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Police Zap Dad Accused Of Stealing Salad At Chuck E. Cheese
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Posted on 03/02/2005 7:09:34 AM PST by esryle

AURORA, Colo. -- Aurora police have reviewed a weekend incident in which a man accused of stealing salad from a Chuck E. Cheese salad bar was hit with a stun gun twice by officers and said that proper procedures were followed.

The incident began at 4:05 p.m. Sunday when officers were called to the restaurant on a report of a larceny in progress.

Police talked to the Chuck E. Cheese manager, who told them that a customer had refused to show proof that he had paid for food. The manager said the man was seen "loading" his plate at the salad bar.

The officers confronted Danon Gale, 29, who was at the restaurant with his children, aged 3 and 7. Patrons said the popular kids pizza parlor was packed with children and families at the time.

According to police, Gale was asked to step outside to discuss the incident.

"According to witnesses (Gale) refused to cooperate with police and a struggle ensued," said Larry Martinez, a police spokesman. He said that Gale became argumentative and shoved one of the officers, a fact disputed by another patron.

"One of the officers kept poking the gentleman in the chest," Felicia Mayo told the Rocky Mountain News.

She was there with her 7-year-old son. She told the newspaper that Gale told the officer "You don't have to do that." She said Gale never put his hands on the officer who was confronting him

The argument escalated until Gale was shoved into the lap of Mayo's sister, who was sitting two booths away, holding a 10-month-old baby. That's when police pulled out a Taser stun gun to subdue him.

"They beat this man in front of all these kids then Tased him in my sister's lap," Mayo told the newspaper. "They had no regard for the effect this would have on the kids. This is Chuck E. Cheese, you know."

Gale's two children were "screaming and hollering and crying" as Gale was hit two times with the stun gun.

Police arrested Gale as his children and other customers watched. They took him outside, leaving his children inside the restaurant.

Gale was arrested for investigation of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing.

His two children were picked up by a relative.

The manager of the restaurant declined comment and Gale said he couldn't talk about it, after hiring an attorney.

An Aurora Police spokesman said that the sergeant on the scene wrote a report on the incident and forwarded it to his commander who determined that proper police procedures were followed relating to the use of the Taser gun .


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1 posted on 03/02/2005 7:09:34 AM PST by esryle
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To: esryle

holy crap


2 posted on 03/02/2005 7:11:49 AM PST by babble-on
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To: esryle
The manager said the man was seen "loading" his plate at the salad bar.

The horror, the horror.

3 posted on 03/02/2005 7:12:55 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: esryle

Buffet bandit strikes again.


4 posted on 03/02/2005 7:14:17 AM PST by Graycliff ("Life is just one darn thing after another; LOVE is just two darn things after each other.")
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To: esryle

If this report is accurate it's another case of taxpayers having to cover the abuses of our "representatives"...because it's a sure thing any costs the police department incurs in a lawsuit is going to come out of our taxes.


5 posted on 03/02/2005 7:14:21 AM PST by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: esryle; mhking

Just damn...


6 posted on 03/02/2005 7:14:23 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: babble-on; Mr. Mojo

Posted here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1353552/posts


7 posted on 03/02/2005 7:15:06 AM PST by RadioAstronomer
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To: Mr. Mojo

Larceny is larceny. Supposedly someone who trespasses onto your property but only steals some landscaping and not the safe, well that's all okay, eh?


8 posted on 03/02/2005 7:15:30 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: esryle
...proper police procedures were followed...

That's it, then - nothing to see here - move along....

...or you just might get Tasered.

Don't say that you haven't been warned!

9 posted on 03/02/2005 7:15:38 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: highlander_UW
abuses of our "representatives"..?
Please explain.
10 posted on 03/02/2005 7:15:57 AM PST by Graycliff ("Life is just one darn thing after another; LOVE is just two darn things after each other.")
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To: TheSpottedOwl

Twice?

Now that can be classified as a bad day.


11 posted on 03/02/2005 7:16:13 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (60 votes and the world changes.)
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To: esryle

Btw, I went to a Chuck E Cheese years ago. Worst pizza I ever ate...


12 posted on 03/02/2005 7:16:13 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: esryle

Imagine that. A Chuck-E-Cheese Salad Stealer.

Somebody ratted him out.


13 posted on 03/02/2005 7:16:40 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: highlander_UW
If this report is accurate

The key words. Is this report accurate? I'm thinking no -- there's probably a lot more to the story than Ms. Mayo's account provides.

