Archive for the ‘Tasers’ Category

Detroit Area Police Taser a Stuffed Animal

May 15, 2009


Responding to a 911 call that a cougar was on a Detroit-area park, police shot a taser into a drain pipe.  But it turned out to be a stuffed animal.


Cop Who Ordered Naked Man Tasered Commits Suicide

October 2, 2008
Lt. Michael Pigott
Lt. Michael Pigott

UPDATE: Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly confirms suicide was Pigott.

He said that Lieutenant Pigott went to Floyd Bennett Field alone, early in the morning, and entered a locker room, where he gained access to a weapon that was not his: a 9-millimeter Glock. Then, he shot himself in the head, spokesman Paul J. Browne said. His body was discovered in the locker room by a service member who was coming on duty at about 6 a.m.


Lt. Michael Pigott, the NYC police lieutenant who gave the order to fire a Taser stun gun at a man who then fell to his death in Brooklyn, committed suicide at Floyd Bennett Field early on Thursday.  Pigott, a 21-year veteran of the force, had been placed on modified assignment without his gun and badge after he gave the order to a sergeant to fire the Taser at a Bedford-Stuyvesant man, Iman (Inman?) Morales.

Police will only officially confirm that “a” lieutenant took his own life. But he’s been identified by other police sources as Lieutenant Michael Pigott.

High School Students in IN and NC Get Tasered

October 2, 2008

Fort Wayne, IN:  Sherriff Deputies tried to serve a warrant on a student for parole violation.  

We’re told the student cooperated at first, but became combative with police officers outside the building.  He eventually was able to escape their custody.  As the student ran from police, an officer used a taser gun to try and subdue the student. 

This in an interesting tidbit.  When an officer is serving a warrant, are you in fact, ‘in custody?’

Meanwhile, in Cary, NC:  Sean Elrod, 16, is charged with assaulting a government official.  No definition of what the assault entailed.  The officer then stunned the student, and both went to the hospital for minor injuries.

Squeegee Wielding Orlando Man Dies After Tasing

October 1, 2008

When Orange County deputies received a report of a man ‘charging cars with a hammer’, it turned out to be some dude with a squeegee.

Cmdr. Spike Hopkins said deputies found a wrench in the man’s vehicle and determined the suspect could cause someone harm.  “The bizarre behavior was indicative of someone who was overdosing,” Hopkins said.

Reports show the deputies tried to calm the man, but it didn’t work. He was Tasered twice and then arrested.

Commander “Spike?” 

When you only have the police report, you never have the entire story.  Let’s wait and see if the man was really overdosing.  Hide your wrenches.


Kissimmee resident Jose Anibal Amaro, the suspect in the story, died at Florida Hospital this morning.  Further reports claim he was ‘foaming at the mouth’ had ‘ingested cocaine,’ and took three taser shots, some of which did not affect him.

“Is this a troubling thing to have happen in the middle of the ongoing investigation?” WFTV reporter Kathi Belich asked Jim Solomons, Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

“I think troubling is inappropriate. You don’t go out at night intending to take a life. It’s unfortunate when it happens,” he said.

NY Cops Admit ‘Mistake’ In Taser Death

September 30, 2008

After Inman Morales, a disturbed nude man, was tasered and fell off a 10 foot ledge to his death, NY Police have admitted that mistakes were made.  Says Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly:

“But we are human beings. Sometimes we make mistakes. Reporters even make mistakes, people on Wall Street make mistakes. So sometimes mistakes are made,” Kelly said.

Kelly takes a swipe at Wall Street, but does that make it better?  NY will probably lose a lawsuit on this one, and the taxpayers get the bill, as usual. 

Surprisingly, the lieutenant who ordered the fatal zapping of Inman Morales was stripped of his gun, shield and placed on desk duty last Thursday.  The police officer who actually fired the Taser was also put on desk duty but kept his gun and badge.

It’s intersting to note that police don’t even use the word ‘taser’.  In typical faux-military fashion, they prefer the term Conducted Energy Device, or CED.  Well, we know  what you mean.

Thanks to YOU, all the amateur camera users.  I doubt that anyone would be admitting ‘mistakes’ had the event not been clearly captured on camera.  It would have been another death swept under the rug or blamed on the victim himself.  Only the citizens can keep the cops clean.

Photograph Orlando Police? Get Baton And Taser

September 29, 2008
Orlando cops beat Mattiuzzo
Orlando cops beat Mattiuzzo

The scene: Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, FL

When police asked Juan Cartegena‘s out-of-town friend if he was stupid for parking in the wrong zone, Cartegena begain to dispute the treatment.   Police pepper spray and mace Cartegena while on the ground.

Filmmakers began to photograph the happenings, which, of course, police can’t allow.  Police told them to leave the public sidewalk or be arrested.  New York filmmaker John Mattiuzzo refused.  One police officer flexes his arm, and tells Mattiuzzo to ‘put THAT on YouTube.’  Mattiuzzo restorts something like, “My mom will like that.”  Cartegena overheard police say, “We’ve got a live one, time to have some fun.”  Mattiuzzo was chased by police, beaten with a baton, and tasered.  For photographing. 

Cartegena was not charged and released.  Mattiuzzo was charged with resisting arrest or some other bogus charge.

See amateur video of Mattiuzzo’s beating here.  See an interview with Cartegena here.  Read another account, with links to more photos.

Teen Mom and 1-Month-Old Baby get the Taser

September 26, 2008

16-year old mom Misha Peterson spent the weekend with her 1-month-old baby at her boyfriend’s Vancouver home.  When she didn’t return to her foster home on Sunday night, a missing person report was put out.

Case workers showed up on Monday, and then the police showed up.  Peterson wouldn’t give up her baby, and got a couple of taser stings in the neck, even while she was holding her child.

The state removed the baby, and put it in a different foster home.

Police Taser Naked Men, Only One Dies

September 25, 2008

One naked man was walking his dog.  He gets a taser.  He lives, and will go for mental health evaluation.

Another man, obvisouly distraught, gets a taser, and falls 10 feet to crack his head open. 

They didn’t try to brace his fall. They did nothing. I’ve seen a lot of things in my time. But what they did was wrong,” said neighbor Kirk Giddens.

Watch the video of him getting killed, if you’d like.

Taser News – Deputies Taser Mentally Ill Inmate 2x In Court

September 2, 2008

When inmate David Jones, handcuffed and shackled, asked Broward Country deputies for a moment to catch his breath before he was lead from the courtroom, he got a couple of shocks from the taser instead.

Read more.