September 23, 2014

Taser Death: Daniel Satre (Ballston Spa, NY)

Daniel Satre
It happened again! This time an unarmed man was electrocuted by 50,000 volts from each of the taser guns used on him by some or all of the six unidentified Ballston Spa (NY) police officers called to his home on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

The police officers were coming to arrest 43-old Daniel Satre for 'disorderly conduct'. I'm not a lawyer ... but, I'm fairly certain that the death penalty is not the legal penalty for 'disorderly conduct'. Again, we see a case of overzealous police officers using their not-quite-lethal taser guns when they feel the slightest bit of disrespect from a citizen.

This time the taser torture was caught on video by a neighbor.

A total of six officers were at the scene. They couldn't be patient or strategic enough to take Mr. Satre into custody without taser-torture. As a result, another unarmed human being is dead.

At a news conference the next day, Village Police Chief Charles Koenig said Satre was warned several times that officers were preparing to tase him. Koenig said criminal and internal investigations are being conducted, and that no disciplinary action had been taken against the officers who used the taser guns on Satre. Officers from both Ballston Spa and the State Police electrocuted Satre, officials confirmed.


Ned Hamson said...

I guess no one except relatives cares and that news organizations and people figure "tough luck" you got killed because "you" were not cooperative with police - which is an excuse for "oops" killing someone. Nothing will be done, I expect, until some 5-year old, white girl from a "good" family is killed for having a tantrum in a school, or someone famous or an elected official is killed for being disrespectful and not following "order."

Unknown said...

I understand that Taser International (the maker of the guns) has introduced a new model that is less deadly. That may be one reason that the number of taser deaths is down this year.

The other thing that would get the attention of the police force is if they were to *LOSE* some of the pending court cases for wrongful death begin brought in civil courts around the nation.

Unknown said...

Another news article on this man's untimely death-by-taser.

Jodi Carman said...

Thank you for writing this. Dan is a dear, old friend of mine and there is no way to accept this death. The pain and grief of his family and close friends is unbearable and those of us who grew up with him are in total shock. He was gentle and sweet and funny and loving and a faithful friend. Something went wrong that night and nobody knows for sure what that was, but the reality is 6 strong police officers against one 'disorderly' man should have been able to subdue him in a humane way.

Justin said...
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Unknown said...

A New York columnist recognizes that tasers safer, but hardly non-lethal as proven to be true in the taser-related killing of Daniel Satre.