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  • YouTube Video Shows Man Tasered After Refusing to Sign Ticket

    Originally posted by Fox News

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,312466,00.html

    YouTube Video Shows Man Tasered After Refusing to Sign Ticket
    Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    By Sara Bonisteel

    A still from a YouTube video showing a Utah Highway Patrol officer using a Taser on a motorist.
    An internal police investigation is under way after a formal complaint was filed against a Utah state trooper who was videotaped Tasering a man who refused to sign a speeding ticket.

    The officer's conduct has been called into question after a videotape of the incident was posted on YouTube.

    The video, taken from a Utah Highway Patrol dashboard camera, shows Trooper John Gardner using a Taser on Jared Massey during a traffic stop on State Road 40 in Uintah County on Sept. 14.

    "We do have an open internal review, or investigation, of the case," Sgt. Jeff Nigbur, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety, told FOXNews.com. "We're trying to expedite that to get that done as quickly as possible. If the trooper acted inappropriately we will definitely, absolutely, take the appropriate measures to resolve that."

    In the nearly 10-minute video, Gardner is seen pulling Massey over for speeding. When Massey refuses to sign the citation, Gardner asks him to exit the vehicle, and things quickly escalate as the motorist points toward the speed limit sign.

    "Turn around. Put your hands behind your back," the officer says. Then he pulls out his Taser.

    "Turn around, put your hands behind your back now."

    "What the hell is wrong with you?" Massey asks.

    "Turn around," the officer says again. "Turn around."

    "What the heck is wrong with you?" the motorist asks again, then turns and starts walking back to his car.

    The officer then Tasers the driver in the back as the man's pregnant wife screams from their vehicle. She later jumps out and is ordered to get back in the car.

    Massey repeatedly tells the officer, "I don't know why you're doing this," and later says, "read me my rights," before he is put into the patrol car.

    When another officer arrives, Gardner tells him "he took a ride with the Taser."

    After Massey's wife leaves the scene, Gardner explains the situation to the other cop.

    "He was completely in charge," Gardner said. "He said 'No I'm not signing the ticket.' I told him well 'OK, that's fine, hop out. Turn around, put your hands behind your back.' Wouldn't do it.

    "'Turn around put your hands behind your back," the officer continued. "And uh, he was jumping around, making me nervous as hell, he was back here over to here. I'm like 'Nah, we're not playing this game.' Pull out the Taser. Turn around right now, or I Taser you."

    "Good for you," the other officer responds.

    Massey obtained the video from the Utah Highway Patrol and posted it on YouTube, MyFOXUtah.com reports. He filed a formal complaint and is considering a lawsuit.

    "There was some emotion and ego involved on both sides, not just the Highway Patrol side," Nigbur said. "Obviously, the best place to fight these types of things — and this is once again for both sides — is in court."

    The Utah Highway Patrol has a nine-page policy on Taser use, including in instances where "a subject is threatening himself, an officer or another person with physical force, and when other means of controlling the subject are unreasonable or could cause injury to the officer, the subject or others," Nigbur said.

    Medical teams are always dispatched to the scene after a Taser has been used, he said.

    If Gardner's actions are found to be inappropriate, he could face verbal reprimand, days off with pay or without pay, or termination, Nigbur said.

    But currently, he's still on active highway patrol.

    "He's not on paid administrative leave," Nigbur said. "He still does work the roads out there."
    Where's the problem?

    Refusing to sign means a ride to jail in every jurisdiction that I know of and the turd was refusing to comply with commands every step of the way.

    And as far as the good Sgt's comments, what does he expect to be done when saying "please" doesn't work? Say "pretty please"????
    Last edited by equinox137; 11-26-2007, 03:05 PM.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
    Where's the problem?
    How was the motorist a threat to the officer? He was walking away and was shot in the back.

    Not to imply I agree with the actions of either side in this one.

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    • #3
      Well done officer

      What a couple of fruit loops

      The officer handled the entire situation calmly and professionally. With the exception of allowing the driver to exit the vehicle with his right hand in his pocket, was in complete control. A good arrest in anyone's book.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by jdh View Post
        How was the motorist a threat to the officer? He was walking away and was shot in the back.

