This is a brief recollection of what happened that terrible night. We called 911 speeding to the hospital. They told us to go the police station where there would be an ambulance waiting. My son and I placed my daughter in the ambulance and backed away. An EMT turned to us to ask what happened. At that moment my daughter fell off of the gurney, I screamed, then the EMT pointed his finger in my face and screamed at me to calm down while never turning or tending to my daughter. My son was standing next to me, being quiet and not moving. Then my son and I were pepper sprayed, locked up for 3.5 hours (we were told we would be released in 20 minutes and were being charged w/ disturbing the peace) My daughter died at the hospital while my son and I were chained to a bench. My wife was there alone. They charged my son and I w/ assault, obstruction and disturbing the peace. I thought for sure everything would be dropped since I only screamed. It's been 6 months and the prosecutor now wants to charge me w/ assault and take anger management counseling. I do not have anger issues. The police and EMT filed crazy reports. I'm going to turn to the media to tell this story. Many supporters recommended that I do that and so I am.
Thank you,
Kevin Russell

for more background info read Kevin russells facebook entry, the on joplin police dept. and brooke and brant russell’ facebook entries.

I was an emergency department registered nurse for 16 yrs and have seen, been involved and witnessed an incredible amount of tragic situations.  I am a really good e.r. nurse and think that my ability to feel anothers pain and grief (to empathize) is a contributor to my practice not a downfall as I initially worried.

When my sister called me at 4:30 AM I already had been engulfed by DREAD set the phone down and repeated over and over to John “its bad , its bad, I know it ‘s bad ” PICK UP THE PHONE AND FIND OUT” John said.

“OK Melanie, I’m ready . whats wrong?”                  and Melanie goes “huh?” cause when I had set the phone down my heart already knotting up and stretching out making a crying sound, melanie had been telling me that our beautiful 16 yr old neice  (brooke) shot herself in the head and had died at Freeman hospital tonight. NNNNNNNNOOOOOOO.   Oh My God NOOOOOOOOOO. wait wait wait ,   no no  it cant be. omg she asked sadee 2 days ago if she could move in with her. she wanted sadee to go pick her up.  I said no.  they have plans for spring break.  what if only sadee hadnt have asked me.  i need a second chance.  oh the pictures running thru my head.  Wait , DEAD?  are you sure???   what if shes just in ICU?  A coma?  Has to be.  OH no   .  I wanted to sit with brooke and show her the hours of video tape I have of her.  She would laugh her head off i am sure cause she wont remember any of the recorded times i have of when she was only 3 months 6 months, 1 yr old to 5 yr olds.  and how adorable she is.  and her voice and her eyes, and that angelic face.  It is impossible to retell what horrible meltdown a person goes through when an event as this occurs. 

THEN KEVIN CALLED. Kevin is my brother. He is Brookes father.  He begins to tell me the rundown of events that take place from the time of finding Brooke at the park by their house unresponsive . ( She had “gone out for a run” but also took a gun.  ) To the present time and we were on the phone together. 

To tell you the truth my horrible grief and the feeling that I was somewhat to blame my horrible guilt of not letting my daughter go to Missouri to pick up Brooke and bring her to our house in Corpus Christi as she asked 2 days before.  And I DIDNT EVEN CALL BROOKE MYSELF, I JUST SAID NO TO SADEE. AND SADEE HAD TO RELAY THE NO MESSAGE,   I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO GO BACK AND MAKE UP FOR IT .   PPPPLLLEEAASSEEE.  

BUT KEVINS STORY OF WHAT HE AND BRANT (my nephew, Kevins son, Brooke’s brother) had went thru.  OMG to the ninth degree!!!! My beautiful and as close to perfect as is possible sister in law, Julissa , Brooke’s mom is the one who was the first to find Brooke at the park,  I knew I would never be able to speak to her over the phone but as Kevin was retelling me the story of what happened I couldnt quit picturing an image of Julissa just dissolving,  being torn into pieces.  I wanted to be able to pick her up carry her around and take everything away even for a minute. 

Yes grief and deep sadness crashing BUT really a little bit of bewilderment and a feeling of disgust and to the point of rage actually  took some of the darkness away.  The paramedics and the Police officers of the Joplin Police Department are the recipients of this well deserved outrage I have / They should be reprimanded, suspended, and thoroughly ashamed of the series of events they initiated and the hell that they put my brother and family thru.   BROOKE WAS DYING ON THE GROUND WHILE POLICE WERE PEPPER SPRAYING HANDCUFFING AND ARRESTING HER DAD AND BROTHER.  BROOKE DIED AT THE HOSPITAL WHILE KEVIN AND BRANT WERE HANDCUFFED TO A BENCH AT THE POLICE DEPT.  BROOKE WAS ALONE.  JULISSA WAS PUSHED AWAY,  ORDERED TO BACK OFF WHEN SHE WAS TRYING TO ADJUST BROOKES CLOTHING , SO SHE WASNT SO EXPOSED AND INAPPROPRIATELY DISPLAYED.  SHE WANTED TO BE BY HER DAUGHTERS SIDE, “no”  NOT ALLOWED IN THE AMBULANCE, ESCORTED TO MIDDLE OF STREET AND THE AMBULANCE DROVE AWAY. DROVE AWAY. WITH JULISSA STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET .  HER DAUGHTER IN AN AMBULANCE THAT NOONE WOULD TELL HER WHERE THEY WERE GOING.  HER HUSBAND AND SON TAKEN AWAY IN POLICE CARS.





I KNOW THAT SUSPENDING OR FIRING EVERY EMT/PARAMEDIC/AND JPD THAT WAS INVOLVED WONT BRING BROOKE BACK,,,,,,,  BUT BELIEVE ME ITCOULD  BE THE FIRST STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR ME TO FEEL BETTER.  It would sound very christian like and politically correct for me to say ” I just don’t want to think that another family May Have to go thru the same experience unless we correct THIS situation.  and I DONT want anyone to ever have to be so unjustly and cruelly treated.  BUT I also dont want them to even have a second chance.  I would love to think that brooke russell is the last patient that those paramedics let fall to the ground focusing their attention at reprimanding the family members. I would love for kevin and brant russell be the last falsly accused and wrongly arrested family members of a suicidal 16 yr old. for those jpd officers. 

NOW WHAT.??????

by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM
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by Lois Lane on Sep. 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Oh my Bob. I don't even know what to say. That is seriously  messed up. 

by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

 I would believe it. I hope they find a great attorney and sue.

by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:01 PM

 It's tragic and sad. My heart breaks everytime I read about a child driven to suicide. Not just children, anyone. It's a terrible, terrible thing.

What happened to her father and brother is beyond reprehension.

by René on Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Quoting furbabymum:

 I would believe it. I hope they find a great attorney and sue.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver

by Maya on Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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Oh my. I hope they sue...and win.
by Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM

This is terrible.  This poor family.

by on Sep. 20, 2013 at 9:57 PM
by Silver Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

 I would be interested in hearing the other side.  If this is truly what happened then there are obvious, eggregious errors made and there absolutely should be repercussions for everyone involved in this horror show. 

by Ruby Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM
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She was a beautiful girl- this is just awful. 

What is up with some of these robots who "protect and serve"?

by Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:09 PM
That's absolutely horrible :(
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