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Posted on Jun 10, 2009

After pulling over a speeding driver, a Texas deputy decided he wasn’t getting the proper level of cooperation and used his Taser gun. Perhaps he didn’t realize he was dealing with a 72-year-old woman half his size.

(h/t: Wired / Danger Room)

The scene was captured by the deputy’s dash camera:

Local news has the aftermath:


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By boggs, June 18, 2009 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

Rae, I certainly remember that incident. There have been many here in the states as well.
This should become a cause by one of our petition groups. It is a matter that needs attention.

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By RAE, June 18, 2009 at 4:45 am Link to this comment

Wonder how many here know of the FOUR Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers who, last year, “tasered” one, unarmed, confused, non-English speaking passenger who was lost and alone at the Vancouver airport. The man dropped like a stone (all caught on video) on the first jolt, but these four pathetic excuses for human beings gave him FOUR MORE JOLTS while he lay on the floor. HE DIED with the four of them standing around.

There’s been a big “enquiry” of course, spending millions of dollars investigating… with all four officers LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH about the incident.

Any police officer who cannot take a person down, especially an unarmed one, WITHOUT RESORTING TO A LETHAL WEAPON should NOT be on the force.

They should all be trained in the martial arts to a degree where they can “Kung Fu” almost anyone into submission (those brandishing handguns, rifles, bows and arrows, speers, knives, perhaps an exception).

By the way… WHY DO POLICE NOT USE NETS? You know - like you see on TV when conservation officers are capturing a wild animal.

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By boggs, June 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

This tasering bullcrap needs to stop! I have never thought we should allow it for any color, sex, or crime. It is a form of torture and it is an indication of cowardice by whatever law enforcer using it. If they are that frightened to do their job perhaps they have entered the wrong calling. What in the world was he thinking, that this little grandma was going to blow his head off?
He is a blue ribbon coward.
I hope the ACLU is on this.

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By PatrickHenry, June 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment

By ThatDeborahGirl, June 17 at 7:42 am #

When it was black…... it was not OK.

White folks have had bad stuff happen to them for years without anything becomming of it. Like Rodney King this woman had the fortune of having it filmed.

It takes alot of the “serve and protect” BS out of their motto.

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By ThatDeborahGirl, June 17, 2009 at 12:42 am Link to this comment
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When it was black men it was ok.
When it was black teens it was ok.
When it was black children it was ok.
Now it’s a 72 year old white woman.

Accepting less than liberty for ANYONE is accepting abuse of liberty for all.

I know there are those who will hate me for making this a race issue, but I was there the day the cops tasered a man to death in my hometown for the sheer expedience of not wanting to wait for him to calm down.

Not to mention the countless black teens and children as young as 5 who have been tasered in this country. I can’t think that things are much better for other minorities.

To hear that woman’s screams will keep me up nights for a while. It brought tears to my eyes. That bastard of a cop should be jailed.

But I can’t help to think of how many more have suffered this same fate only to have the color of their skin bring only the words, “Well I guess they had it coming,” regardless of their age.

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By kasper, June 12, 2009 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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What a pathetic exuse for a law enforcement “professional”.  Overweight, overbearing and lacking in courage.  Certainly Texas can do better than this?  Serve and protect?

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By RAE, June 12, 2009 at 5:15 am Link to this comment

As a Canadian I’ve lived most of my life unable to understand the Americans’ love of GUNS. Oh sure, I’ve heard about the “amendment” where citizens have the “right to bear arms.” But I’ve simultaneously wondered why everyone just assumed that “right” included USING the weapon, not just for defense, but to enforce YOUR WILL on someone else.

The only place this kind of escalation can go is to out-and-out rebellion/war - more violence and death - my gun is bigger than your gun - Shootout at the OK Corral! Is that what Americans are gearing up for… another civil war, this time the “them” will be the citizens and the “us” will be the US police and armed forces? Good luck!

That asked, if the American “authorities” have veered toward fascism to the degree discussed in this forum, I find myself now in support of citizens arming themselves - TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THOSE THEY HIRE AND PAY TO PROTECT THEM.

It’s NUTS, I know, to think that you’ll get away with pulling out your .38 in response to the cop pulling out his taser, but the fantasy does resonate with me. In the theatre of my mind I pull out my gun, invite the officer calmly and firmly to holster his taser, get back in his cruiser and drive off into the sunset (after I cut his microphone cord). I don’t know exactly what I’d do then but I’m sure I’d soon wish I was on another planet. But I’d die full of the satisfaction knowing I didn’t just “roll over” when commanded by a robotic asshole.

