Friday, July 25, 2008

More Brave Tasing

I just saw this at Excited-Delirium, a site you should read. A 16-year-old boy suffering from a broken back due to a fall from a 30-foot overpass was tased multiple times for incoherently muttering about assaulting the police (emphasis added):

By the time officers arrived, the teen was off the 30-foot overpass, lying on the shoulder below along U.S. 65, with no good explanation as to how he got there.

“According to the doctors, all injuries are consistent with a fall,” said his aunt, Samantha.

Mace's dad believes it was just that, a fall, not a jump. The question is why.

“They tested his system. He was clean of drugs and alcohol. We don't know why unless just being in shock and the whole thing in itself caused him to forget everything,” said Hutchinson.

His aunt says he is undergoing major surgery for a broken back and broken heel. While he was lying on the ground, she wonders why Ozark police used an electric stun gun on him up to 19 times. [19 times! 19 times!]

“I'm not an officer, but i don't see the reason for ‘Tasering’ somebody laying there with a broken back. I don't consider that a threat,” ...

“He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him. 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,” said Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset.

Police say although there are several unanswered questions; the reason for the use of a stun gun is not one of them.

“It's a big concern for the officers to keep this guy out of traffic, to keep him from getting hurt,” said Rousset.

Those last bits are rich. The cops don't really care about investigating why the taser was used. Remember that the next time you read someone spouting that police don't require external oversight.

The last paragraph is especially insane. They cops had to tase, about 19 times, a 16-year-old boy with a broken back to keep him out of traffic!!!! God that's some brave police work.