Salem man dies after police shoot him with a Taser
by Stephen Beaven, The Oregonian
A purported trespasser died Saturday night after he was shot with a Taser as Salem police officers tried to arrest him.
Gregory Rold, 37, died at Salem Hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m., police said today.
Officers were called to an apartment on Royvonne Avenue SE in Salem about 7:38 p.m. following a report of a man who was trespassing. They encountered Rold, who resisted arrest, prompting officers to shoot him with a Taser and beat him with their batons. After he was handcuffed, officers said Rold was unconscious.
Four officers were placed on administrative leave while Rold's death is being investigated.
It is interesting to note that Gregory Rold cannot contradict the 'resisting arrest' or 'trespassing' charges. He's dead. I don't know all aspects of the law ... but, I'm fairly comfortable that we don't have the death penalty in America for those that 'resist arrest or trespass. Four police officers couldn't control this guy with something less than deadly force? The only response that they could come up with was extra-judicial death penalty?