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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Stop, "Taser Time" in Indiana Leads to Lawsuit

After being pulled over for allegedly running a red light, submitting to sobriety tests and inconclusive breathalyzer tests, police officers informed 40 year-old Jennifer Marshall that she would be taken to jail unless she submitted to a chemical blood test.  When Marshall told the officers she didn't know the meaning of submitting to a "chemical test" and that she wanted to make a phone call (to her attorney), the officers simultaneously denied Marshall permission to make the call.  And when she wouldn't drop the phone on demand, the officers wrestled Marshall onto the hood of her car, declared "Taser time" and jolted Marshall's arm with the device. The incident was captured on the officers' cruiser camera, the video of which will be used in her suit for excessive use of force. . . [Mark Godsey]

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There is a little more to the story than stated above. I watched the video and the officer was justified in tazering her. The above version is absurd compared to the video.

Posted by: Gerald Moore | Apr 25, 2006 7:00:30 AM

Mr Moore is completely wrong. Any US citizen has the right, unappealable by any law enforcement person including police, judges, or even the supreme court, to hault any law enforcement proceedings until they are legally represented, INCLUDING traffic stops (except in the case of suspected terrorism).

This scumbag cop should be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, negligence in a position of authority, and obstruction of justice, and sent to 30 years in prison.

Posted by: Kevin Dillon | May 22, 2008 3:16:19 PM

Mr Moore is completely wrong. Any US citizen has the right, unappealable by any law enforcement person including police, judges, or even the supreme court, to hault any law enforcement proceedings until they are legally represented, INCLUDING traffic stops (except in the case of suspected terrorism).

This scumbag cop should be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, negligence in a position of authority, and obstruction of justice, and sent to 30 years in prison.

Posted by: Kevin Dillon | May 22, 2008 3:16:56 PM

The fine gentelman who says that Mr. Moore is wrong is WRONG. Anyone who refuses to take the breath test can be arested for refusal and taken to jail. It sounds as thought he is obcessed with violating the law and getting by with it. Thanks

A retired SCUMBAG COP

Posted by: Don Kessler | Jul 20, 2008 7:54:19 AM

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