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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Michigan 15-year-old dies after police Taser him

Brett Elder, 15, unarmed, tasered in the chest, apparently already in handcuffs - the youngest ever victim of a taser.

I just received the following comment: "what they aren't telling you is that the cop continued to tase him because he was drunk and would not be quiet...He wasn't trying to physically fight them, he was just running his mouth....The cop tased him over and over..."

March 22, 2009
The Associated Press

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan say a 15-year-old boy has died after being Tasered by officers who were trying to break up a fight.

Police didn't release his name and say state police are investigating.

A Bay City police news release says officers answered a report of an early morning fight on Sunday. The statement says two males were arguing in an apartment, and one of them "attempted to fight the officers."

Police say officers Tasered him, and his reaction led them to immediately call for emergency medical help. He was pronounced dead at Bay Regional Medical Center.

Deputy Chief Thomas Pletzke tells WNEM-TV police placed one officer on administrative leave.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

what they aren't telling you is that the cop continued to tase him because he was drunk and would not be quiet...He wasn't trying to physically fight them, he was just running his mouth....The cop tased him over and over...

Anonymous said...

If that is the truth then the Officer is in trouble. The Taser used by most Michigan Police Depts keeps a memory of how many times the trigger is pulled. So in the extremly unlikly event this is what happoned they will know and take action.

Anonymous said...

How do you know he's a "victim"? Because some random comment said so? You do realize that there are a lot of cop haters/killers out there, that will say ANYTHING just to put the police in a bad light.

Shouldn't believe everything you read/hear until proven otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Depending on the model that might not be helpful, since when they initially added counters within a week a cheatsheet on how to manipulate them was making the rounds of police locker rooms.

New models are fairly tamperproof however, and from the timeline involved it's unlikely the officer in question had time to mess with it, thankfully.

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Those that criticize tasers and their overuse are not necessarily "cop haters", and we're certainly not "cop killers". I've always respected the police and the good work they do, and it pains me what they are doing to themselves lately.

I have grown to HATE the Blue Brotherhood of Silence as it is purely evil and a huge threat to society.

The interesting thing to note about this incident is that the victim was just 15 years old and he died. And there's a clear link from the tasering to "his reaction" and subsequent death.

I predict that this incident will stick to Taser pretty good. It's just a gut feeling at this point, but I'll bet that the folks at Taser are quivering in their jack boots over this case.

2009 is going to be interesting for Taser.