Man dies after Lake City deputies Tas...

Man dies after Lake City deputies Taser him

There are 80 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 30, 2007, titled Man dies after Lake City deputies Taser him. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A man died Thursday after deputies stunned him with a Taser after he jumped from an ambulance, authorities said.

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Jennifer

Orlando, FL

#3 Nov 30, 2007
Sounds like quite the drug abuser to me. Sad that he is dead, but really, I think the cops did what they had to do here. Drugs certainly destroy lives.
Lawman breaking the Law

Orlando, FL

#4 Nov 30, 2007
The police was sent because the man in question was a drug user. Why would the office Tase him... that is agains police because the office has prior knowledge of the victims drug use.
Lawman breaking the Law

Orlando, FL

#5 Nov 30, 2007
policy
MrWrong

Greensboro, NC

#6 Nov 30, 2007
(1) Tazed idiot =(0) Dead Cops

Should we give them Lassos?
jagar

Orlando, FL

#7 Nov 30, 2007
"quoted -The police was sent because the man in question was a drug user. Why would the office Tase him-Lawman breaking the Law... " I think when you damage property that doesn't belong to you it's called criminal mischief/vandalism (the article relates the man broke a window in the ambulance). I don't think you'll find anywhere in Florida law where it says if your a drug abuser it exempts you from following laws and being arrested from breaking any.
Big D

Frisco, TX

#8 Nov 30, 2007
They tasered him because he was a danger to himself and other people.
Ken

Orlando, FL

#9 Nov 30, 2007
Another typical example of drug enduced rage that would have led to death regardless of the use of the taser by police. Had officers fought with this drug addict instead of using the taser, they would have been injured, the suspect still would have died due to exsessive heart stress caused by heavy drug use (likely cocaine) but the officers would be blamed for using too much force to control this idiot. Either way in the public eye, cops and tasers loose, drug addict is now the "vitcim". Best advice to consider - avoid illegal drugs, particularly those that will induce rage and cause you to fight everyone, including oncoming traffic, police and anyone else that you encounter causing your heart to explode.
PBr

Hyattsville, MD

#10 Nov 30, 2007
They tased him, bro.
Crackhead Moe

Orlando, FL

#11 Nov 30, 2007
The moral of this tragic story is easy to pick out.

Don't Do Drugs.
Orlando Homegrown

Orlando, FL

#12 Nov 30, 2007
Though as many of you already know I'm not a great advocate of our Judicial system or our Law Enforcement Agencies. But I really do try and be objective in each case that I hear about without deliberately being biased! In the case of this man's death, though being sad that the man perished, it seems to me that the officer was most justified in his actions. Many drug addicts are HIV positive due to their lifestyles and I don't think I would particularly want to have to wrestle him to the ground and get bitten or scratched or whatever! Many other factors come into play as far as safety for the innocent folks in the immediate vacinity as well. You can't very well shoot the dude unless he threatens to do bodily harm to someone, so the taser was the right weapon of choice in my opinion. Thumbs up officer! Not that my opinion means a whole lot but there it is!
English

Apopka, FL

#13 Nov 30, 2007
Lawman breaking the Law wrote:
The police was sent because the man in question was a drug user. Why would the office Tase him... that is agains police because the office has prior knowledge of the victims drug use.
This is your brain. The afore mentioned was written by your brain on drugs. Any questions?
Drugs Are Bad Mmmkay

Marietta, GA

#14 Nov 30, 2007
At least they won't have to deal with this idiot in the courts. Good riddance.
Nelson Howard

Albany, NY

#15 Nov 30, 2007
I would like to see legislation restricting the use of the Taser stun gun limited to life threatening situations only. In the wake of many recent deaths using the Taser, I now would like to see a suspension of their use until investigations into its safety can be instituted.

At present only four police departments have any restrictions on the number of times a subject may be tasered.

One suspect was tasered 17 times and died. From the latest incident, a lot fewer times can result in a fatality.

Its obvious that shooting 50,000 volts into someone is not a life enhancing situation, particularly, the weak, infirmed and a host of other medical problems.

As the police are not qualified to determine the condition of the suspect, there should be considerably more care taken
English

Apopka, FL

#16 Nov 30, 2007
This is certainly a tragedy. I am sure that this person had a family who will be saddened by their loss. I am also convinced that this family has an awareness that their loved one was addicted to illegal narcotics and they have feared, for some time, that he would meet with an untimely death. The police were doing their jobs and since they chose to rely on a less-lethal device to curb this offenders violent tendencies, their intent was obviously to incapacitate, not kill this person.

