Archive for the ‘taser’ Category

Taser kills man, police serving warrant for pot use

September 28, 2009

genthumbMANATEE COUNTY (Bay News 9) — A Bradenton man died early Monday morning after being Tasered by Bradenton police.

The incident occurred about 12:18 a.m. when officers initiated a traffic stop (he was riding a bicycle) in the 700 block of 27th Street East.

Police said, Derrick Humbert, 35, refused to stop and fled on foot, running through yards of homes.

One of the officers Tasered Humbert and the officers placed him in custody. Humbert was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for medical clearance prior to being taken to jail, but he died while being treated.

Police said they later learned Humbert had an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of marijuana.

The police department is investigating the incident and awaiting autopsy results. They said no more details will be released until the investigation is complete.

Police chief said: “Over six feet tall and over 200 pounds, so, it would have been safer in this particular case to use the Taser,” said Lewis. According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Humbert was actually only 5’5″ tall.

It’s amazing to me that we can fight the death penalty with such vigor, but shrug off these death penalty for victimless crime arrests by Leo.  Oba Chandler still sits on FL death row after raping and tying up three women and drowning them in Tampa Bay. Over 1000 people over the last 30 years have had their death sentences commuted by higher courts and all of them were convicted of some heinous murder, but Leos can kill someone for pot smoking?  State law allows the use of a taser if there is physical resistance or an attempt to escape.


Mental Illness is not a crime

August 14, 2009

This man didn’t do anything criminal, he was threatening suicide. I have quite a bit of experience with mental illness as a loved one in my family has suffered from bouts of episodes over the years.  We have many stories here of bad cops, but when the police do something well, we have to notice it. Someone was obviously filming this police encounter between several NP police officers and a seriously agitated gentleman. You can see the knife in the suspect’s hand. I don’t really like the Frankenstein fall that the taser generates, but it’s better than getting shot. After the NP police subdued the gentle?man, they didn’t kneel on him, or kick him, or try to hurt the suspect in any way. More and more of these encounters involve mental illness, leos need to be mindful.

In order for us to campaign for the protection of individual constitutional and civil rights, we have to follow some very simple rules.

  1. NEVER run from police.
  2. When the police tell you that you are under arrest, turn around so that they can put the handcuffs on. Going with them for anything less than a felony, is no big deal. Besides, they have to tell the judge and the prosecutor what you did wrong, if you didn’t do anything wrong, the court is not going to be very happy with the officer.
  3. If you subsequently go to court to answer to the charges that the Leo makes, you are pretty safe in the court room. I have never seen a video or recording of someone being tazed, or beaten or pepper sprayed or punched in a court room who didn’t deserve it. The judge, the lawyers and the court staff are not going to do that to you.  The baliffs might, but because it’s deserved.
  4. NEVER brandish a weapon. I’ll write more on this, but trying to get justice in this society by trying to fight the State with guns, knives or other weapons, is like a fly trying to get justice when the fly is hit with a fly swatter.
  5. Always be calm, calm, calm and polite, polite, polite with police. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your Constitutional rights. If you are calm and polite, it is very hard for any human being to want to hurt you.

This encounter could have turned into a dead guy or another Rodney King episode, but as these officers demonstrated, these types of encounters don’t have to end that way.

Now, look at a traffic stop and another police encounter. This is the wrong way to do it. (By the driver)

What mistakes did she make?

1.Don’t get out of the car and keep your car doors locked.  You are breaking a natural barrier between you and someone who can do legal violence to you. The officer didn’t ask the driver to get out of the car. Don’t get out of the car. And if a Leo ever orders you out of your car during a traffic stop, figure that you are under arrest (the ACLU says you are) and ask the Leo, “Am I under arrest?”.

2. Don’t try to argue your legal case before you even get a ticket. As a matter of fact, don’t say anything, nothing. The 5th amendment, remember? The time to argue is when you go to traffic court. and there you have a 50% chance of the police officer not showing up.

3. When the officer tells you that you are under arrest, you’re under arrest, he isn’t going to change his mind. I don’t agree with the use of the taser in this instance, but the officer is alone and the lady is being a troublesome traffic stop.

4. 875 comments on this story. That’s amazing. (Also, this Leo, so far, has received a 30 day suspension without pay) Most of the comments are anti-Leo, but here is the truth.

Tasers KILL people. Amnesty International reported 335 cases of taser deaths over the last five years. If this lady had suffered a heart attack or some other taser inflicted injury, the Leos might have lost their jobs or gotten sued, but she would still be dead.

Don’t put yourself in the position of being a subject of police misconduct. Remember the two magic words, calm and polite

Crippled woman arrested by 20 Leos, tased for sitting in wrong seat

August 7, 2009

UpDate:  This stupidity on the part of these Leos cost $50,000 plus legal fees. Of course, the settlement contains no admission of wrongdoing on the part of police, Gingras said. What difference does a monetary settlement make to errant Leos? They don’t pay for it, the taxpayers do. Should I say it again? Tasers kill people.

76 year old tased for driving tractor in parade

August 5, 2009

6a39ecf5-7342-4c31-ad8a-f34c8a923d9c.hmediumGLENROCK, 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.