Jan 20, 2003
Joni Gullas sat in her van waiting for friends in a parking lot by the bar which they were leaving. It was 2:30 in the morning, and when some men approached her, she thought they might be carjackers. Instead they were plainclothes cops in an unmarked car. After an argument over identification, one of the cops pulled her from the van and attempted to handcuff her. He pulled out a knife, supposedly to cut off a sleeve of her coat, and sliced off the top of her ring finger at the knuckle!
Miss Gullas filed a 100 million dollar lawsuit against the officer and the City of Detroit, alleging violation of her civil rights. The following day, according to the newspaper, the police officer was suspended.
This was not Officer Johnson's first brush with notoriety. In 1998, Johnson was the policeman who shot and killed a 79-year-old disabled woman. Apparently a jury didn't believe his claim he acted in self-defense because they awarded the woman's family $350,000 in a settlement in 2001.
A police deputy chief wanted to distance the Detroit police department from a cop who used a knife while on duty. He said, "We don't issue knives. We don't conduct any training that would involve a knife in the arrest of a subject."
No, but they left this killer on the street to harm again.