Police: Iowa City Woman Tased After Resisting Arrest, Punching Officer Several Times in Groin

The woman allegedly resisted arrest after being taken to the Johnson County Jail.

An Iowa City woman threatened and attacked officers after she was brought to the Johnson County Jail, according to a criminal complaint from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

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According to the complaint, on Nov. 3 at 4:20 p.m., Ayla Shay Mcfarland, 21, of Iowa City was transported at Code 3 (emergency mode) to the Johnson County Jail by Coralville Police Officers. The complaint said that Mcfarland was combatative, and resisted being put into handcuffs, telling the officers at the jail that she would fight them.

Officers then asked Mcfarland to get out of the vehicle, and she refused, according to the complaint. At this point the officers pulled her from the vehicle and "directed her to the ground," at which point the fighting escalated, with Mcfarland punching one officer in the groin area "approximately three times."

The officers then used a Taser on Mcfarland in the back and put her in a restraining chair. At this point, Mcfarland threatened the officers, saying that she would shoot them in the face and drink their blood, according to the complaint.

Mcfarland was charged with assault on a peace officer, a serious misdemeanor. As of Monday evening, she was still in the Johnson County Jail on $5,000 cash-only bond.

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Tabitha Rasmussen November 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Donnie, why do you think our jail system is so full? Inmates don't get the psychiatric care they need to be successful out of the system.
Ariana Rasmussen November 08, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I have a wonderful and supportive family, we were raised by the best mother anyone could ask for. Bob thank you for your kind words. As for many others maybe you should try not to be so judgemental since you have no idea what you're talking about. Unfortunately this is another fine example of what happens when the healthcare system yet again fails.
Matthew Morris McCormick November 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I know this young lady, and she needs help, not jail time. I know her family, and as her sisters have already commented, she was raised in a loving, supportive environment by a mother whose parenting skills would put other parents to shame. Bob Arbuckle, thank you for your concise and accurate comments. As for most of the rest of you, please try to take away this: There are many sides to every story. Please don't pass judgement on someone-anyone-based on just one perspective. This story does not cover Ayla's religious beliefs (deep), her struggle with her self-identity, her support network, and POSSIBLE psychiatric issues. Please comment using your brain and heart, not just your gut.
Matthew Morris McCormick November 08, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Maria Conzemius, based on the comment you made, please stick to writing, rather than Social Work. You may not have the compassion needed for Social Work. Just something to think about on your own journey through life.
Maria Houser Conzemius November 08, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Matthew Morris McCormick, you're too close to the situation and also too much in full-fledged denial to assess this situation objectively. Keep your defensive, ad hominem attacks to yourself.


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