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Stopped speeder shocked twice

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  1. Vernal45

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    Taser use remains on a roll.

    Special Report: Police use of stun guns
    Stopped speeder shocked twice
    She berated officers and refused to exit vehicle

    By Dani Davies

    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    Sunday, May 29, 2005

    BOYNTON BEACH — Victoria Goodwin's spirits were high as she sped through Boynton Beach in her SUV that Friday morning.

    She had just dropped her daughter off at day care and was heading to her mother's house to get her hair and nails done. On Monday, she would fly to Jamaica to be a contestant in a modeling competition.

    Boynton Beach Police Department

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    Boynton Beach officer Rich McNevin is shown in a department video using a Taser on driver Victoria Goodwin, who was charged with driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence. She had berated officers and refused to get out of her vehicle. Police officials back McNevin's choice.
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    In a 35-mph zone, she breezed past a yellow Mustang. Officer Rich McNevin, in the Mustang, clocked her at 52 mph.

    He pulled her over.

    Five minutes later, the young mother was squirming on the ground, her body electrified twice by 50,000 volts from McNevin's Taser.

    Though Goodwin, 22, wants to sue the department, police officials say the officer's choice to use the stun gun was a good one that had a good outcome: No one got seriously hurt.

    The incident was recorded by a camera mounted on the Mustang's dashboard.

    It shows, at 7:50 a.m. on Aug. 6, Goodwin's silver Isuzu Rodeo pass by, McNevin following and eventually pulling her over.

    As McNevin approaches the Rodeo, Goodwin opens her door and launches into a stream of criticism and questions. She tells him he pulled her over for no reason, says Boynton Beach officers are "the worst" and, according to the officer's report, calls him racist. He tells her that in addition to speeding, she has a broken windshield, a broken tail light and isn't wearing a seat belt.

    At 7:54 a.m., a dispatcher adds one more offense to the list: Goodwin's license is suspended. McNevin tells Goodwin she is under arrest. He directs her to put out her cigarette, get off her cellphone and step out of the car. She says, "No, I'm calling somebody." He repeats his order and tries to grab her wrist, but she pulls away and says, "Stop. Don't touch me."

    McNevin draws his Taser and points it into the car. A second officer opens Goodwin's passenger door and tries to grab her cellphone.

    It's impossible to see on the video what is happening inside the car. In his report, McNevin wrote that "it appeared that Goodwin attempted to slap Officer Reynolds." She says she never did that.

    At 7:55 a.m., McNevin, who has never shot his Taser before, fires the two probes from his stun gun into Goodwin's left arm.

    She shrieks in pain and slides out of the car. Her body vibrates violently on the ground as she continues to wail.

    McNevin shouts at her to turn over on her stomach and put her hands behind her back. Do it now, he says repeatedly. Do it now, or you're going to get Tased again, he yells.

    The video doesn't show Goodwin on the ground. She cries out, "I can't."

    Then, less than a minute after the first shock, another pop is audible, followed by the clicking sound of the Taser cycling another 50,000 volts into her body for five seconds. She screams anew and yanks one probe from her arm.

    She sobs for several minutes, quietly, repeatedly whimpering, "Oh, my God."

    The two officers put her in handcuffs, remove the remaining probe and walk her to a patrol car.

    "It's over and done with," McNevin says. "We've been Tased before. We know it's not that bad."

    Goodwin responds: "I don't care what you say. I've never been Tased before."

    Sgt. Sedrick Aiken, a department trainer who watched the video, said McNevin's actions were appropriate, even ideal.

    An officer facing a noncompliant person in a car has to consider several potential problems. If he physically forced Goodwin out of the vehicle and onto the ground, he might have injured her. She might have had a weapon hidden in the car. If he used pepper spray, her eyes could have been affected for an hour, or he might have sprayed his partner.

    Goodwin was charged with driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence. She was treated at Bethesda Memorial Hospital after complaining that her arm was numb, according to the report, and then transferred to jail.

    Ten months after the incident, she has two small marks on her arms from the probes. She says she placed in the top 100 of 8,000 contestants in Jamaica.

    Goodwin said the department has treated her family unfairly ever since a relative filed a lawsuit against the city in the early '90s. She had been calling her brother to come to the scene because, she told officers, "I don't trust y'all."

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2005/05/29/a16a_taser_vig1_0529.html

    Umm, Aiken is Wrong. Dead Wrong.
     
  2. LawDog

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    No, Aiken is right. We get paid to keep the peace. We get paid to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the State that we're commissioned in.

    Conflict may be a part of the job, but it's not our job, nor are we paid to get into conflicts with people.

    LawDog
     
  3. AK-74me

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    Lol

    As soon as i saw this on fox news today I knew Vernal would have it posted by sun down.
     
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    So, I guess you would have just told her to be on her way? What else would they have done, ripped her out of the car? They'd probably be facing a sexual harassment suit then.
     
