Mother sues police over stun-gun fall...

Mother sues police over stun-gun fall | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 153 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Dec 1, 2010, titled Mother sues police over stun-gun fall | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

For a split second, Matthew T. Hook appears to pause in midair, his muscles paralyzed by electricity, before plunging more than 8 feet to the ground, headfirst.

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another voice

Hilliard, OH

#1 Dec 1, 2010
How can we the citizens sue the car stealing thief and his money to recover monetary damages associated with catching the thief as well as punitive damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress for each and every law abiding taxpayer that was endangered by Matt's actions?

A wise person has often been quoted as saying "If you cant do the time, don't do the crime" and the same holds for little Matthew Hook. Am I sorry that HIS OWN ACTIONS LEAD TO HIS CURRENT STATE? Absolutely not.

Please put me on the jury and I will guarantee vengeance for society and award damages against Hook and his family!

Stop rewarding criminals and their families.
Angry Trees

Columbus, OH

#2 Dec 1, 2010
Don't be a criminal and you won't get tased. That's simple. His own actions got him in his situation.
Terp

United States

#3 Dec 1, 2010
I thought that when you signed up to be a criminal the bold print on the form said that you were assuming great personal risk as a result of your actions.
Fed Up

Columbus, OH

#4 Dec 1, 2010
Serves Hook right. He's a criminal.
Thug Fighter

Westerville, OH

#5 Dec 1, 2010
The rest of the story is this guy was breaking into homes and was a suspect in 12 burglaries.
He was driving a stolen car and drove dangerously close to officers when he tried to ram the gate.
I would suspect the officers thought he may have had a gun.
They could have shot him.
risk man

Columbus, OH

#6 Dec 1, 2010
shouldn't run from the cops....especially when you've stolen an SUV. case closed....why is it always someone else's fault?
reality

Cleveland, OH

#7 Dec 1, 2010
Let's cut the police budget. Remove all video taping and communication devices. Then COPS can simple walk away from situations like this.
Kill White Babies

Mount Vernon, OH

#8 Dec 1, 2010
Where did the multitude of comments go from lastnight? I'd say they were 98% in favor of giving this family 2 cents and a swift kick in the a*s. Your kid is a complete idiot and these are the consequences of having a stupid kid. First lesson for all you dirtbags out there, don't run from the police or you might end up brain dead or just plain dead. I prefer dead so some social agency, my tax dollars, don't have to support your worthless oxygen stealing life.
Tom

San Mateo, CA

#9 Dec 1, 2010
It seems time and time again that Crime in fact DOES pay

Since: Jun 09

Grove City, OH

#10 Dec 1, 2010
It seems that Matthew must have had a terrible mother, so much so that he had to turn to a life of crime.
Max

Columbus, OH

#11 Dec 1, 2010
I agree that Mr. Hook deserves everything he got. But, it seems cops are being lazy and just using stun guns because they can't get there fat a** moving to catch someone.

If they were close enough to pull out their stun gun and shoot - why couldn't they reach up and pull him down? Then kick him a few times for resisting arrest....
clean sanchez

Columbus, OH

#12 Dec 1, 2010
It's not my sons fault, he a sweet boy, he's not a bad guy. It's everybodys fault he's been in trouble. Mean old police!.........you need a license to drive a car, hunt, own a dog, but they let anyone have children
Jackson

United States

#13 Dec 1, 2010
This kid did not "deserve" to be brain damaged. It's too bad that happened. He did, however, deserve to be Tasered, and the risk that he might fall and become brain damaged rests with him. Case dismissed.
Lucky Loo

Grove City, OH

#14 Dec 1, 2010
Max wrote:
I agree that Mr. Hook deserves everything he got. But, it seems cops are being lazy and just using stun guns because they can't get there fat **** moving to catch someone.
If they were close enough to pull out their stun gun and shoot - why couldn't they reach up and pull him down? Then kick him a few times for resisting arrest....
Because even after you've "pulled him down" you still have to wrestle with him to get him under control. They did the right thing. They ended the pursuit. Anything can happen when in pursuit. Innocent people and officers can be hurt, the suspect can get away, and on and on. Pulling out the stun gun to end such a dangerous situation is the right way to go.

The guy got exactly what he deserved and will serve as an example to all of those that follow. Run from the cops and you can get shot or tased.
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Lewis Center, OH

#15 Dec 1, 2010
I can see this idiot's family cashing a check on the technicality of the officer not heeding the taser warning label. If he hadn't tased the criminal and the criminal got away and went on to rob someone else or worse yet, in his panic of being chased killed someone, the officer would've been sued for not stopping this idiot. I wouldn't be a cop in this day and age for any amount of money since anything you do can get you sued.
Reader

Dublin, OH

#16 Dec 1, 2010
Gerhardstein said. "This tragedy could easily have been avoided and the arrest made without any threat to public safety."

What an idiot the attorney is. The guy was climbing over a fence to get away. The tragedy could easily have been avoided if the thief hadn't stolen or had stopped when the police told him to. I say throw the case out and fine the attorney for taking a stupid position on a stupid case.
Do Tell

Westerville, OH

#17 Dec 1, 2010
Max wrote:
I agree that Mr. Hook deserves everything he got. But, it seems cops are being lazy and just using stun guns because they can't get there fat **** moving to catch someone.
If they were close enough to pull out their stun gun and shoot - why couldn't they reach up and pull him down? Then kick him a few times for resisting arrest....
Agreed...they should have chased him down to burn off some fat...and then beat him with the good ol night sticks
consequences

Columbus, OH

#18 Dec 1, 2010
What a shame, he won't be able to steal any more cars or rob any more stores.

It's called a CONSEQUENCES of his actions and choices. he chose to partake in criminal activities and then run from a police officer.

Since: Apr 10

Columbus, OH

#19 Dec 1, 2010
It is a shame he will never make it to be a Captain.
Balls Deep

Grove City, OH

#20 Dec 1, 2010
Police are overanxious to taze suspects. If your son was brain damaged due to bungled police work...would you not attempt to get statisfaction?? What if the boy was just pranking around in the parking lot and had no connection to the stolen suv? What then?? What facts did the officer know at the time of the arrest?

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