In a case that can only be described as shocking, a Marine reservist home less than a week was brought to his knees by a Taser in the hands of a Leon
County Deputy in Florida. The officer was responding to a domestic disturbance occuring next door, and got the wrong adress. He fired his Taser at
Demar Jackson because the reservist's attempt to explain the misunderstanding was construed as resisting arrest. Despite the fact that no physical
threat was made, and the 'suspect' did not flee, the officer felt justified in using his Taser because Jackson, a five year veteran of the Marine
reserves, tried to reason with the deputy instead of obeying an order to turn around. Jackson has filed a complaint and awaits trial, which is set
for April 19th.
As he stood in the line of a Leon County deputy's Taser, Demar Jackson made a final attempt to explain: The deputy had the wrong guy. The domestic
disturbance the deputy was responding to involved Apartment B. Jackson lived in A.
For the third time, the deputy ordered Jackson to turn around.
Jackson's wife and their 3-year-old son ran outside to see what was happening. At that moment, the deputy shot his Taser. It pierced Jackson's bare
chest and abdomen and sent 50,000 watts of electricity into him. The 30-year-old Marine reservist fell to his knees.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
It just gets better and better doesn't it folks? This gentleman, back less than a week, still on active duty, was assaulted by a deputy who
couldn't find the right apartment. Jackson is understandably upset, and is hoping he will get some answers at his upcoming trial. The Sheriffs
department is stonewalling, of course.
Law enforcement officers are usually authorized to use Tasers only in situations where they are being threatened, a suspect is fleeing the scene, or a
suspect 'physically resists' commands issued by the officer. Jackson in no way tried to intimidate or approach the officer. His hands were above
his head nearly the whole time, except when he reached into his back pocket briefly to flip his military ID card out onto the ground at the deputy's
The deputy reportedly shocked Jackson just as he was about to turn around. What a welcoming party huh? Does this signal a tightening of the noose of
the state around our necks, or was it just one rogue officer. It appears, on cursory inspection, that the rules of engagement differ for officers in
Florida. As far as I can tell they have the right to use force even if verbally resisted by citizens. I don't know about anyone else, but I make a
habit out of initiating conversation with lawmen who approach - and it's kept my feet on the grass my whole life. Take away conversation..what are
we but beasts playing as men?
[edit on 3-4-2005 by WyrdeOne]