The Flying Elbow

Officer Steven Westfall’s problem of using too much force came to light in a July 10, 2014 incident. He was caught on a police dash cam  battering a subdued suspect. You can see that he is using his elbow in a move that many professional wrestlers call their ‘finishing move’.

Steven is also saying to the arrestee to ‘stop resisting’. This is part of a cop’s training when assaulting a civilian, a suspect, or someone already in custody.

Westfall’s nine-year career with the Pocatello Police Department ended following an altercation with a suspect. The incident happened at the IRS office in the Omni Building, as seen in the video.

James Rutherford refused to submit to a search by an IRS security guard ans was told to leave the office.

When he refused, the guard notified Pocatello police, who responded and escorted Rutherford out of the building.

Under arrest and handcuffed, Rutherford was bent over the front of a police cruiser. Video from the dashboard camera shows Westfall slam his elbow twice onto Rutherford’s head.

headbutted another officer

Officer Steven Westfall told Idaho State Police investigators that he thought Rutherford had headbutted another officer, but that “he was not angry or upset … he just felt the need to control the suspect.”

Officer Steven Westfall

Officer Steven Westfall in happier times

Another officer told ISP he thought Westfall was upset. That same officer said of Westfall, he “didn’t want to hurt him (Rutherford), but he did make a mistake.”

On Dec 2, 2015, a jury trial was scheduled for him in front of Magistrate Steven A. Thomas. Minidoka County Prosecutor Lance Stevenson was appointed as special prosecutor.

The five-man, two-woman jury deliberated for about four hours before returning the not guilty verdict.

“It felt good — it felt good to see that our community still does support law enforcement,” Westfall said. “We have a lot of really good police right here in Pocatello.”

Steven, that could be you have some good cops in Pocatello, but you are not one of them.

The Finishing Move

The Flying Elbow drop became Steven Westfall’s finishing move for his career. He was placed on paid administrative leave with pay. This is a perk bad cops get while awaiting judgement. So where is the incentive not to do evil?

The Supreme Court recommends that you DON’T talk to police officers, but you must say out loud “I’M GOING TO REMAIN SILENT.”

All in all, Steven resigned from the Pocatello Idaho police department after the jury cleared him of any wrongdoing.

We are not surprised that he was cleared in court?

Obviously the Prosecutor did not give it his all. As usual when prosecuting cops.


Read more from our sources:

Former Pocatello officer faces new charge

Pocatello Detective Westfall resigns, Rutherford says he’s glad

Jury clears Westfall of wrongdoing

Police Brutality Man Elbowed in the Head – YouTube Video