Skip to comments.Family: Louisiana Police stun father as son died in house fire
Posted on 11/06/2013 8:32:18 AM PST by Rusty0604
LOUISIANA, MO. -- The Missouri State Fire Marshal continues its investigation into an early morning Thursday fire that took the life of a 3-year-old Louisiana, Mo. boy. A city police officer stunned Riley's stepfather Ryan Miller with a Taser gun three times as he tried to enter the burning house. Lori Miller, Riley's grandmother, said police stunned Ryan Miller as he tried to get back in the house.
He tried to get back in the house to get the baby, Lori Miller said. They took my son to jail because he tried to save his son.
Ryan Miller's sister-in-law doesn't think the police handled the situation correctly.
"It's just heartless. How could they be so heartless? And while they all just stood around and waited for the fire department, what kind of police officer wouldn't try and save a three year old burning in a house?" said Emily Miller. "We've been going through pictures and he's just smiling in every picture. He was just a happy, go-lucky kid."
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>> what kind of police officer wouldn’t try and save a three year old burning in a house?
The kind that would electro-torture his dad for trying to save him?
Just a guess.
Those cops should be charged with negligent homocide in my opinion for preventing the father from trying to save his kid.
He disobeyed the police and attempted to save his son?
Do not disobey orders from those in government.
Why isn’t this “officer” named in the article?
what kind of police officer wouldn't try and save a three year old burning in a house?
Maybe the type without any protective equipment or air tank. This isn't a movie where the heroic cop leaps over a burning beam (which is in a door frame no where close to the rest of the fire for some reason), dashes into the bedroom and saves the child and ends up with a little cough and a sooty face. There are some fires even firefighters won't go into no matter how much equipment they have.
Sad but, sometimes cops do what they can to save more lives.
The parents exited the back of the house and ran around to the front, only then attempting to re-enter.
The fire was too hot for even a fireman to enter the building and the baby was in the back of the house, where the fire started.
At this time, I’m going with the cops decision.
Somebody has earned at least a punch in the mouth.
Did they run out of house pets to shoot?
A co-worker of mine had a friend that, sadly, accidentally backed over his daughter with his truck. The parents called 911 for medical assistance and when the police arrived they handcuffed and restrained both parents from comforting their daughter, and that was the last thing that poor girl saw of this earth before she died.
What on earth is happening with law enforcement in this country? This is insane.
They arrested him and put him in jail. I’m not with the cops on that.
WHERE’S AL SHARPTON?!!! Oh wait, the baby was white. Never mind.
It isn’t the cops job to make that decision.
If the father wants to risk his life or die trying in an attempt to save his kid, the cop need to get the hell out of the way.
From now on, Americans will need to arm themselves and take up a defensive position before calling the police for help.
Gotta agree with you on that one.
It does seem that law enforcement is increasingly taking an adversarial position toward law-abiding citizens.
They removed him from the scene.
It doesn’t say he was charged and I think it best to remove someone from the scene and give them a little time and space.
They’ll still grieve but, it will be less traumatic than watching as the house went down to the ground.
It really was for the best.
I used to be as pro-police as they come, but the more I read about stories like this...
Please...It's fireperson...manhole is personhole..
Ubiquitous cell phone cameras.
That is the only difference.
People like you are waking up because very common stories like this can no longer be effectively suppressed. It is no longer a question of who's word to believe, and the police relied on that dynamic to cover up just as much stuff in the past as they get caught doing now.
Forgot where I put my PC book this morning.
Oh! Here it is.
It was under my copy of Mao’s Little Red Book.
I’ve had experience with the police over the years. I’ve never seen this kind of behaviour, or even something remotely like it.
They are drunk with power. You may not disobey the orders of your overlords.
What they forget is that there are thousands of us for every one of them. And we are waking up.
This government is OUT OF CONTROL! How is this different than any other fascist regime?
They stunned the guy 3 times for trying to save his son? Somebody has got to explain this. And this guy ought to sue to own this police department.
