May 4, 2010 |
For the first time in Phillies history, a fan running on the field at Citizens Bank Park was subdued by a Philadelphia police officer using his Taser gun. With 44,817 fans watching in the stands Monday night, the teenage male, wearing a black baseball cap, red T-shirt, and khaki shorts, ran on to the field during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. "This is the first time that a Taser gun has been used by Philadelphia police to apprehend a field jumper," Phillies spokeswoman Bonnie Clark said in a statement.
May 4, 2010
INQUIRER STAFF Another fan went on to the field during Tuesday night's Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park, but this time he was arrested without security using a Taser gun. In Tuesday's episode, a 33-year-old man stepped on to the field during the ninth inning and walked along the warning track in center field. Some fans chanted "Tase him, Tase him. " The man gave himself up to security personnel. On Monday night, a 17-year-old fan ran on the field during the eighth inning and eluded police and security long enough that a Philadelphia police officer used a Taser to knock down the man. That prompted a national discussion and debate about whether it was the proper situation to use the Taser.
October 8, 2010 |
Patrick Johnson was no stranger to police. He wasn't a bad kid, mind you - not a drug dealer, or a gang member or anything like that. But the cops had been called to Johnson's Northeast Philadelphia home 14 times this year for a variety of domestic problems that all seemed to involve him. Johnson's family said he was mentally challenged; police said he might have suffered from mental illness. This much is known for sure: The 18-year-old died yesterday, police said, after cops zapped him twice with a stun gun during a lengthy confrontation inside his house on Souder Street near Tyson Avenue.
May 4, 2010 |
On the way from the subway to the stadium Tuesday night, a throng of red-shirted Phillies fans were stopped by two security guards, posted at one of the parking lot entrances. "Hold up," the guards said. "Let the cars pass. " When the restless crowd was finally allowed to continue on, the guards commiserated about how tough their job can be. "They should give us tasers," one said. The other laughed, "Oh yeah!" On an excellent night for a game, a prosyletizer set up his station across from the third base entrance and preaching through a bullhorn warned the fans about an eternity in hell.
June 25, 2007 |
Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Fred Evans was arrested early Saturday after he refused to leave a taxi on South Beach and then fought with officers, police said. Police twice used a Taser gun on Evans, according to the arrest report, in attempts to subdue the 6-4, 305-pound player who appeared in one game as a rookie last season with the Dolphins. Officers said they asked Evans to leave the taxi and, after he refused, they attempted to put him in handcuffs. He allegedly resisted, leading to the scuffle.
April 13, 2014 |
TULLYTOWN The FBI has cleared Tullytown police of any wrongdoing for using a Taser on a handcuffed teenager who tried to run away after being arrested on shoplifting charges last year, the Police Department said this week. The incident, which occurred in November at a Walmart store, received widespread attention after an image of the 14-year-old boy's facial injuries was widely circulated on the Internet. The Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the FBI investigated the incident to review the department's use of force.
May 13, 2010 |
Four shocks from Tasers couldn't keep a flasher with a fanny pack down on Monday, so Delaware County police used their next best weapon in nonlethal force - beanbag bullets, according to court documents. The trouble started when Daniel Reed, 48, allegedly flashed his female mail carrier and his neighbor at the Hilltop Condominiums, on Hilltop Drive in Brookhaven, shortly before 11 a.m., prompting a call to police. When Officer George Pappas arrived on scene, Reed approached him in the parking lot and at one point pulled down his pants, exposing his penis, and told Pappas to "go d--k yourself," the affidavit said.
March 20, 2014 |
CHESTER Authorities are investigating an incident in which a man alleges that a Chester police officer used a Taser on him when he had just suffered a seizure - puncturing his lung - and later arrested him for allegedly assaulting an officer and medic. Darren Scott, 48, of Upland, is being held at the Delaware County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail on charges including aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. On March 12, Scott was "extremely combative" and kicked paramedic Ramona Bucolo and grabbed and pushed Officer William Casey, who used a Taser on Scott twice while in the ambulance, according to the arrest affidavit.
October 9, 2010 |
There are still more questions than answers about the death of Patrick Johnson after his confrontation with Philadelphia police. Results of an autopsy on the 18-year-old, who died Thursday after being zapped twice with a Taser by police officers, were not yet available, said Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran. With no new information to go on, Johnson's family and police officials could only lament the encounter that led to tragedy. "Our whole family is heartbroken," said one relative, who declined to be named.