Having seen what the media does to stories I know something about, I don't trust the media to report accurately, especially on stories like this one.

14 posted on 03/02/2005 7:17:45 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Cultural Jihad
Don't put words in my mouth, fool. If in fact the guy did steal the pizza, it's certainly not "okay." But neither are the quick-draw McGraw tactics of these cops. .....especially in front of little kids.

Shove your jackboots where the sun don't shine.

15 posted on 03/02/2005 7:18:59 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: esryle
Gotta get that scum off the street! No telling what crime he will commit next! < /sarcasm > :D

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16 posted on 03/02/2005 7:19:21 AM PST by GOPCajunLady (Hey Libs! Delta is ready when you are!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Twice? Now that can be classified as a bad day.

If Mr. Gale was still struggling after the first zap, I'd say he was not behaving in a particularly gentle manner.

17 posted on 03/02/2005 7:19:26 AM PST by r9etb
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To: esryle; Neets; Darksheare; scott0347; timpad; KangarooJacqui; The Scourge of Yazid; ...

Heh...real life ZOT ping!


18 posted on 03/02/2005 7:19:41 AM PST by TBarnett34 ("Unnngh!" -John F'n Kerry, 11/2/04)
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To: Mr. Mojo

I notice that he wasn't charged with theft - I wonder if he really stole the salad or not?

Maybe he was just hogging the bacon bits.


19 posted on 03/02/2005 7:20:15 AM PST by GaltMeister (The only time a Democrat should be allowed in the White House is to visit the President.)
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To: esryle

"Officer, when you're finished Tasering the salad thief, could you Taser my pepperoni slices? They look a little undercooked. Thanks..."


20 posted on 03/02/2005 7:20:38 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: esryle

Stealing Salad? ....He's lucky they didn't use mustard gas.

When refusing to leave your kids and go outside is outlawed, only severely tasered dads will go outside.


21 posted on 03/02/2005 7:20:58 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: esryle

This was posted yesterday but somebody PLEASE tell me what the cop SHOULD have done. He was called to an incident, by the business manager, in which the suspect was suspected of stealing. I don't care if it's salad or diamonds, it's stealing and the manager had every right to call the police and have him stopped.

But, no! It's the cops fault for confronting a non-cooperative suspect, at the managers request. God forbid the guy actually comply with a lawful request by an officer of the law. Nah, better to let him steal at will that way there won't be a scene, just like the guy was hoping.

Whan I call the cops, I want something done, not hand wringing and moral relativism.


22 posted on 03/02/2005 7:21:34 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: headsonpikes

I was tased some while back, and I still feel the effects from it. I may have told the story on another thread.

Best description is that it feels like walking into a lightsocket.


23 posted on 03/02/2005 7:22:34 AM PST by pickemuphere
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To: Mr. Mojo
Sorry Mojo, but it sounds like he was given every opportunity to end this without an incident.
He made a bad decision.
24 posted on 03/02/2005 7:23:12 AM PST by Graycliff ("Life is just one darn thing after another; LOVE is just two darn things after each other.")
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To: Cultural Jihad

Oh look, it's FR's little ray of sunshine.

There is no proof that this guy stole the freakin' salad. The shoved him into a woman's lap, and tazered him. What if that tazer had hit the baby she was holding?

This has nothing to do with someone coming into someone's yard and stealing their plants.


25 posted on 03/02/2005 7:23:25 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: esryle

You have to pay in advance at Chuck E. Cheese?


26 posted on 03/02/2005 7:24:56 AM PST by dsc
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To: esryle

If someone tazer'd the big rat I would be happy. Ain't enough money in the world to make me go in the place. EEEK!


27 posted on 03/02/2005 7:24:57 AM PST by najida (OK, seriously folks, anyone what a baby Chinchilla? REALLY! He needs a home!)
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To: esryle

Chuck E. Cheese has ANY food worth stealing???


28 posted on 03/02/2005 7:26:06 AM PST by NRA1995 ("Yew jes' go and lay yore hand on a Pittsburgh Steelers fan & Ah think yer gonna fin'lly understand")
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To: L98Fiero
IMO, at the very least...the police should have asked the man to step outside to talk to him.

But I'd guess there's more to the story...than the Clymer's are letting us peons know.

FWIW-

29 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:01 AM PST by Osage Orange (I'm a man, I can change, if I want to...Maybe.)
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To: Cultural Jihad

To: Mr. Mojo
Larceny is larceny. Supposedly someone who trespasses onto your property but only steals some landscaping and not the safe, well that's all okay, eh?