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By Sam, June 12, 2009 at 1:44 am Link to this comment
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I agree with slumlord above(June 11 at 12:18 am #). The cops are nothing but tax sucking psychos. How do I know this?? because I have known cops from my softball teams and other local organisations, and all (ALL!!) of them have an US vs THEM (the public at large) mentality.

Also the police union rules almost make them do these things.. why you ask? because for every court appearence the FAT COPS get overtime!! (as if they were’nt paid enough) soit is in their economic interest to issue as many tickets as possible so they can spend the whole day at court on their Asses and collect money.

The cop I knew from the softball team loved to get into fights with the person he was arresting, because 1.) he loved to kick some ass where he knew he was not gonna be kicked back.. and more importantly 2.) he would pretend to hurt his shoulder or back etc. and get up to 13 weeks paid disability (vacation)

Once I got my car broken into and the cops did not even bother to come to my house.. they sent me a police report instead and told me to send it to my insurance..

COPS are NOT interested in doing any grunt work to solve crimes.. They are out to kick ass and get paid (A Lot..). In boston where I used to live, the COPS would routinely pull down $100K with overtime

Us taxpayers are the suckers and the politicians hold these psychos as heroes for the community. They are nothing but legal criminals..

I am amazed that cities and tons accross the country hurting for tax revenues do not kick half of these tax sucking pigs from the payroll to balance the budget. Instead, they gut things like education and services for the poor.

Personally, I do not need cops for any protection cause they never performed that service for me in the first place.. and second I can do a better job by working with my neighborhood citizens.

It is time to scale back this monsterous waste of the taxes, and the terror inflicted on the public.

answer this question.. are you more likely of being killed by terrorist or being mugged in your neighborhood or are you more likely to be abused by some cop?

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By Daniel, June 11, 2009 at 10:40 pm Link to this comment
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Back in February of this year while in the carnival in the Dominican Rep. I saw drunken and loud teenegers and grown men getting arrested on the streets and nor ones saw police abuse or too match force been used. In one particular occasion the police was call to arrest a man that hit a carnival masked devil (It is illegal to hit the masked devils). Two police officers showed up and I was astonish to see who the man was arguing with the two cops and when the two cops got closed to make the arrests the man pushed one of them away. After a few minutes of arguing and pushing, the man gave up and the tow cops took him by the arms not hand-cops. I couldn’t believe what I was seen. This is the country were thefts get shoot in the legs or executed by the police. So I asked my local friend why the police didn’t use force to arrest the man and he told me that unlike in the USA the police there know how to distinguish between a criminal and an ordinary citizen who is having a bad day. He told me one other thing, the people there are well armed and it is a cultural tradition and an obligation to revenge abuses perpetuated to a member of your family.

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By ridinginfaith, June 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment

The man that just shoot and killed the museum guard was 88 years, you don’t cooperate you go down!

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By Tom Schnadelbach, June 11, 2009 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment

When I was growing up, and dinosaurs ruled the earth, no one who knew that he had done that to a 72 year old woman would ever shake his hand again. How could someone continue to live in Texas of all places with everybody knowing that he had tasered a great grandma? He wasn’t man enough to handle an old lady?
I’m not trying to be politically correct. We’re talking about Texas here, and that’s how lots of them think, especially the ones who unthinkingly usually support the cops.

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By PatrickHenry, June 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

351 people have died from Tasers.  Their use by law enforcement as viewed by this video is indiscrimminate and abusive.

Fat boy need to go on a diet if he has to taser grandma.

We have to take their toys away from them as if they were bad children.

Remind them of this video next time they call you for contributions.  I sure as hell will.

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By Rosemary Molloy, June 11, 2009 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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What in the hell difference does it make that this woman is 72 or that she used “profanity?”  NOBODY should be subjected to this kind of treatment unless, and only unless, they are somehow posing an actual bodily threat to another person.  I link this horrible trend toward violence nd cruelty directly to the facist turn the country has taken.  “You’d better do what I say immediately or I’ll cause you pain.”  Of course, this applies to other countries, too: “You’d better follow our dictates or we’ll send the drone bombers over.”

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By Russian Paul, June 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

This is even worse. From Democracy Now:

In Utah, a thirty-two-year-old man has been killed in a tasering by police. Brian Layton Cardall was confronted after running away from his vehicle near a highway road. He had recently struggled with mental health issues, and his wife had called police. When Cardall was found, a police officer used his taser weapon, causing Cardall to lose consciousness. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

Apparently he wasn’t threatening anyone. He was just having an “episode” and was running erratically down the street. The “hurricane police” were the first to arrive on the scene and I guess they’re not trained to take down an average sized man with their own hands. He was a PhD candidate in ecological genetics, had already been published in a half-dozen national journals and hoped one day to teach.

