Man tasered, dies; officers on leave

Man tasered, dies; officers on leave

There are 3 comments on the WJLA story from Oct 15, 2010, titled Man tasered, dies; officers on leave. In it, WJLA reports that:

A man has died after police officers used a taser to subdue him in the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in White Oak on Sunday.

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Mike Gordon2

Bethesda, MD

#1 Oct 15, 2010
The cops found a collapsed 65 year old man lying on the floor.
They tasered and pepper-sprayed him when he would not go with them. He died.

If the Fire Dept EMTs had been the ones to arrive
would they have treated him that way?

The police, at a minimum, need to do some serious retraining, rethinking, and attitude changing.

Washington, DC

#2 Oct 15, 2010
My goodness! Seriously the police have lost total control of their making reasonable decisions on when to use those tasers. My prayers go out to his family and friends! The poor man was 65 and what danger did he pose if any if he simply told them he would not go with the officers! He had every right to refuse! Were EMTs on site? While there may be some great cops protecting and serving the community, there are others who are using their positions to harm innocent victims for the mere thrill. Very scary!

Same thing happened to a lady 4 years ago Melissa Dent who was tasered so many times that she had 11 to 12 markes on her back up to her neck and a black eye!!! Contact her to find out how it feels to be tasered, how the cops treated her, and find out whatever happened to her court case (Federal court). Let Ms. Dent and many others who survived from being tased, speak for the many who have died senselessly from the same thing.

Damascus, MD

#3 Oct 16, 2010
Police have to make tough calls in a split second. I'm sorry that this man died, but I do not blame the officers. In that second, it is their life or the suspect's life.

Also, just because he was 65 doesn't mean he doesn't pose a threat.

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