"Ozark Police Capt. Thomas Rousset attempted to explain why the taser was used:
"He refused to comply with the officers and so the officers had to deploy their Tasers in order to subdue him."
We won't need police in the future; just soldiers to respond to tips people phone in hoping to get a reward so they can afford a glass of water or a little food.
TORONTO ó The case of a mentally disabled man allegedly zapped with a Taser when Toronto police burst into his bedroom highlights the need for an ongoing national debate on the use of the stun guns, a prominent lawyer said Tuesday.
The family of George Lochner is suing the police for more than $9 million, claiming the man was beaten and zapped with a Taser in August 2006 when officers entered the family home looking for his brother, Silvano, who was wanted for threatening a neighbour.
Armed with a warrant, police were searching for Silvano when they came across George, who has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old and was sleeping at the time.
The sequence of events is unclear.
George, 43, has difficulty explaining what happened and the police forceís statement of defence does not contain many details of the encounter. The familyís lawyer, Clayton Ruby, says photographs of Lochnerís body taken one day after the incident show he was zapped with a Taser in five places.
"Tasering someone on at least five separate occasions is inhumane and wrong. Just wrong," Ruby said.
"Heís an unarmed man in his own bed."
The pictures, displayed at a news conference Tuesday, show marks that resemble two side-by-side cigarette burns on various parts of Lochnerís body. He was also photographed with a black eye.
Ruby says the officers used "abusive and unnecessary force" with the five-foot-10, 220-pound Lochner.
"I can see how George might seem menacing to somebody. Heís large . . . and he speaks in a peculiar way," Ruby said.
The allegations have not been proven in court.
Although the Toronto force is the focus of the lawsuit, Ruby said the case has national implications.
"I think itís very important that there continue to be an ongoing debate about the wisdom of this technique. This is just one little piece of that debate, in my view," he said.
More than 20 people have died in Canada after being hit with Tasers, which can deliver a shock of up to 50,000 volts.
The company points out the devices have never been directly blamed for a death.
In a statement of defence, police say Lochner tried to attack them. The document states officers encountered the man in a bedroom and told him not to move, but he "immediately tried to attack members of the team and eventually he was subdued."
The statement also says Silvano had "become increasingly violent and aggressive towards police and others."
"It is our very firm belief that our officers acted reasonably and responsibly given what they were faced with," said police spokesman Mark Pugash, who declined to discuss the details of the case.
A couple of things,this family has always had it out for the police. Second, the guy was uncontrolable, and was making a life threatening move on the police. They had every right to use the taser to defend themselves. Better than being shot, I would say...
Please forgive my ignorance as I'm not familiar with this story aside from this thread, but what
threatening move can a man in his own bed make to warrant being Tasered five times. It sort of
reminds me of the justification of the two yokels on SouthPark yelling, "He's coming right for us!"
The Tasered man was in bed when this happened, wasn't he? The pictures show the Taser prong
marks on the back of his left arm and on his back...so if he was in bed...he must have been face
down? You must know more about this story than is mentioned in the thread. What's the story?
From what I've heard, he was out of control and lunging at the officers when it happened.
How about we wait until this goes to trial(or at least in front of a judge) when all the facts will be known?
Whenever someone sues the police almost everyone always assumes that the officers did something wrong and they never think that people are just trying to make easy money. I don't know what is the case here, but if the police did something they weren't supposed to, then it will all be brought out in court.