61-year-old disabled man dies after being tazed by police on his bicycle

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November 23, 2011 4:53 PM

N.C. probes death of bicyclist tased by police

SCOTLAND NECK, N.C. - Authorities are investigating the death of a 61-year-old Halifax County man who was shocked by a police taser while sitting on a bicycle.

Roger Anthony died Tuesday, a day after a Scotland Neck police officer used a stun gun on him.

The state Office of the Medical Examiner hasn't yet determined a cause of death.

CBS Affiliate WRAL reports officers had responded to a 911 call Monday night about a man who had fallen off his bicycle in the parking lot of a bank. The caller told dispatchers that the man appeared drunk and may have hurt himself.

When Police Officer John Turner arrived, he saw Roger Anthony pedaling along 10th Street and followed in his patrol car. Turner put on his sirens and lights and yelled for him to stop, but Anthony continued to ride away, police said.

Scotland Neck Police Chief Joe Williams said Turner saw Anthony take something out his pocket and put it into his mouth. Turner got out of the car and yelled for Anthony to stop. When Anthony didn't, the officer used a stun gun on him, causing him to fall off of his bike.

Anthony was transported to Pitt County Memorial Hospital, where he was declared brain dead, his sister Gladys Freeman said.

He was taken off of life support on Tuesday.

Freeman said her brother suffered from seizures and had trouble hearing.

The family is considering whether to file a lawsuit against the town.

Scotland Neck Mayor James Mills said Wednesday that he wouldn't blame the family for suing.

"There has been no information that this man was a threat to anybody," he said. "If I was a family member, I'm sure I'd be thinking the same way."

Mills said he has tried to get information from the police department about what happened to Anthony, but they have turned him away.

Police Chief Williams said the officer is on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation conducts its probe. He declined to comment further.
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57330721/n.c-probes-death-of-bicyclist-tased-by-police/
 

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i'm typically the first person to say "fuck him, he deserved it!" but this is truly a tragedy surrounded by unfortunate circumstance.
Well, there is this part of the story...;)



Roger Anthony died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, a day after a Scotland Neck, N.C. police officer used a stun gun on him while he was riding a bicycle. (WRAL)
 

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Hmmm, given the scenario that was reported I'm trying to figure out what I would have done.

1. Attempted to knock him off the bike, which could result in him falling and hitting his head or other injuries.
2. Only follow him until he either got tired or got to where he was trying to go, but what if the report of him being drunk is true and he doesn't stop for a light or stop sign and ends up getting hit by a car, causing him to hit his head or other injuries....now people will ask why I didn't get him stopped sooner and I would be accused of being lazy.
3. Get close enough to pepper spray him, but blinded he could fall off his bike hitting his head or causing other injuries.
4. Tazer.........blah blah blah.
5. Use my mind reading skills to realize that he was hard of hearing, subject to seizures and that was only a piece of delicious bubble gum he had put in his mouth, and let him go.

Not so easy to choose is it? Oh, and fuck the mayor of that town. Encourage the family to sue the city, good job asshole. I hope they do and your paycheck bounces.
 

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Or get in front of him.

it's not hard to remove someone from a bike, especially if they're drunk. You could probably just grab the handle bars without issue.

If you push someone off at least they'll have the ability to try and catch themselves better than if their muscles are forcefully constricted.
 

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Pull in front of and have vehicle force a stop. Full lights and sirens, too.
 

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if the guy was drunk, a tumble off his bike may not have been so bad. barring a head injury. remember, drunk drivers walk away from accidents because they don't tense up.
 

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Pulling in front of somebody is a bit scary, mainly because if they have a weapon you could end up taking fire from behind. I'd likely pulled up next to him and gave him a little shot of pepper spray, but shot it out in front of him so he would have the mist came back into his face. He would have made a more controlled stop. Using the tazer would have been pretty much my last choice.

Oh dammit, I'm being the Monday morning quarterback, much like the general public and the media.
 

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You should call in reinforcements from the county over to set up a roadblock. Maybe deploy a spike trip or two.
 

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Pop him in the chest with a bean bag round. That'll learn him to listen better.
 

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I don't use tasers... But doesn't the target have to be pretty close and stationary to get a good shot? And even then there is a chance of missing with one of the prongs right?
 

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Where in the story did it say that he'd actually broken the law? What probable cause did the officer have for tazing the old fart. It's a fucking shame but unless there's something not being reported here the officer really fucked up.
 

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How do we know the first fall from the bike, the one that made them call the police in the first place, didn't cause his death.



Old timer tip.. sometimes it pays to take a slow ride over and the situation handles itself. "central.. drunk male must have rode away. 90z (gone on arrival). What's next?"
 

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Where in the story did it say that he'd actually broken the law? What probable cause did the officer have for tazing the old fart. It's a fucking shame but unless there's something not being reported here the officer really fucked up.
It's against the law to ride a bike while intoxicated.

Yeah, Kid, a slow roll would have been the best response to this. The Omaha PD put out a call to any available officer during the busiest part of the night, about a black woman approx. 300 lbs, nude and covered with feces. Every cop in town instantly did a traffic stop or had radio problems. I hit the gas and moved out of my patrol area because I needed to discuss a pending case with a deputy in the next county over. Would you want to deal with some ranting, shit covered fatso?
 

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I'd be all over that call. A 300 pound black woman covered in feces? Getting tazed? And pictures to boot? Well that's a story for the dinner table. You just don't see that much anymore..

Besides, once that's done, can't see a Sgt denying you lost time (paid time off you have accrued) because you're covered with crazy woman shit and have no other uniform to change into..
 

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At absolute worst case scenario this guy was riding a bike while drunk and he lost his life for it. That should make every American stop and think for a minute. When you get killed because someone is trying to protect you from yourself, shit has gone too far.
 
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What's gone too far exactly?
Killing a person and being justified in doing so because you were trying to "protect him from himself". Drunks on bikes don't kill anyone but themselves, but they can raise a lot of money for the county.
 

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You gotta stop and talk to the police when they tell you to