        Not to imply I agree with the actions of either side in this one.
        My guess is that since he was apparently being placed under arrest at that time and would not follow the officers commands, then the officer had the choice of FORCING the subject to follow commands by either hands on or taser. Causing an officer to use force is the threat as the officer may have been injured in a hands on situation.

        I love the "you can't arrest me until you read me my rights" line. Man, people watch way too many tv shows.
        Last edited by USMCOrPs; 11-21-2007, 03:25 PM.

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        • #5
          Screw this whinny guy......

          One would suspect that some Crap-House Lawyer told him he didn't sign a speeding ticket as it woulid be admiting his guilt (and its not)....so he refused....not knowing he would go to jail......

          He failed to comply with the Troopers commands.....and went for a ride.....

          End of story.....

          I can't believe Utah Highway Patrol is even bothering to conduct a formal investigation.......

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          • #6
            why would anyone want to become a police officer? You can't even do your job they way it needs to be done without being fired, or flamed.
            I don't like repeat offenders, I like dead offenders.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jdh View Post
              How was the motorist a threat to the officer? He was walking away and was shot in the back.
              I must have missed it. Where did you see/read that the motorist was a threat to the officer? I've got a news flash for you, an officer does not have to feel threatened to make a lawful arrest. A much bigger, and more dangerous threat would have been to allow this motorist to get back into his vehicle, and possibly lead officers on a high speed chase. Trained LEOS know this
              "Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought" ~Henri Louis Bergson
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jdh View Post
                How was the motorist a threat to the officer? He was walking away and was shot in the back.

                Not to imply I agree with the actions of either side in this one.
                So when someone stopped for an offense and cited, and is given a choice to sign a signature promise to appear in lieu of being arrested, you think they should have the choice to not promise to appear, not accept their citation, and simply drive away?

                What is your legal or common sense theory behind this idea?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
                  Where's the problem?

                  Refusing to sign means a ride to jail in every jurisdiction that I know of
                  I grew up in New Jersey. Never had to sign anything.

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                  • #10
                    Miranda = Custody and interogation. The guy was in custody, sure, but not being questioned. When will the uneducated public understand this?

                    I am sure the guy did not like the taser, and I am sure his wife was just horrified. But if the knucklehead would have just signed the ticket, this never would have hit the news.
                    Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.
                    --Winston Churchill--

                    "Si vis pacem, para bellum"

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                    • #11
                      I guess times have changed. We had a ton of people who refused to sign their citation, but I can't remember ever tasing one. Normally we could convince them that if they didn't sign the citation we had no choice but to arrest them. The majority of the time they would sign without any physical force. I didn't see where this guy even tried to convince the motorist to sign. In my opinion he tasered him pretty quick.
                      Retired

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                      • #12
                        Retired,

                        You beat me to it. I have to say I never herd him say what the consequences would be if he refused to sign the ticket. Or tell him he was under arrest. I wonder if that would have changed the situation. I don't know about Utah, here in Virginia, as far as I know, a taser can only be used in the same situation as a fire arm would be used. But the taser is not lethal. Looked like this guy was shot in the back walking away. But what do I know. I'm not a cop.

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                        • #13
                          I never really realized how many cop-haters there were until youtube came about.

                          What's with some of those comments? Are they all 12 years old or something?

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                          • #14
                            The officer tells him to step out of the vehicle, he does..he follows the officer back pointing rearward asking the officer a question. The officer reaches for the taser, draws down on the guy and tells him to turn around. The guy is obviously startled when he turns toward the officer mid-question and gets a look at the business end of that taser.

                            Why did the cop go for the taser before the guy resisted arrest? He refused to sign the ticket, he did not resist arrest until well after the cop went for the taser. He didn't reach for the cuffs, the first thing he reached for is his taser, and that was prior to resisting.

                            He's a goner, and he should be.

                            The kid was a mouthy jerk, but he doesn't have to sign anything. He can spend some time locked up waiting for a magistrate if he wants.
                            he went down like a bag of rocks! funny.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GWBJR
                              Two words: Lowered Standards.
                              As in......?

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