'I'll paint you as crazy': Shocking moment US cop tackles ex-girlfriend before 'putting her in mental health facility'

25 September 2023, 11:54 | Updated: 25 September 2023, 12:25

A married Pennsylvania State Police trooper is facing false imprisonment charges
A married Pennsylvania State Police trooper is facing false imprisonment charges. Picture: Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office

By Emma Soteriou

A Pennsylvania cop is facing false imprisonment charges for allegedly improperly committing his ex-girlfriend to a mental health facility.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Ronald Keith Davis, 37, was arrested on September 21 after being accused of abusing his authority to have his ex-girlfriend imprisoned.

He petitioned for an involuntary mental health commitment for her after alleging she was suicidal, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Leading up to the forced medical treatment, Davis allegedly told her: “I know you’re not crazy, I’ll paint you as crazy.”

He first turned to fellow troopers for help on August 21, claiming that the woman was living in a camper on his property.

He said that they had not been getting along and "their relationship had deteriorated".

He claimed he would not allow the woman to get her belongings from the property due to her acting erratically.

Davis provided several text messages, saying things such as "I think I'm going to drive off a cliff" and "My mental health doesn't matter I'm a useless old stupid uneducated piece of s***".

Read more: Police don’t want to live outside the law, says Met’s former 'top marksman' amid rebellion over fatal shooting

Read more: Tributes paid after hero police officer who served for 21 years is hit and killed by car while walking to work

Warning - footage on link contains potentially upsetting footage. Viewer discretion is advised.

State trooper in Pennsylvania seen pinning woman to the ground

In footage released by the DA's office, Davis is seen sitting on top of his ex as she claimed he tackled her to the ground.

“You’re insane,” she said. “You’re absolutely insane … and then you paint me to look insane.”

She could be heard saying several times: “I can’t breathe.”

When the two got up, Davis restrained her as she insisted she did not do anything wrong.

The woman appeared to “genuinely lack understanding on why she is being restrained”, the affidavit stated.

She was involuntarily committed for five days and did not display any suicidal thoughts during that time, according to medical personnel.

She was released on August 26 and interviewed by police.

After reading messages between the pair, police alleged that Davis "failed to provide the full context of those messages" when he attempted to have the woman committed.

"In fact, the text messages were the culmination of a larger, domestic dispute between he and the victim," the affidavit said.

"Taken in context, the texts revealed her frustration with Trooper Davis and his controlling behavior (and her desire to break off the relationship), not a true desire to harm herself."

Pennsylvania State Police charged Davis with felony strangulation, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and official oppression on September 21. He was remanded without bail.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Iran

Official says rescuers see helicopter that was carrying Iran’s president

Taiwan President

Lai Ching-te inaugurated as Taiwan’s president which will likely bolster US ties

Rescue teams’ vehicles are seen near the site of the incident of the helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Varzaghan in north-western Iran

Helicopter carrying Iran’s president apparently crashes in mountainous region

The "real-life" Martha from Netflix's Baby Reindeer bombarded Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer with a vile 276 email spree over eight months, reports claim.

Real-life Martha from Baby Reindeer bombarded Keir Starmer with vile email spree, reports claim

Rachel Reeves has said Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt are gaslighting Brits over the economy - as Labour analysis claims high inflation has cost workers almost the equivalent of a 1p hike in tax.

Reeves accuses Sunak of gaslighting Britain on economy as research claims Inflation 'costs UK same as 1% tax hike'

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to offer the first government apology for the infected blood scandal as the public inquiry into the disaster publishes its final report.

Sunak set to apologise for infected blood scandal which killed 3,000 as inquiry publishes report

Iran's president is missing after a helicopter he was travelling in crashed - with sources in Tehran warning his life is in danger.

Pictured: Iranian president's helicopter taking off just moments before crash in adverse weather

File photo dated 16/10/13 of HMP Barlinnie in Glasgow. The Scottish Government has been accused of moving at a 'snail's pace' in refreshing the prison suicide prevention strategy. The documen

'Up to 23,000 criminals each year to avoid jail' if Government loosens sentences as prisons fill up

Pep Guardiola has hailed his history-making Manchester City side but admitted his future at the club is in doubt after his sixth top-flight win.

'It's insane': Pep Guardiola hails Manchester City record-breakers as side wins fourth Premier League in a row

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi is feared dead after his helicopter crashed in the repressive nation's north-west.

Who is Ebrahim Raisi?: Iran's President nicknamed 'The Butcher of Tehran' feared dead after helicopter crash

The helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi takes off at the Iranian border with Azerbaijan after President Raisi and his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev inaugurated dam of Qiz Qalasi, or C

What we know so far about incident involving helicopter carrying Iran president

Sean "Diddy" Combs has broken his silence and apologized after a distressing video was shared of him physically assaulting his former girlfriend Cassie in 2016.

'I'm disgusted': Sean 'Diddy' Combs breaks silence on shocking footage of him physically assaulting ex

Producer-director-writer John Krasinski attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures’ IF at the SVA Theatre in New York

John Krasinski’s IF hits box office nerve with £27.5m North American debut

Kinshasa

Democratic Republic of Congo’s army says it foiled coup attempt

Flowers are placed outside the FD Roosevelt University Hospital, where Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is being treated, in Banska Bystrica, central Slovakia

Slovakia PM Robert Fico remains in serious condition but prognosis ‘positive’

The number of small boats arriving in the UK is 2,600 higher than this time last year

Number of migrants arriving in UK in small boats nears 10,000 - 2,600 higher than this time last year