There are some bad cops out there, but use some common sense and save your outrage for the bad cops. These cops were simply doing their jobs.
COMMUNITY

Framingham, MA

#17 Nov 30, 2007
Oh, my God, isn't it time we put a halt to these tasorings in Florida?! Our safety is at issue! It does not matter if this man was "acting out" because it is the duty of the police to subdue and contain w/o killing UNLESS they are in danger. The man was in flight and was running away from the ambulance, and the police. He was running into traffic. He was not carrying a weapon. By description it sounds as if the man who was on drugs was a danger to himself because he had no idea what was going on. Instead of humane treatment & concern for his welfare he was shot down like a dog in the back by a cop who drives a car that is emblazoned with "to protect, and to serve.." Whatever happened to the notion that police are to protect, and to serve the community - even the sick, as this man, clearly was... Tasoring needs to stop! There has to be a better way than this tool. What we have is rampant police abuse of authority, and it needs to stop. We need less government, and greater control over the police who are a danger TO THE COMMUNITY it is supposed to serve.
ccc

Apopka, FL

#18 Nov 30, 2007
Tasers kill!! They can be as lethal as a gunshot to the heart. When will law inforcement realize it is not such a good idea to use them? We are constantly reading about taser related deaths in the paper. The most appalling one I read recently was of a naked man who was tasered and then died. It's time to ban this weapon.
Lontar

United States

#19 Nov 30, 2007
good
Tired of the BS

Scottsmoor, FL

#20 Nov 30, 2007
OUT OF CONTROL wrote:
Oh, my God, isn't it time we put a halt to these tasorings in Florida?! Our safety is at issue! It does not matter if this man was "acting out" because it is the duty of the police to subdue and contain w/o killing UNLESS they are in danger. The man was in flight and was running away from the ambulance, and the police. He was running into traffic. He was not carrying a weapon. By description it sounds as if the man who was on drugs was a danger to himself because he had no idea what was going on. Instead of humane treatment & concern for his welfare he was shot down like a dog in the back by a cop who drives a car that is emblazoned with "to protect, and to serve.." Whatever happened to the notion that police are to protect, and to serve the community - even the sick, as this man, clearly was... Tasoring needs to stop! There has to be a better way than this tool. What we have is rampant police abuse of authority, and it needs to stop. We need less government, and greater control over the police who are a danger TO THE COMMUNITY it is supposed to serve.
Your an idiot along with Nelson Howard. Cops are not there to get beat on. It is a hazard of their job, but nowhere in their job description does it say that they are to get beat on or killed.

The man in this incident, along with probably many more like this one was out of control, kicking out a window, running into traffic,etc. You tell me how they handle this? " Please sir/maam could you please calm down", pretty please". " If you do, I will take you out for ice cream".

You go on on one with someone who is out of control. It will take at least 4 or more cops to get it under control.
Rockwell

Collierville, TN

#21 Nov 30, 2007
what an idiot statement. perhaps you would prefer they shoot them instead.
Nelson Howard wrote:
I would like to see legislation restricting the use of the Taser stun gun limited to life threatening situations only. In the wake of many recent deaths using the Taser, I now would like to see a suspension of their use until investigations into its safety can be instituted.
At present only four police departments have any restrictions on the number of times a subject may be tasered.
One suspect was tasered 17 times and died. From the latest incident, a lot fewer times can result in a fatality.
Its obvious that shooting 50,000 volts into someone is not a life enhancing situation, particularly, the weak, infirmed and a host of other medical problems.
As the police are not qualified to determine the condition of the suspect, there should be considerably more care taken
Tired of the BS

Scottsmoor, FL

#22 Nov 30, 2007
Nelson Howard wrote:
I would like to see legislation restricting the use of the Taser stun gun limited to life threatening situations only. In the wake of many recent deaths using the Taser, I now would like to see a suspension of their use until investigations into its safety can be instituted.
At present only four police departments have any restrictions on the number of times a subject may be tasered.
One suspect was tasered 17 times and died. From the latest incident, a lot fewer times can result in a fatality.
Its obvious that shooting 50,000 volts into someone is not a life enhancing situation, particularly, the weak, infirmed and a host of other medical problems.
As the police are not qualified to determine the condition of the suspect, there should be considerably more care taken
How many people do you think cops, firefighters, etc come in contact with that they have no clue if that person has HIV, Hepatitis, or other diseases? So you want them to stand their as someone is out of control, and wait to get their medical history or run a gament of tests on before they take action?

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