Woman declared brain-dead after being tasered trying to escape police

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Pictured: The moment handcuffed woman, 20, was left brain dead after being Tasered for trying to escape police

By Lee Moran
Last updated at 12:20 PM on 21st February 2012

A 20-year-old woman has been left brain dead - after she was Tasered by police and smacked her head on the ground.

Danielle Maudsley had been taken to a Florida Highway Patrol Station after being arrested for a suspected hit-and-run in September. Handcuffed, she ran out of the door.

But as footage from a police cruiser dashboard camera reveals, Trooper Daniel Cole, who this week was cleared of any wrongdoing, fired a Taser's electric probes into her back.


Impact: The moment Danielle Maudsley, 20, was Tasered by Trooper Daniel

She spun, fell backwards and hit her head on the ground. Bleeding and crying she tried to get up. She then blacked out and has remained unconscious ever since.

Doctors say Danielle, who was found to have cocaine and oxycodone in her system at the time, is unlikely to ever wake up.

Her mother Cheryl has slammed the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Department of Law Enforcement for its reports that both cleared Cole.

She told the Tampa Bay Times she was suing FHP, and added: 'Tell me that's not excessive force. I'm not saying she was an angel, but she didn't deserve that.

'He couldn't reach out and grab her? He was an arm's length away. My daughter is dead because of this. She won't come back.'

Danielle, who had a suspended driving licence, was arrested earlier that day for allegedly leaving the scene of two traffic accidents.

At the station, she tried to escape. Cole, worried she would be hit by a car as she ran towards the direction of U.S. 19, gave chase.

He said that because of the immediacy of the situation, and the fact he feared one or both of them would be injured if he tackled her, he went for his Taser.

When asked if he would have done anything differently, he said: 'No, I would not have.' Experts have now questioned the use of the Taser.

Greg Connor, professor at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute who specialises in use of force, said: 'It just doesn't make any sense. I don't see where it's going to be that hard to apprehend her.'

And nationally known use-of-force expert Dave Klinger, a retired Los Angeles police officer and professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said it was an an 'inappropriate' police tactic.

But Sgt Steve Gaskins said: 'The Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an independent review. FDLE's investigation found the trooper's actions were legal and within the scope of his duties.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...sered-trying-escape-police.html#ixzz1nRY3HiUd
That was quite a hit...

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Danielle, who had a suspended driving licence, was arrested earlier that day for allegedly leaving the scene of two traffic accidents.

At the station, she tried to escape.
And she seemed so calm and reasonable.

How hard is it to maintain a driver license, not cause two wrecks, and not try to escape custody? Hell, I do it every day.
 

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Yep, that's the same office my brother works out of. She was a fucking wildcat to deal with inside. She slipped her cuffs once, then attempted to escape. The trooper that tazed her felt that tackling her on concrete would be the more harmful thing to do. She was also high on drugs and ran the risk of being hit by a car on the adjacent highway. Don't get high on drugs, do two hit and runs and then turn cunty when you end up cuffed. Great job raising this one mom!
 

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It was a freak accident caused by and effecting a bitch who didn't have her shit together. Nothing more, nothing less.
 

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In all the taser stories this one has the worst outcome, but the police did nothing wrong. With all those drugs she had in her system and her running away, she had it coming.
 

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Doctors say Danielle, who was found to have cocaine and oxycodone in her system at the time, is unlikely to ever wake up.
That is an interesting combo..repressing the respiratory system while increasing the heart rate and oxygen demand....nah..that might not had any factor in causing her status.
 
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That is an interesting combo..repressing the respiratory system while increasing the heart rate and oxygen demand....nah..that might not had any factor in causing her status.
Gather she had a stroke?
 

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Cerebral edema would be my bet... brain swelling.

That crazy broad's melon bounced off the pavement. I felt that from here. That was awesome.
 
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Cerebral edema would be my bet... brain swelling.

That crazy broad's melon bounced off the pavement. I felt that from here. That was awesome.
And like Hudson said he is sure the pharmacy in her system had no effect on the outcome at all...

Oh and before > after...



And she looks like she is 12...

 

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And like Hudson said he is sure the pharmacy in her system had no effect on the outcome at all...

Oh and before > after...



And she looks like she is 12...

The coke and pills sure didn't help the situation, but that shot she took to her bean was fucking brutal... that mighta been enough without the pharmacy she had onboard.

She was pretty cute for a coked-up pill head. Nice jailbait vibe. Crack skinny... you could easily give her the goon hand and throw her around like a boss.
 

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What ever happened to the days when a cop would throw a baton at a perp while running and cause 'em to trip
 

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Gather she had a stroke?
Yeah, hemmorhagic or a sub dural or sub arachnoid bleed maybe, brain swelling coulda done it too especially from where she hit her head. I really would have liked to work that call just to see what was going on.
 

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This ended exactly the way it should have.
 

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Like...

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Seems like only Heather Locklear and Charlies Angels ever really mastered that trick. Chasing perps in heels must be really hard.