On the above date and time, Officer Randy Isaacs and I, were dispatched to 270 Washington Street, Saint Patrick’s Shelter for a female, Lidiya Pasholikova, who was refusing to leave the premises.
Upon our arrival, I was met by a staff member, XXXXX. XXXXX stated that Pasholikova missed curfew, and by policy a person who misses curfew is automatically barred from the shelter for three days. Pasholikova was informed by XXXXX that she needed to leave the premises because she was barred from the shelter until Monday, September 25, 2017, and the bed assigned to Pasholikova was now assigned to someone else. Pasholikova told XXXXX that she was not leaving because it was not fair.
There were three females sharing the room. As a result of the verbal commotion created by Pasholikova, one of the females assigned to the same room was awoken from her sound sleep. A second female who was present was patiently waiting for Pasholikova’s assigned bed. XXXXX informed me that the female who was waiting, was now assigned Pasholikova’s former bed. Officer Isaacs initially interacted with Pasholikova. He had suggested to her that she could stay at the Somerville Police Station lobby until we were able to locate another shelter with an available bed. Officer Isaacs had also offered to give Pasholikova a ride to the station. Pasholikova quickly dismissed and refused Officer Isaacs’ offer. Officer Isaacs had reminded Pasholikova that she was being asked to vacate the premises at XXXXX request. Pasholikova again refused to leave.
I then attempted to have conversation with Pasholikova. I reminded Pasholikova that another female was waiting for the bed, and I also reminded her that the staff as well as Officer Isaacs had asked her to leave to avoid any further incident. Pasholikova stated, “I am not leaving because it is not fair.” She had been informed numerous times that because she was not back at the shelter for curfew, the bed was assigned to someone else. XXXXX as an aside had informed me that they had to turn away ten other females because they were at full capacity. Pasholikova had mentioned that she did not want to leave the shelter because of her health. I asked Pasholikova twice if she would like medical attention, however, she refused both times. I offered Pasholikova a ride to the station, I also informed her that I would personally make phone calls to other shelters in the area to locate an available bed, and that I would provide her with a meal at the station while I made the phone calls. She refused all the suggestions that I had offered. She stated, “I am not leaving here, take me if you are going to take me. It is not fair.”
At that moment Officer Isaacs and I both agreed that Pasholikova was not willing to compromise with us. Officer Isaacs attempted to collect Pasholikova’s bags, when Pasholikova slapped his forearm. I informed Pasholikova that this was the last opportunity she had to leave the property or I would place her under arrest. Pasholikova stated that she was not leaving. I advised Pasholikova that she was being placed under arrest. Pasholikova was wearing a back pack during this encounter. As I unholstered my handcuffs, Pasholikova placed her hands behind her back and under her back pack. Pasholikova also laid on her back on top of the bed to halt our attempts to placing handcuffs on her. Once she was handcuffed, she was escorted outside.
The prisoner transport vehicle, Unit 200 was dispatched to our location at my request via radio transmission. As we were assisting Pasholikova into the wagon, Pasholikova began digging her fingernails into my right arm. She was immediately asked to release her grip from my arm, however, rather than complying, she buried her fingernails even deeper into my arm. With an open palm, I struck her back pack, which she was still wearing in order to stop her fingernails from digging further into my arm. Pasholikova was booked and processed in the usual manner at the Somerville Police Station.
Officer Eduardo Soares