  5. Sean Smith

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    You know, Vernal, I'm pretty sure the Japanese have some kind of specialized porn for this fettish of yours.

    Edited to add: 電光警察の性
     
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    Not many specifics here, but my guess is it was just as the officer says. But I do wonder about the second zap. He told her to roll over and put her hands behind her back. I have never been tazed before, but I thought that would be difficult after the first shock. Isn't immobilization the purpose of a tazer? Not trying to be critical, I just don't know.
     
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    If she could pull a probe out she could roll over,
     
  8. Vernal45

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    Sean, there is a term for folks like you that refuse to see the problems with LE, its call "head in the sand". :confused:
     
  9. AK-74me

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    None the less if you don't see that it is some kind of obession of yours then you have your head in the sand!
     
  10. R.H. Lee

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    Prolly a mouthy beeyatch, too. She got what she deserved.
     
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    Since I obviously have my head in the sand, could you explain where the officer went wrong?
     
  12. AK-74me

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    I think that I have solved one those dead rapper mysteries! You all may remember the rab artist known a Easy-E who reportly died several years ago after recording the song "F*** the Police" with his group NWA.



    I believe he just went under ground and became known as Veranl 45 and now spreads his word on gun disscusion boards.
     
  13. walking arsenal

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    This thread isn't goingto last.
     
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    Immobilization is a purpose of the TASER. However, it only immobilizes the person while the shock is being delivered. The affects cease as soon as the shock is stopped. TASERs deliver no more than a 5 second shock, and the shock can be terminated in less than 5 seconds if the officer chooses. Therefore teaching use of the TASER trainers instruct the officer to deliver the next verbal command AFTER the shock is no longer being delivered, because the suspect cannot comply while being shocked, but can after the shock has stopped.

    Most experts on use of force, consider the TASER to be a lower level of force than using OC spray, or using "empty hand" controls, and it is certainly a lower level of force than strikes, whether delivered with the body or a baton.

    Injuries associated with the TASER are extremely rare, with the most common of those rare injuries being the result of falling if the subject is shocked while standing. Deaths associated with the use of the TASER are even more rare, and so far have only been associated with people who have risk factors for a cardiac event. Being high on cocaine, meth, and some other drugs is one of those risk factors.
     
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    Didn't we just have this discussion?

    If a cop wants you out of the car, you're getting out of the car.

    You'll be happier if you do it under your own power, voluntarily.

    It's the way those of us who support the police want it.

    The rest is arm waving.
     
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    No sympathy whatever.
     
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    lol if a cop was cited for J-walking he'd post the story within the hour.
     
  18. AK-74me

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    That is the point

    Who cares if this thread last there are probably 5 more started by him on the first page that are about the same thing.
     
  19. loose cannon

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    gee i wonder how all the wonderful supporters of this outrage would like it if their wives or daughters got taser fried after having a bad hair day with their local barney fife????

    bet we'd really hear a seachange in their attitudes then.
     
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    Thanks for the answers guys. This place amazes me with the depth of knowledge avalible.
     
  21. AK-74me

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    Nope

    As we talked about on this topic a couple weeks ago. If my wife or daughter acted that way then I would have no sympthay for them either. It is really not that hard. You get pulled over you conform to the officer even if you think he is in the wrong. You then have a day in court to try to fight it. To try to argue with the cop at the scene will end the same way everytime and you are not going to be on the winning end of it. What do think the cop is gonna say?

    cop : Maam I pulled you over for speeding
    Loud mouth lady in car : Shoot I wasn't speeding you better get your radar checked.
    cop: o Ok maam I am sorry I guess my radar was off you have a good day now.
     
  22. taliv

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    the second zap was probably uncalled for.

    but it's hard to feel a lot of sympathy for her.

    still, it wasn't very wise to taser her in the first place. clearly, the public is going to side with soccer moms, especially with the media bias against police doing their jobs.

    the nut is that it won't take but a few more of these and cops will lose their tasers.
     
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    i just have issues with 2 trained law enforcement officers using a weapon on a unarmed woman.

    where i come from theyd have her out of the car in handcuffs without raising a sweat or bending her hairdoo.
     
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    If my child was driving on a suspended license, dangerously speeding, and mouthing off at the police, they would be more worried about what they would have to face when they got home.

    And for my wife, she got the right to vote and is old enough to sleep in any bed she makes.
     
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    Again, I ask what are you going to do? Did she recieve any permeant injuries from the taser? How was this much different from grabbing her, dragging her out of a car, and dropping her to the ground to cuff her? All we would be hearing about then was how she was overpowered and the police used excessive strength on her.

    That tells me she had problems with the police. I doubt that the police sat on the side of the road waiting to nail her on a speeding charge. She however, was probably not going to cooperate in any way with them. Anything they did was going to be turned upside down by her to make them look bad.
     
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