Skip to comments.The moment handcuffed woman, 20, was left brain dead after being Tasered for trying to escape police
Posted on 02/21/2012 7:44:12 AM PST by rawhide
A 20-year-old woman has been left brain dead - after she was Tasered by police and smacked her head on the ground. Danielle Maudsley had been taken to a Florida Highway Patrol Station after being arrested for a suspected hit-and-run in September. Handcuffed, she ran out of the door.
But as footage from a police cruiser dashboard camera reveals, Trooper Daniel Cole, who this week was cleared of any wrongdoing, fired a Taser's electric probes into her back.
She spun, fell backwards and hit her head on the ground. Bleeding and crying she tried to get up. She then blacked out and has remained unconscious ever since.
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And I suppose they are trying to blame this on the police.
I call it poetic justice.
Whatever she did wrong - to get tazed - I bet she don’t do it again.
Given that she tried to run, sounds like she was guilty of the hit and run.
A terrible tragedy for certain. However, the individual must assume responsibility for the consequences of a series of very poor decisions. Nobody forced her to flee an auto accident. Nobody force her to evade arrest since last September. Nobody forced her to attempt to flee police custody once she was arrested. The act of being tasered as fleeing suspect who has ignored a lawful order to stop is a direct consequence of her decision to ignore that lawful order and continue her attempt to flee lawful police custody.
She has nobody to blame but herself and I’m glad the officer administering the taser has been cleared of any wrong doing.
Shame it got to that, but he wasn’t trying to kill her. These days, maybe her drug dealer can sue, too. Loss of steady revenue ‘n all.
Why do we let fat out of shape people become cops??
Seriously? This girl needed tazed? This guy may have been cleared of wrongdoing, but Jesus really? you couldn’t cover the feet that speprated you with her without pulling a tazer
This dude, and the district which he lives are now going to face a wrongful death lawsuit that they are going to lose, and have to pay big time because this fat ass was too out of shape or too damned lazy or both to cover 3 feet.
Pretty harsh considering you don't know the extent of the hit and run. Hit and run can be anything from denting a fender without reporting it and leaving the scene to hitting someone one and causing bodily injury or death. So you are saying, assuming she was even guilty of the charge, that even if she only dented someone's car she deserved to be relegated to a life of being a veggie? Said life, of course, promises to be very short as they will probably pull the plug soon. Sounds like an accident as far as the police action goes, how was the cop to know what would happen when he tased her? OTH, Cops using tasers have been responsible for many deaths and injuries considering that the taser is supposed to be a non deadly response tool.
Sorry to not cater to black and white arguments, but are Tasers really appropriate for use by a 220 lb. man against a 90-lb woman - and on a asphalt surface, no less? I mean do we no longer require cops to EVER pursue a suspect on foot? Are too many of them disabled-by-donuts to effect a proper pursuit? This guy has a belly like Santa Claus, but couldn’t he have pursued her for 20 feet? Do they have no training to withdraw use if suspect is on a hard surface, like mall tile, concrete or pavement? Again, sorry to be the only one to disagree that being strung out on pills and coke and running from a fat lazy cop means you deserve a death sentence.
“Seriously? This girl needed tazed? “
I kinda agree. I think the the tazer is used in circumstances a gun never would be used because it’s considered safe. It should be used as a last resort.
I do think it is a shame she’s a young girl who is permanently injured, but it certainly isn’t the police who did this. Had she not been running from them she would not have had this unfortunate accident.
She obviously had no respect for the law, but the laws of physics don’t happen to care if you do not respect them.
Correction - he is 267 lbs! This grossly obese lazy cop should be tasered the next time he opens a Twinkie.
Yeah, I guess he should have popped a couple caps in her instead of using the taser.
You’d be proud you were so fat and out of shape or lazy, or both, you couldn’t cover 3 feet and had to rely on a tazer to do what any normal person could have done with ease? And killed a woman in the process?
No doubt that the woman holds accountability for her decision to run, but to be proud of killing a girl because you are too fat or lazy to cover 3 feet? Just what warped world you live in I hope I never visit.
I don’t think too many officers...or soldiers for that matter...are “proud” of what they have to do in inflicting harm on other people as a part of their duty. But they do it anyway because it is their duty and to allow domestic or foreign criminals or enemies to escape brings a worse set of problems.
The officer and his actions were reviewed and cleared.
Maybe he was not in a good position to “chase her down” but could fire the taser. I wouldn’t judge so harshly. The woman was a criminal who had left the scene of a hit and run, had evaded police capture for five months, and who, when captured, broke free and tried to run.
As you say, she is the one responsible. So, short of being there and knowing that what you are speculating at is actually true (ie. he was too lazy...a pretty harsh judgement), I would not try and place the weight of guilt (or blame) on this officer. He was cleared, and IMHO, ought to have been cleared.
A sad tragedy that she fell such that she incurred a brain injury...but, IMHO, that unfortunate consequence belongs completely to her.
I don't understand the support here for his despicable actions. This fat creep has no business being a police officer.
"...are Tasers really appropriate for use by a 220 lb. man against a handcuffed, 90-lb woman - and on a asphalt surface, no less?"
