Here’s a story about a Dallas cop who watched an SUV as it stopped at a red light just long enough to check for traffic before continuing on. Moments later the car–which had its hazard lights blinking–pulled in at a hospital emergency room. The family had been notified that they needed to hurry to the hospital if they were to see the wife’s mother before she died.
The cop immediately drew his gun and held the driver outside the emergency room as the driver begged the cop to write the ticket (for going through the red light) and let him go inside to his family. The cop decided the driver needed an extended attitude adjustment. The driver was NFL Player Ryan Moats, who–while obviously distressed–was unfailingly polite throughout the stop. The cop detained him for fifteen minutes while the family member inside died.
Update on that tasered guy that fell off the bridge in Columbia, MO:
The Columbia police department has finished investigating itself and found that its officers acted properly. You can read the official police report* showing that this incident was a comedy of errors with officers making multiple attempts to tase this guy when he was not far off the ground; then farther off the ground, and still farther . . .
The fourth attempt was successful, but unfortunately, the man had nearly reached the maximum height of the overpass when one of the officers finally got his taser to work.
* The officer’s names are blacked out to preserve their privacy.
This video of the incident shows just how how far this fellow fell under the influence of a taser. It appears to be maybe 18 inches short of the full height of the overpass. Ouch!
“Yeah, Doc. The taser hurt so much, I hardly noticed the fall”
More unfortunate taser incidents have been in the news here in Missouri. There was a fellow in Columbia on a highway overpass threatening to kill himself.
Once Columbia police managed to get him to safety an officer used a taser on him. The cop missed and the guy panicked & ran back out onto the overpass.
Fifteen feet above the ground, a second officer tried and succeeded in tasing the guy right off the bridge. The fall put him in the hospital with two broken arms, a fractured skull and possibly a broken jaw.
Columbia police were questioned with regard to their taser use policy which reads: “Officers shall not use a taser on someone that is in a position where a fall would likely cause serious injury or death.” They wanted to stop him before he got to the middle of the bridge where the drop was even longer than the 15 feet he actually fell. Links to story: 1 , 2.
Here is the video:
I guess the question everybody is asking is whether he ought to have been tased while he was out on the overpass at all.
He had apparently fallen from a nearby overpass. His back and foot were broken and he appeared confused. Ozark police commented:
He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him,” Capt. Thomas Rousset said. “He is making incoherent statements; he’s also making statements such as, ‘Shoot cops, kill cops,’ things like that. So there was cause for concern to the officers.”
So they tasered this kid 19 times.
Tasering a kid for saying “kill cops” sounds like some “zero tolerance” policy by the Ozark police. It reminds me of the grade school principal who kicks a kid out of school for drawing a PICTURE of a gun. It’s pure overkill.
But that kid is just lucky he didn’t say something like “Bang! Bang!” They might have really come down on him then.
I expect taser use to be questioned more as time goes on. It’s just so clean and easy to use. Officers who used to have to scuffle with suspects can simply push a button. No more torn shirt pockets or grass stains on the uniform. And it sure goes a long way toward correcting disrespectful attitudes. That’s because it’s a heckova lot like torture.
There is a bill in the Missouri Senate which –at first glance–I wondered if it might address this problem. But it does not. Sen. Yvonne Wilson is sponsoring Senate Bill 813, which would make ownership, possession or discharge of a taser a felony.
This prohibition would not apply, however, to police and a handful of other persons in legal/security related professions.
For some reason, I don’t feel any better now.
And now this ironic note from our Straining at Gnats and Swallowing Camels Dept
In Missouri, you can carry a firearm openly. You can carry it concealed, if you get a permit. You can carry it at home or concealed in your car even without a permit.
Now with a knife, you can own and carry one, but not concealed. You can’t get a permit.
Finally–if this bill passes–you cannot even own a Taser, let alone use it, even to protect against an intruder in your own home..