GLENROCK, Wyo. (AP)—Investigators say police in a small Wyoming town used a Taser on a 76-year-old man driving an antique tractor in a parade after he allegedly hit a car and disobeyed orders.
That is when the officer shocked Grose with the Taser. Grose eventually managed to pull the tractor around the police SUV and to a parking area down the road. An angry crowd formed as police kept ordering Grose off the tractor. Police did not arrest Bud Grose because of the tension at the scene, Sweet said.
“At the time, it was very close to having a riot right there, and that probably would have created a full-scale riot,” Sweet said.
Two officers were placed on paid leave and state agents are investigating, but the police chief Tom Sweet said it doesn’t appear any policies were violated.
Tim Hill of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation says the tractor may have hit a car and the tractor driver allegedly disobeyed officers Saturday.
Leo managers should just go down to Kinkos and order a stamp that says, “No policies violated.”
I’m not exactly sure HOW many times I have to repeat this, but Tasers KILL people.
Bump, dedebumb, dedebumb. UPDATE: Police chief has seemed to have lost his “no policy violated stamp”, as the town has hired an independent investigator at $50 an hour to examine the incident. The two officers involved are on paid administrative leave. Glenrock, Wy population 2,500, it seems that most of the adult residents complained to the mayor. Police Chief Tom Sweet acknowledged the situation has “highly inflamed the community.”
NEW UPDATE: Two police officers who chased and Tasered a 76-year-old man driving a tractor in a Wyoming town parade have been fired. John Robinson, an attorney representing Brown and Kavenius, said the officers will appeal the firing.