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May 4, 2010 | By Kia Gregory and Matt Gelb INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III used a Taser on a man in Kensington on Wednesday afternoon while responding to a situation involving a group of neighborhood residents and two intoxicated men, a spokeswoman for the transit authority said. According to spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, around 2:40 p.m. a drunken driver - with his equally intoxicated passenger beside him - hit several parked cars at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street. Residents tried to hold the men down until police arrived, but a large "melee" ensued, Showell-Lee said.
NEWS
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.
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October 8, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA & GLORIA CAMPISI, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
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.
NEWS
May 4, 2010 | By Melissa Dribben, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
June 25, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
October 9, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
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.
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July 20, 2016
ISSUE | VIOLENCE Black Lives Matter could do good That I am not black does not disqualify me from expressing an opinion. "Black lives matter" is a fantastic slogan, and the response "All lives matter" is a trite one. Editorial page editor Harold Jackson is on to something ("Black Lives Matter needs a face to relate to," Sunday). We have the NAACP, the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), among others, so why not a BLM (Black Lives Matter)? Instead of random demonstrations with the possibility of violence, such an organization - devoted to education, working with law enforcement, and organizing peaceful protests - could make a difference.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III used a Taser on a man in Kensington on Wednesday afternoon while responding to a situation involving a group of neighborhood residents and two intoxicated men, a spokeswoman for the transit authority said. According to spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, around 2:40 p.m. a drunken driver - with his equally intoxicated passenger beside him - hit several parked cars at Frankford Avenue and Cambria Street. Residents tried to hold the men down until police arrived, but a large "melee" ensued, Showell-Lee said.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 20-year-old man who approached a police vehicle and threatened to kill the officer inside was subdued with a Taser and arrested Wednesday evening in South Philadelphia. Shareef Haynes walked up to the police vehicle parked in the 600 block of Ritner Street shortly after 6 p.m. and knocked on the window, police said. When the officer rolled his window down and asked how he could help, Haynes allegedly said he should "blow the officer's head off," said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman.
NEWS
February 9, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
People who have been stunned with Tasers may be unable to understand Miranda warnings - and more likely to waive their rights or even give false confessions - according to new research by a Drexel University professor. The study, the first randomized controlled trial of the weapons outside of manufacturer Taser International, found that the 50,000-volt shocks significantly impair brain function in the short term. "People who have just recently been tased run the risk of talking to police without the benefits of counsel and not understanding the consequences," said Robert Kane, Drexel criminology and justice studies professor.
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jessica Cruz's coworker walked over to her Monday afternoon and said a homicide detective had been on the phone, looking to speak with her, Cruz knew something had happened to her boyfriend. Omar Lopez, 24, was supposed to have spent the previous night with his best friend and to have returned home that morning. When he failed to show, a worried Cruz called the friend's house, but he, too, said Lopez had never appeared. Cruz left for work with a sense of mounting dread. And when the homicide detectives called that afternoon, "I thought the worst," she said.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Jack Tomczuk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Investigators have received several tips in Sunday's robbery of a man aboard the Market-Frankford Line who was later Tasered and tossed onto the tracks at the Millbourne station, a SEPTA official said Wednesday. A video released by SEPTA shows a man and a woman snatching the victim's bag while he was sleeping and then quickly leaving the train about 12:50 a.m. The victim awoke and chased the two onto the platform, where, after a brief struggle with the man, the woman Tasered the victim on the back.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man who was escorted out of a Market-Frankford Line station early Monday died minutes after he got into a fight with a SEPTA police officer who used a Taser to subdue him, transit officials said Monday. Pending the results of an autopsy, it is unclear how the man died, SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said during an afternoon news conference. The man, described as in his mid-20s, remained unidentified Monday night. The Philadelphia Police Department's Homicide Unit will investigate the death.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2015 | Solomon Jones
THE QUESTIONABLE death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell - allegedly a suicide - has forced me to revisit the ugly realities I explained to my children in the aftermath of the Michael Brown case. They are realities rooted in the complex relationships between race and class, between right and wrong, between law and justice. Because the frightening truth is that laws are applied unevenly, and justice is too often in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, Sandra Bland's death has broadened the problem.
NEWS
July 9, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WELL, THIS is nuts. A Delaware County man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the cops who arrested him for public drunkenness in 2012 were real ball busters because they tased his testicles while he was handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. In the suit, Kiyean Brown, 30, of Glenolden, claims that the lasting effects of the tase to his testes are driving him nuts, but an attorney for one of the defendant officers says the claim is poppycock and that the officer tased Brown in his thigh, not his gonads.
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