What, no forced anal probe and enema to go with it? Slackers.
Thank you for your rational post. There are some who rebel against even legitimate use of authority.
At least they didn’t shoot his dog.....
Absolutely and unquestionable correct. As long as this father didn’t pose a direct risk to anyone else they ought to have let him go. The Gestapo tactics againts citizens has got to stop!
Do not call them.
Do not allow them into your house without a warrant.
Do not speak to them except to say "I do not give you permission to search/enter" or "am I under arrest" or "I was is fear for my life" or "may I call my lawyer."
The parents reportedly escaped the burning house through a rear door in the building
when smoke woke them from their sleep and they called 911. They then ran to the front
of the house and Ryan Miller was trying to break down the front door as police and
firefighters arrived on the scene. Jenne confirmed that he was stunned with a Taser
State Fire Marshal Investigator Scott Stoneberger explained that a firefighter in full
gear had attempted to enter the house but the flames were too hot.
Riley was asleep in a bedroom, and Ryan and Catherine Miller — Riley is Ryan
Miller’s stepson — had fallen asleep watching television in a back living room
area off the kitchen. Smoke woke Catherine Miller, who woke up her husband. He
grabbed her cell phone to call 911, then tried to get in the kitchen to the
hallway to Riley’s bedroom, but “there was so much smoke and flames he couldn’t
get through,” Jenne said. “They made it out through a rear door, came around
front and were waiting on police and fire to get there.”
While firefighters started to knock down the fire, Ryan Miller kicked in the
front door and tried to enter the burning residence. Police tried to restrain
Ryan Miller, who became combative, Jenne said, and an officer used a stun
gun to subdue him. As Ryan Miller was pulled back, one firefighter in full
gear tried to enter the home, but “the heat just forced him back out,” Jenne said.
“Firefighters finally got to the boy, and sadly enough, he was only maybe 12-15
feet from the front door.”
Not the cops decision to make.
The current culture ignores the law and encourages violence. It has an affect.
The father will be charged with something, solely as a CYA move to justify a tasing. The situation could have been handled better by the police. Protect and serve has become subject and punish.
It does not follow that if the culture is violent and lawless that the police must also be violent and lawless. In doing so they betray their lack of character and break the trust of the community.
If they didn't have the capability to electrocute the Dad, they could of beat him with clubs for his own safety.
He's lucky they didn't shoot him, as they they have the legitimate authority to do so.
Being a police officer in Obamerica doesn't require good judgment or courage. Just the ability to hit a dog with a firearm at a distance of thirty inches.
I agree, but my point was that there does seem to be a very bad attitude by a growing number of law enforcement. There is a reason for this, imho.
I demand the right to die trying to save my kid. It doesn’t take a panel to make that decision for me. Woe unto anyone trying to stop me.
I understand your point, but it does not give then an excuse for bad behavior. The absolutely rampant abuse of steroids by LEOs is probabaly a bigger contributing factor than anything coming in from the culture. ‘Roid rage looks bad on anybody.
The cop should have just turned his head and crossed his fingers.
But you know what? The man is alive and now has the cop to blame which is better than being dead or Alive and riddled by guilt for the rest of his life.
So the consensus on the thread is:
(1) The cop should have committed suicide by walking into an inferno or
(2) Should have watched someone else commit suicide by walking into an inferno.
Many deep, analytical thinkers here.
Yeah, poor guy, he'll have to retire at 50 years old with $80,000 per year...In fact with all this stress, like so many others in government, he'll likely do a medical retirement and add another 40k a year to his pension to help him get through this.
However, she feels entitled to blame the cop for not going inside and for preventing the child's stepfather from not going inside.
No way she was burning to death - but her husband and the cop should have.
Police are mere public servants. We don't pay them to play god.
yes, it is.
What good will a dead father be to his other child?
It does not relieve anyone else from the moral responsibility he has to prevent you from killing yourself.
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