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Another Taser Death…

Posted by blazzin on July 23, 2008

There is so much that I can say about this situation but theres no need for my rants and raves … this story and many many others speak for themselves. The cops are the new gangs and they can kill and get away with it…

WINNFIELD, Louisiana (CNN) — A police officer shocked a handcuffed Baron “Scooter” Pikes nine times with a Taser after arresting him on a cocaine charge.

Baron Pikes, 21, was Tasered nine times by a police officer in January in Winnfield, Louisiana.

Baron Pikes, 21, was Tasered nine times by a police officer in January in Winnfield, Louisiana.

He stopped twitching after seven, according to a coroner’s report. Soon afterward, Pikes was dead.

Now the officer, since fired, could end up facing criminal charges in Pikes’ January death after medical examiners ruled it a homicide.

Dr. Randolph Williams, the Winn Parish coroner, told CNN the 21-year-old sawmill worker was jolted so many times by the 50,000-volt Taser that he might have been dead before the last two shocks were delivered.

Williams ruled Pikes’ death a homicide in June after extensive study.

Winn Parish District Attorney Christopher Nevils said he will decide on any charges against the ex-officer, Scott Nugent, once a Louisiana State Police report on the case is complete. Video Watch coroner describe how cop might’ve Tasered a dead man »

“It’s taken several months for this case to even be properly addressed, so one has to wonder, why did it take so long?” said Carol Powell Lexing, a lawyer for the Pikes family. “Obviously, a wrongful death occurred.”

Nugent’s lawyer, Phillip Terrell, said his client followed proper procedure to subdue a man who outweighed him by 100 pounds. But Williams said Pikes was already handcuffed and on the ground when first hit with the Taser, after the 247-pound suspect was slow to follow police orders to get up.

Source CNN –

Officer suspended over Taser death

Stun gun used after teen confronted store managers

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

In this Food Lion surveillance video footage released by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Officer Jerry Dawson aims a Taser at Darryl Wayne Turner.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been suspended for violating policy when he shocked a teen with a Taser gun for about 37 seconds, contributing to the teen’s death.

Police announced Wednesday that Officer Jerry Dawson Jr. held the Taser trigger until 17-year-old Darryl Turner fell to the floor during a confrontation at a north Charlotte grocery store. The officer later shocked Turner a second time for five seconds.

Turner, who worked at the grocery store, died from cardiac arrest. The autopsy showed the teenager’s heart was pumping so fast and chaotically from the stress of the confrontation and the Taser shot that it stopped pumping blood properly.

“We have deep regret and sympathy for that family. Officer Dawson also is in a great deal of pain,” said Deputy Chief Ken Miller, who oversees training. “Nobody feels good about the outcome.”

Prosecutors announced last week they would not charge Dawson, and found his use of force appropriate under N.C. law.

But police suspended Dawson, a 15-year veteran, for five days without pay. They released a surveillance video from the store Wednesday and more details about the March 20 confrontation.

Dawson, 39, will receive additional training on the proper use of a Taser.

His suspension follows an internal affairs investigation and a private hearing Tuesday before a review board of his supervisors, internal affairs investigators and a civilian.

“After a thorough review of the evidence, the board determined that the initial decision to discharge the Taser was within our procedures, but the prolonged use of the Taser was not,” police said.

A Taser is a weapon that typically uses compressed nitrogen to shoot two tethered needle-like probes that penetrate skin and deliver an electric shock. It’s designed to temporarily subdue a person.

CMPD teaches officers to pull and immediately release the Taser trigger to deliver a five-second shock. Officers may repeatedly pull the trigger in extreme circumstances when necessary to control a suspect. Holding down the trigger violates department policy.

Police said they’re reviewing their Taser policies.


A day after the NYPD announced it may issue stun devices to its entire force, a 26-year-old Brooklyn man died in the Hamptons when he swallowed some cocaine to hide it from cops – and was Tasered to cough it up.

Suffolk County Police were awaiting autopsy results but said they believed the large amount of coke ingested by the man – and not the stun gun – caused his death.

Tony Bradway was busted by Southampton Town Police at 10 a.m. Monday. Officers went to a house on an unrelated case and said they spotted a plastic bag with white powder.

When Bradway started to gulp down the powder, a cop Tasered him twice.

Bradway later went into cardiac arrest and died.

The death came on the heels of a study that showed NYPD cops could have avoided 5 percent of shootings if equipped with Tasers.

Source Ny Post


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