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By Me, June 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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There will be citizen uprisings and massive retaliation against these @sshole cowards if tasers aren’t removed from police weaponry. I personally can’t wait to see it.

Fat, stupid, and obedient to the twisted b@stards that make this sort of unconstitutional policy in the name of kickbacks - that’s today’s modern police force. Enjoy!

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By pecosbill, June 11, 2009 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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I recently retired from law enforcement at the federal level.  While federal law enforcement has degenerated into an unmitigated disaster under DHS, especially Customs and Border Protection, they have done at least one thing correct.  Tasers are not issued.  Management should go the next step and take away pistols from Customs Officers who are essentially only rubber stampers and tax collectors anyway.  Border Patrol Agents need to be armed.

Since the advent of tasers, we see more and more incidents across the country.  What this does is reduce the need for cops to develop verbal and other less violent skills to gain compliance. At the slightest provocation or irritation out comes the taser. 

This is an officer safety issue as well. While the out of control “cop” was reaching for his taser with his gun hand, the old lady could have pulled a pistol and shot him to hell first, especially after he shoved her.  (and why the shove? Shoving is not a control measure taught in police academies.)

She could have claimed, like a lot of worthless cops do, “I feared for my life”.  This would have had credibility given the difference in age and size and the angry demeanor of the J.P. court constable. 

The supervisor’s excuse was that she was doing 60 in a 45 construction zone which justified the stop.  OK, but I bet every third car was going a lot faster than she was. The supervisor said that she was out of control. True enough but he better take a look at the demeanor of his “officer”.

In this case I suspect the “cop” was looking for an easy target.  I would like to know how many illegal Mexicans, tough looking white guys, or blacks males this guy stopped. 

The old lady is not blameless.  She should have signed the ticket and gone on her way.  She might have beat the rap anyway.  If she didn’t, how much would it have cost her? Now she must answer other charges as well. 

This constable should be fired.  His anger issue is a danger to himself and the public.

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By Jim Yell, June 11, 2009 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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The problem is the tasers themselves and the fact that the users have been told they are harmless. I responded to an article that was bragging about a new technology that our tax money was paying for that would make it possible to make people feel like they were on fire as a means of crowd control andit was also hyped as non-lethal. I said when Iread that I can guarantee that if it is ever used it will be misused, as even pepper spay has been miss used.

Saying that however we as citizen must be careful in work zones. Frequently people get distracted and don’t realize that speeding in a work zone may confront them with a situation in which they could hurt, kill or maim a person working. It will be something they will have to live with the rest of their lives.

From the little we saw she did not act in a rational manner, but tasering wasn’t needed. He should have called for backup.

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By slumlord, June 10, 2009 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment
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i live in a 500,000 and up neighborhood and there’s not much crime that i know of. half of the hood is gated community. now, ive been stopped by police 7 times this year. thats once a month. every time the cops have been assholes. every time i have been searched. and a few times ive been told not to walk IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. im telling you theyre practically seething with hatred for me. these people are nuts. they must be being taught that we are cattle or there for their amusement. well i tell you what. im tired of it. screw them. and screw any jerkoff who comes on this forum and pulls ‘she should have listened to the officer’ out of their ass.

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By the Leak, June 10, 2009 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment
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What indeed have we become that we let police of this caliber have weapons of any sort? What have we become that I’m reading on other blogs a vast majority of people defending the cop?

There is no way this man should be a police officer. Not in a so-called “free society”.

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By choupachoup, June 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment
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this makes my blood boil. 
speeding, give her a ticket.
but harass, then tasser an old woman ? 
why is it that they don’t tasser the maniacs that go into public places and MURDER, yet the speeding old woman gets slammed down on the freeway, and arrested.
i hope she sues the county, and that the bubba with a power problem is looking for another job that doesn’t require any decision making.

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By Russian Paul, June 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

Policemen are all cowards nowadays, that’s why they always reach for their weapons first, instead of using their own hands. Shoot/taser first, ask questions later. Fu***** pigs.

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By knute, June 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm Link to this comment
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What appears to be needed is a big change in the training, and type of individual that is hired in the police force. This indiscriminate use of tasers is cropping up everywhere. Its most disturbing when used against a student or an elderly man or woman. What possible justification could these idiots have….saying they followed the rules is the same as the nazis who followed the rules in herding up jews 70 yr.s ago. Its no excuse..we need to be sure that the blindly obediant rule-following at all costs ass-holes are weeded out in the vetting process before they are given the tools to endanger everyone else. These are all parts of an ever-creeping police state that gained momentum during this last miserable 8 years of ignoting the rights of individuals and doing away with habeas-corpus.

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