Honk at a police car? That's a death by tasering.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The parents of a Southern California man who accuse police of killing their son with a Taser after he honked at a patrol car have sued the sheriff's department and county.
The suit accuses the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, the county of San Bernardino and three deputies of assault and battery as well as negligence in the death of Allen Kephart, 43.
Kephart was driving in Rimforest, 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in May when he honked at a patrol vehicle that turned in front of him, according to the lawsuit filed on Tuesday in San Bernardino Superior Court.
The sheriff's deputy then circled his patrol car back behind Kephart's vehicle and pulled him over at a nearby gas station, the lawsuit said.
The deputy ordered Kephart out of his car at gunpoint, forced him to the ground, and was joined by a sergeant and another deputy, the lawsuit said.
The three officers used their electroshock Taser weapons on Kephart "without provocation or justification" for about 10 minutes, expending five cartridges, the lawsuit states.
Kephart, who the suit said was "overheard screaming for help," stopped breathing at the gas station.
The suit also accused the officers, named as Deputy Ismael Diaz, Deputy Michael Gardea and Sergeant Bryan Lane, of failing to immediately perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or call for emergency assistance.
A representative from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department declined to comment on the lawsuit.
But the department said in a statement earlier this year that Kephart "became combative and uncooperative" with a deputy after exiting his car.
The department also said the sheriff's deputies did at one point perform CPR on Kephart, and that he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Kephart's family is seeking general and compensatory damages in an amount to be proven at trial for lost earning potential and loss of love and affection.
"Allen Kephart was a well known person in the community and was known by all, including the officers involved in this incident, to be ... kind hearted and nonviolent," the lawsuit said.
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That or the EMF from all those tasers fried the camera.
 

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Police State 4eva
 

fletcher

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That or the EMF from all those tasers fried the camera.
That EMF must have been.... unbelievable.

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Huh..the one huy in Scranton they did that to just shit his pants..of course..he was wanted on 7 counts of attempted Murder..and had gotten out of prison less than 3 weeks before on good behavior for other charges.
 

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Huh..the one huy in Scranton they did that to just shit his pants..of course..he was wanted on 7 counts of attempted Murder..and had gotten out of prison less than 3 weeks before on good behavior for other charges.
He racked up 7 attempted murders in 3 weeks?
 

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If the the allegations are true, the three deputies should be tried for second degree murder.

Can't call him lazy.
No but you could call him incompetent. 7 tries and he couldn't get the job done?
 

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If the the allegations are true, the three deputies should be tried for second degree murder.



No but you could call him incompetent. 7 tries and he couldn't get the job done?
Supposedly he so liked prison..he was stabbing people in non lethal areas of the body. with a small knife.
 

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The sheriff's deputy then circled his patrol car back behind Kephart's vehicle and pulled him over at a nearby gas station, the lawsuit said.

The deputy ordered Kephart out of his car at gunpoint, forced him to the ground, and was joined by a sergeant and another deputy, the lawsuit said.
There is a LOT missing from sentence 1 to sentence 2.

I have been trying to find a scene from the Wire where Sgt Carver and the narco guys have a car pulled over, some guy is beeping behind them and gets yanked out of the car. I could not find it. I have failed you all. I will hang my head in shame.
 

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Wait...... I have saved myself...

Happens at about the 1:20 mark
[video=youtube;XO1uyuqk5-Y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO1uyuqk5-Y[/video]
 

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Does anyone have 2016 in the taser ban pool? If not I'll take it. Whomever thought the idea of shocking people to control them when the human heart and brain use electricity to operate should be arrested for this murder.
 

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Does anyone have 2016 in the taser ban pool? If not I'll take it. Whomever thought the idea of shocking people to control them when the human heart and brain use electricity to operate should be arrested for this murder.
I grew up on a dairy and we used electronic cattle prods to coral the livestock. Probably where the idea came...

Holy shit Kirk was right.
 

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Does anyone have 2016 in the taser ban pool? If not I'll take it. Whomever thought the idea of shocking people to control them when the human heart and brain use electricity to operate should be arrested for this murder.
really? i think whomever thought of this was a great fella.
 

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really? i think whomever thought of this was a great fella.
Same here. Tasing someone seems a lot safer for everyone involved than having to beat them into submission with an ASP or night stick.