March 19, 2010

Taser Coverup: Jaesun Ingles (Midlothian, IL)

The police in Midlothian, IL are trying to avoid the repercussions from their taser-killing of 31-year old Jaesun Ingles. The official Midlothian police report detailing a traffic stop that culminated in Ingles' death last week does not mention police used a Taser stun gun on him during the encounter. [SOURCE]

Now that the police have been called out on their deception they are trying to backtrack.

"We have nothing to hide," Midlothian spokesman Lt. Harold Kaufman said. "The police officers didn't do anything wrong as far as I'm concerned."
Ingles died early March 10 after fighting and fleeing police when they pulled him over during a traffic stop. The police report said it took three officers to get Ingles under control when one of the officers noticed he was having trouble breathing and called for an ambulance.

Although a news release issued by Midlothian police March 10 mentioned the use of a Taser to subdue Ingles, the official report does not.

How stupid do the police feel we are? Is there any legitimate reason for the police report to omit the use of tasers in the death of Jaesun Ingles?


Gunfighter said...

When asked, did the police department state that no Taser was used?, or did they admit it up front?

If they owned up right away, it could just be a mistake. Additionally, you should try to find out when the police officer's report was written, and whether or not the report submitted was written by the officer that actually used the Taser.

SjP said...

Knowing that town relatively well, I am not surprised that this police department is trying to cover up/exclude facts that might show their real colors.

Villager said...

Gunfighter - The police department issued a press release that indicated that a taser was used and the officer involved was on admin leave. However, they then issued a police report that ignored the use of a taser. When asked about it ... the police backtracked. I think that they thought nobody would catch them in their little lie.

SjP - Thanx for the insights on the town. I must admit that I hadn't heard of it before this taser-death.