March 25, 2008

Witness Says Taser-Cop Lied About Darryl Turner


Villagers, a witness from the Food Lion store gives a very different account than police. The attorney for the family claims that he has a witness who says 17-year old Darryl Turner did not threaten the officer before being killed by 50,000 volts from the officer's taser gun. A statement from the witness reads, "The officer told Darryl to ‘step back!’" The witness said Turner simply obeyed the officer's command to step back and was then hit with the Taser. He later died. [SOURCE]

The police are working overtime to find justification for this taser killing ... going so far as to say that the young man suffered from 'Excited Delirium Syndrome'. Personally, I never heard of this syndrome before this week, although I see others were hip to it earlier. Imagine my surprise to learn that there is a blog devoted to this syndrome!

What do you think about these recent taser deaths?

4 comments:

msladydeborah said...

This whole taser issue is questionable.

I know that other people die from being tasered. But it seems to me that a lot of black people are dying from this latest enforcement tool.

It would not surprise me at all if we learn at some point in time that the company who created this weapon knew the risk factors for each race group in the nation.

tigress said...

I don't think it matters if its a gun or taser. Police who abuse their authority will always do so.

The Urban Scientist said...

Ms Lady: I doubt that there are different race factors for each race group. For one, I doubt that the company or whoever tested the product specifically for impacts on different races. More likely than not they tested the impact of percent of voltage to weight/size of a subject. And I doubt they had many (if any) human tesete subjects -- alot of poor animal subjects like pigs and dogs were more likely the subjects.

Villager said...

Lady D - I agree that the taser issue is one that should be addressed, especially if these police officers are getting a taser added to their arsenal without proper training. Others will need to address the issue of the taser company testing...

Tigress - Yes, people abuse authority. Question for us is whether we accept it quietly or whether we get engaged in a coordinated and organized response. One thing that all citizens can do is learn about the use of force continuum to make accurate judgement on whether police abused authority in each individual case...

Urban Scientist - Good point...