May 13, 2010

Taser Autopsy: Joe Spruill (Goldsboro, NC)

It amazes me that people shot by taser guns never seem to have the taser gun listed as their 'cause of death'. Joe Spruill was talking with a neighbor early on the morning of January 27. Wayne County Sheriff Deputies Martin McAlduff and Zachary Kinlaw rolled into the neighborhood and asked Spruill to go home (two doors down).

Something happened during the walk.

Police say that Spruill became combative and started throwing things from his pockets at them, so they told him they were putting him under arrest for disorderly conduct.

Something happened during the arrest.

McAlduff and Kinlaw pumped this family man with 50,000 volts of electricity from their taser gun. Joe Spruill died.

One would think that the taser had something to do with his death. But, that is not what the medical examiner is saying. The medical examiner claims that Spruill died of a cocaine overdose. A torn plastic bag was found in his esophagus, and tests showed a lethal amount of cocaine in his system. [SOURCE]

The two officers are back on the job. Joe Spruill is dead. The 'powers-that-be' are comfortable that life is good. Me? I think that a man shouldn't be killed in his front yard for resisting arrest. Spruill should have been given medical attention ... not a lethal dose of taser juice.

What say u?

5 comments:

Gunfighter said...

I say that this "family man" shouldn't have ingested a lethal dose of cocaine that he clearly didn't want the cops to find.

Further, I say that fighting with armed officers is a rather stupid activity.

I say that the combination of high dosages of mood altering drugs isn't particularly smart, and that by mixing drugs with fighting with cops, we shouldn't be surprised by the use of a Taser.

I say that Sprill should have used better judgement. Too bad his stupidity and his criminal life lead to his death. He didn't do his family any favors.

tldap said...

THIS IS A REPLY TO THE STUPID AS COMMENT GUNFIGHTER AKA POLICE WROTE.JOE SPRUIIL WAS MY FAMILY.I THINK YOU LEAVING THIS COMMENT WAS BOTH IGNORANT AND INCONSIDERATE OF HIS KIDS AND HIS WIFE AND ALL THE OTHER FAMILY THAT LOVED HIM DEARLY.THIS MAY BE JUST A STORY TO YOU BUT THIS IS STILL FREASH IN OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS. I THINK IF YOU WERE NOT THERE WHEN IT HAPPENED AND KNOW ALL OF WHAT HAPPENED YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR LITTLE AND UNIMPORTANT COMMENTS TO YOURSELF.FOR THE 2 SECOUNDS IT TOOK YOU TO PUT YOUR 2 CENTS ON THIS PAGE YOU SHOULD BEEN DOING SOMETHING MORE CONSTRUCTIVE WITH YOURSELF AND YOUR LIFE.

Villager said...

Gunfighter - He would not have died that night if the police did not electrocute him with at least 50,000 volts of electricity.

Is being a drug-user a bad idea? Yes.

Is resisting arress a bad idea? Yes.

However, neither of those bad ideas should result in your life being ended by taser-happy police officers.

tldap - My prayers go out to you and your family. Has there been any new information or developments on the case?

eddie spruill said...

Ms.gunfighter "Fuck You".I'm his family(1st cuz)and I don't like you.You say"you don't even know me not to like me"but comments like this piss me off cause you don't know what the fuck happened so shut yo dumb ass up.People made fucked up ass comments on the great "whitney Houston"and don't know that woman at all.People don't care nomore about each other as a people.My advice to commenters like you is "kill yo self"or"talk that shit in a cave where nobody can get to you".Nigga,my cousin was murderd! You basterd!Next time keep yo fonkie ass mouth shut!And nigga.......Yo dumb ass is black ain't you.No matter his flaws or sins people shoudn't die cause the police say so!That's God's job!Remember this!R.I.P cuzzo!Shit ain't got no better down here anyway!Don't believe me, read "Gunfighter's dumbass comments".Gunfighter......youza bitch!Gunfight That!

Villager said...

Eddie - Our prayers go out to you and your family as you continue to cope with the loss of your cousin. The real deal is that we have to do a much better job of making sure that our peeps don't do things that put them in the crossfire of the police in the first place ... don't you agree?