8 posted on 03/02/2005 10:15:30 AM EST by Cultural Jihad
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I might want to save this comment for use the next time we discuss illegal aliens stealing taxpayer funded services.


30 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:14 AM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Very bad day. In the future, the big rat will replace clowns in children's nightmares.


31 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:20 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Were the police called in because the fellow wasn't color-coordinated? I wouldn't assign "proof" from one measely MSM press report, anyway. The man will not be tried in the press, but in a court of law. That's how our system of self-governance works.
32 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:32 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: TheSpottedOwl

I think that any restaurant that uses a Rat as a mascot is probably one to avoid.


33 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:36 AM PST by mbynack
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To: Osage Orange

"IMO, at the very least...the police should have asked the man to step outside to talk to him."

The officer did and the man refused.


34 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:42 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: pickemuphere

Why were you Tased, and what effects do you feel?


35 posted on 03/02/2005 7:27:47 AM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: dsc
Apparently so.
36 posted on 03/02/2005 7:28:22 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: L98Fiero

what is not said in this story is, was the man getting salad for his kids,or for him self, how long had they been in Chuck E Cheese,all I have to go on is the manager "said" he was refused proof of payment. No I would not leave my young children alone while I went outside for a chat with the cops either.


37 posted on 03/02/2005 7:29:04 AM PST by markman46
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To: esryle

police state alert.


38 posted on 03/02/2005 7:30:02 AM PST by the invisib1e hand ("remember, from ashes you came, to ashes you will return.")
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To: Mr. Mojo

The "quick-draw McGraw tactics" were brought about by the perps' own actions. He was in complete control of the situation from beginning to end. Conservatives are big on personal responsibility, and we leave the sniveling whining and excuse-mongering to liberals.


39 posted on 03/02/2005 7:30:42 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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"Larceny is larceny. Supposedly someone who trespasses onto your property but only steals some landscaping and not the safe, well that's all okay, eh?"

Agreed. That guy could have just shown the receipt to the worker or he could have gone outside to discuss the situation with the officers or just shown them a receipt.

There is no right to brazenly steal and then be an ass about it when you are caught.

40 posted on 03/02/2005 7:31:00 AM PST by Jonx6
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To: markman46

All he had to do was cooperate. That's all. Nothing more was asked of him.


41 posted on 03/02/2005 7:31:02 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: the invisib1e hand

Me-ocratic criminal alert.


42 posted on 03/02/2005 7:31:12 AM PST by Cultural Jihad
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To: L98Fiero

What should the cops have done? I don't know the whole story, but a ticket and an escort of the "criminal" and his two young children off the property, should have sufficed.

It's salad, for pete's sake. Probably not very fresh salad at that.


43 posted on 03/02/2005 7:32:04 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: esryle
I think the cops went overboard on this poor man who was obviously only trying to lower his cholesterol.
44 posted on 03/02/2005 7:32:07 AM PST by Kokojmudd (Today's Liberal is Tomorrow's Prospective Flying Saucer Abductee)
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To: TheSpottedOwl
Note to Parents of America:

Do NOT plan to eat at Chuck E Cheese. Eat first at a real restaurant, then take your kids there to play games. They will completely misunderstand your simple pizza order then taser you on the carpet if you try to obtain food.

45 posted on 03/02/2005 7:33:01 AM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: Cultural Jihad

Looks like somebody tresspassed ad took your brain


46 posted on 03/02/2005 7:33:03 AM PST by chuckwalla
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To: esryle

If this is proper LE behavior, I quit!


47 posted on 03/02/2005 7:33:19 AM PST by Doc Savage (...because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch!)
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To: Cultural Jihad
Larceny is larceny. Supposedly someone who trespasses onto your property but only steals some landscaping and not the safe, well that's all okay, eh?

Odd comment. The facts of the case are in dispute.

48 posted on 03/02/2005 7:33:35 AM PST by Protagoras (" I believe that's the role of the federal government, to help people"...GWB, 7-23-04)
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To: esryle
Search?
49 posted on 03/02/2005 7:34:17 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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To: L98Fiero
Well...I'm guilty. I just sort of sped-scan the article. At least I did that.....hehehe.

Thanks for correcting me....

FRegards,

50 posted on 03/02/2005 7:34:19 AM PST by Osage Orange (I'm a man, I can change, if I want to...Maybe.)
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