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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pointing Taser at baseball fan violated no rules

Welcome to the brave new world of policing, where pointing a taser at an unarmed and handcuffed man's head doesn't violate ANY rules.

According to "police officials" Officer McGovern didn't intentionally point the taser at the man's head. One look at the photo tells an entirely different story - I'd say it looks pointedly intentional.

September 24, 2008
Bay News 9, Tampa, Florida

PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) -- The St. Petersburg Police officer who placed a Taser to a man's head at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game last week did not break any rules with those actions. That's according to officials with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

In an image captured by our partner newspaper the St. Petersburg Times, officer Pat McGovern can be seen pointing the Taser at Boston Red Sox fan Chris Sciesinski. Police said he was drunk and tried to jump onto the field.

Police officials said McGovern did not intentionally aim the Taser at Sciesinski's head.

Sciesinski said he was already in handcuffs when McGovern threatened to hit him with the Taser. Sciesinski pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge. A judge sentenced him to one day in jail and a $375 fine.

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