Today in Tasering: WTF Edition
Via Booman, read the whole thing.
Back in the great state of Louisiana, Baron "Scooter" Pikes was spotted by the police while walking peacefully down the street. Given his outstanding warrant for possession, one Officer Nugent gave chase, and Pikes was cornered. Due to his failure to submit, Nugent tased him. Nine times. In 14 minutes. While Pikes surrendered and begged him to stop.
Pikes died shortly thereafter. He was a healthy man of 33 years. Nugent claimed that, in an apparent Bob Woodward-style near-death confession, he told them (in between the screams of pain and death rattles) that he was high on crack and PCP (never heard that one before!) and had asthma. The coroner found no evidence for any of these claims and ruled the death a homicide, but hey, what are you gonna believe, hearsay from a hardly-impartial participant or hard science from a 33-year veteran?
In an apparent goodwill gesture to shock Pikes back to life, Nugent admitted that he tased Pikes twice while he was unconscious and in custody.
I really wish I could link to the part of the Milgram experiment wherein the actor "dies" and the unwitting partipant shocks him again, and again, and again. Gee, I don't know why. A person administering an electrical shock that they are told is, well, maybe-sorta-safe, but they definitely won't be held responsible if things go awry... nah, never mind, there's no similarity there whatsoever. I don't know what I was thinking.
Safer than bungee jumping, y'all! Thank god the cops didn't have to use lethal force. Things could have gotten ugly.
Fucked Fact (tm Maru): Officer Nugent is the department's most "enthusiastic" taser user and once tased an innocent 15-year-old runaway. But hey, Nugent once got a 1-second shock from a taser, so he's absolved of any responsibility.