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Pa. Cops TASER Cuffed Man In Jail

Family members of a man arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest have questioned an officer's use of a TASER while he was being held at the Millvale (Pa.) Police station. Read the full story here.

January 08, 2013

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Nichole @ 1/9/2013 4:36 AM

They tased him to keep him from hurting himself. Yes, you can argue that they should've just moved him somewhere else. And maybe they should have. But they didn't do it maliciously, it would appear, the taser was used very briefly. I don't know. It doesn't seem right, but maybe it was the best course of action at the time to keep him from injuring himself or someone else.

AJ @ 1/9/2013 6:04 AM

Well, the first time they show the video and let it roll past the taser application the subject verbally signals his intent to comply so, rather then use physical force to prevent the arrestee from harming himself, which poses a risk to both the arrestee and the officers, they his him what sounds like a 1-2 second drive stun. Nobody got injured, even the arrestee.

Mike @ 1/9/2013 7:03 AM

Applying a taser is a lower level of force then a takedown or other levels of control. The question needs to be, did the officers prevent him from injuring himself? Was there action within departmental policy and the law. There is no injury from a taser drive stun.

Had the officers not done anything and he got hurt, there could be a lawsuit as to why they did not prevent him from hurting himself.

There are many cases where a person is handcuffs has resisted and injured officers.

The police are in an awkward situation. They are charged with hi safety and at the same time they do not get paid to get hurt.

Let's see the entire video and not just the part that the lawyer wants us to see.

David Faulkenberg @ 1/10/2013 7:28 AM

He was possible hurting himself by his hitting his head on teh wall and desk. He was moved back once on the video and he then moves himself forward to apparantly strike his head again. The use of a drive stun and short contact by the taser if preferable to a possible had injury.

[email protected] @ 1/10/2013 6:11 PM

And another bottom feeding lawyer to the rescue!! Obviously the young man did not akethe Officers warnings seriously and continued to strike his head against the desk. The brief Taser contact sobered him up enough to realize they were right. If nothing had been done to stop him his family would be suing!!

Scott @ 1/13/2013 11:42 AM

Based on the short video, it appeared to be a reasonable force application. Was there other ways, sure. Would a video of 3 officers dog piling on him, using strikes or control holds look more unreasonable? You could argue either way. Hopefully this incident will help the agency come up with a better way to hold people in custody (Holding cell, ankle restraint to bench, etc).

dullom @ 2/6/2013 7:05 PM

I read the comments, taser action (short) was ONE OPTION. This kid wasn't fighting the Officer and given the size of the heavy cop doing absolutely nothing in the background...doubt there was real sincerity for "prevention of self-injury". OPTION TWO, have the patience, verbal skills, and character to pull the kid away from objects. "Verbal skills" is also an esculation of force and obviously not used prior to the taser. Half-ass police work guys...think about placing him in a chair next time and restrain appropriately. Seems to me, this department has a historical record with prisoners....and, yes I was in law enforcement for 25 years so I can comment. Would like to have seen more of the video? Would love to have seen the police manner that led to the kid becoming self-injurious. Let's face it, not all cops and some should drive bus for a living.

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