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09/02/2010 11:01 PM ID: 85322 Permalink   

Police Taser 64-Year-Old Man in His Own Home


A Marin County deputy at fired his taser at a 64-year-old Peter McFarland at his home in June of 2009.

The incident happened after McFarland fell down some stairs and paramedics were called to the scene.

The video of the incident shows McFarland complying with the order to stand up off his couch, and then immediately being tasered by police without provocation.

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  While being tazed on the ground..  
The officers yell stop resisting..

They should be shocked themselves.
  by: vhan     09/02/2010 11:52 PM     
  I want  
To punch that LEO in the face.
  by: landocommando   09/03/2010 01:07 AM     
That cop should at the least be barred from police work for life, or sent to jail. I hope he takes them to the bank.

There are many of these taser cases, where people jump on the cops about its use, where I can at least see it being a justified quick decision (and of course many that simply arent justified as in this case).

He was a 64 year old man, who had not committed any crime, but instead had been treated by paramedics for an accident. He hardly seemed fit enough to pose much of a threat physically, he was unarmed, moved slowly with his hands in PLAIN view. He was uncooperative but not aggressive. They definitely should have talked him down, or, like the video said, taken him down physically as by all appearances it would have been a simple matter.

However, even ignoring all that, the fact is the old man was just in an accident, being stubborn but not dangerous, and anyone with any intelligence what-so-ever would deduce that a taser shot would be much more risky to his survival than it would normally (or to someone young and healthy lets say). THEN, while his body is in uncontrollable spasms from being electrocuted, they had the audacity to taser him two more times for uncontrollably spasming or as they put it "resisting". That in itself damns those cops IMHO.
  by: joshjje   09/03/2010 03:59 AM     
  How is the best way for you or I to show support?  
Can we flood the police department in question with "what the hell were you thinking" phone calls? Ideas? There must be something we can do.

Is there an organization against police brutality?
  by: brookster2323   09/03/2010 03:06 PM     
  just because  
A cop says "stop resisting" does not mean the suspect is resisting. This seems to be a nice cop-cover-up yell that they all learn in the academy. Stop resisting... huh? ZAP!
  by: RAD     09/03/2010 06:27 PM     
get honest with yourself .. what can you do about it?
  by: Key2000     09/04/2010 08:28 AM     
I guess we could all become as sheep and accept the abuse of power.
  by: John E Angel     09/05/2010 05:23 AM     
  @John E Angel  
Yes why not...

We should become rugs as well and let the authorities just walk all over us. ;)
  by: captainJane     09/05/2010 09:02 AM     
  Doing Anything  
Has a lot better chance than doing nothing. Complacency lets this happen.
  by: ichi     09/06/2010 11:45 PM     
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