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Man Swallows Evidence In Utah


A Utah private investigator is suing the Utah Highway Patrol, claiming four troopers used excessive force on him after he swallowed prescription medication. Read the full story here.

September 04, 2012
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Tags: Utah Highway Patrol, Excessive Force, Evidence Handling, Utah


Comments (11)

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Randy @ 9/4/2012 4:34 PM

those are some strong punches too, that dude needs to chill out. lucky he didn't get shot...

Jim @ 9/5/2012 2:38 AM

Lucky he didn't get shot? Where'd you get your use of force training?

And those officers are going to eat it. Big time lapse in judgement and likely they weren't up to snuff on case law.

coolhandluke @ 9/5/2012 4:23 AM

Everybody needs a good beating once in awhile

George @ 9/5/2012 5:27 AM

I'm a retired highly educated 30 year veteran of law enforcement with a degree from the old school. I would like to have the officer who threw the eight punches in my office for ten minutes. I can promise you I'll be the last piece of ass he will ever want.

Lou @ 9/5/2012 8:55 AM

George, you post has too many homosexual overtones....
Please keep your lifestyle out of this discussion.
If the perp was trying to swallow a cyanide pill and the cops allowed
him to and he exPired, would they also be at fault for allowing him?
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes....

Rev. Lowrey @ 9/5/2012 3:23 PM

For Utah, that was just a friendly discussion.

Shane @ 9/6/2012 10:20 PM

Clearly he did not want the contents he put in his mouth to be removed by the officers. If it was a prescription pill then he should have more in the car, in the bottle, not in his shoe. Why didn't he just spit it out and take another one later. Prescription or not, it does not justify him resisting the officers in the manner he did. If you watch closely you'll see the officer striking him in the rib area because he is keeping his arm locked so they can not restrain him. When they get control of the arm the strikes stop. Actually try watching the video and stop arm chair quarterbacking the officers.

Random @ 9/11/2012 4:38 AM

Open hand technique:

1. Place the tissue in-between your

Metacarpals on your index finger & thumb (at a 45 degree angle) behind the Temporomandibular Joint.

2. Press upward and away from the windpipe

3. Suspect cannot swallow, but can spit out substance using tong

4. Note: they may panic, under the impression that you are trying to choke them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandibular_joint

Random @ 9/11/2012 4:41 AM

"on your" should be "in-between your"

Try it on yourself. It works.

Dilt @ 9/13/2012 7:57 AM

Yea right.. Struck him in the ribs hard enough to blacken his eye. All over the guy swallowing a pill. The officer laying down the beating is either seriously short on self control, or there is some history between him and the PI that has not been disclosed. Either way, the officer is unfit for duty.

tdbeez @ 1/22/2013 3:16 AM

suspect was actively resisting arrest by pushing the officer away while trying to hide evidence(whether it was illegal or not, it would be evidence in a criminal trial or this civil trial). video skips and doesnt show how his eye was blackened, but the "hard hand strikes" to the ribs to gain control (handcuff) is perfectly legal. how do u people think we get people in cuffs if they dont want to be handcuffed? i obviously have to "win" the encounter to make the suspect comply which means i have to use "more force" than the suspect. simple common sense. how many times have any of u won a fight by letting the other guy do what he wants? jeez.

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