Poor baby. They should have just let her go. Everything would be fine in the world if they did. sarc
To hunt down and capture a suspect, sure - chasing down the perp is sometimes necessry. But, if the suspect is captured, and is being charged - and they decide to make a break; I've no problem with the Taser being given. Why is it we expect police to go to a Track Meet, at a moment's notice? Does the woman bear absolutely no responsibility? Must she be rendered completely restrained, at every opportunity? Are the police expected to be hit, slapped, kicked and injured, based soley upon the 'mood' of the suspected perp? I miss the good old days when a cop would say "Stop, or I'll shoot". Warning shot is 100% optional.
I agree with you. Thanks for articulating.
So you think the appropriate punishment for resisting arrest is death. Seems a bit extreme to me.
Lately it seems like the new penalty for leaving the scene of an accident or mouthing off to the cops is death.
Don’t forget that someone who is handcuffed can’t run too well. Cops used to work for a living. Now they taz people for fun. Cops should not be allowed tazers if they can’t used them responsibly. It’s is still a dangerous weapon. It’s not star trek’s phaser.
She tested positive for oxycodone and cocaine. She looked in ill health in the “before” picture. It’s possible that contributed to the brain injury.
Exactly, this video is a perfect example of what people who protest cops with tazers make, that they rely on them to do the job that they should not need them to do.
This woman was tazed with led directly to her falling unprotected onto concreate and cracking her head and killing her. Pure and simple.. yes, she chose to run, but the cops actions directly led to her injury, and to claim he has no culpability is nonsense. Let me tie your arms to your side and bind your legs together and then let me push over over backwards and crack your head on the pavement.
Tazers are meant to be the last resort option to DEADLY force, not the first resort option of lazy fat out of shape idiots! This was not remotely a deadly force situation, and a woman is dead thanks to an idiot. The fact that tazin would be “proper procedure” in such a situation, speaks volumes about the police district this fat ass works in. They and he are going to pay out big time and rightly should.
I wouldn’t lose one second of sleep if it was my taze that dropped her. Hope the estate can repay the person whose car she hit and ran from.Hope also that she hadn’t reproduced yet
Facts of Life:
Bad things happen to bad people.
Good things happen to bad people.
Bad things happen to good people.
Good things happen to good people.
If this girl was not abusing drugs this “bad thing” would have never happened to her.
Turn down the GRAVITY!!! .....HELLO!!!
Bullcrap. This was not a violent felon evading a felony arrest. He is too fat to run 50 feet. And she was handcuffed! Amazing how people back almost any action stupid cops make. FReepers should know better.
No one punished her with this. She caused it.
Watch the video, he was maybe 3 feet behind her when he tased her, he’s a fat lazy ass who frankly has no business being on the force IMHO.. If you can’t cover 3 feet between you and a 90 lbs woman and pull a tazer in that situation, you are a flat out disgrace. I don’t care what the review board says.
Based on that video, the review board was just protecting the thin blue line, nothing more. I truly hope this guy is absolutely fiscally destroyed in the courts and never allowed to wear a badge other than maybe mall guard again.
He should have blown her head off with his sidearm. This is the kind of trash that needs to be taken out.If it had been an illegal immigrant that committed the hit and run, you’d be screaming for their head on a pike.The cop has my support
Welcome to the US; comply or die. Poor broad wasn’t even armed.
Screw you. I served my country in uniform. "Weak" is what this stupid fat douchbag "cop" was - too weak, fat and lazy to pursue a 90 lb female skeleton who was handcuffed. He is a disgrace to his force - and they all know it, believe me.
Welcome to the world of 2012. When I grew up (the 50’s) cops had to be at least 5'10’ and fit a weight profile. Generally they tended to be bigger than this. As a kid I remember walking downtown with my Mom and thinking that they must get giants to be cops. Ditto for firefighters who all tended to be large and fit.
But this doesn't allow us to be ‘inclusive’ and ‘open’ and provide ‘opportunity.’ Wait till you see a 5 foot nothing Hispanic female, almost as wide as she is tall, waddling around in a police uniform. Must really strike fear into the hearts of the criminals when she yells, “halt this is the police.”
Once upon a time fire fighters had to carry something like a 90 pound dummy down a ladder to simulate a rescue. There was a guy in our neighborhood who was from a family of fire fighters (Dad and two older brothers). He couldn't pass the carry test and therefore broke the family tradition. Now we have fire fighters that are more likely to need rescuing themselves than rescue anybody else.
But we are “inclusive.” Remember that the next time you're assaulted or trapped in a burning building. At least the person that's NOT helping you can be of any color, size, gender, or sexual orientation!
Neither do I.
This fat creep has no business being a police officer.
I'd go further, he should be fired and prosecuted, and the commonplace use of tasers by police should be strictly curtailed.
I could be wrong, but I think shooting suspects in the back leads to a murder charges.
This girl was 5 feet in front of this cop. He’s 100 lbs overweight so I guess he figured, “why get sweaty with a run”? He was catching up to her. Just seems to me that this wasn’t so much “Excessive” as it was “lazy”.
She put handcuffs on herself, stunned herself senseless then bashed her own brains in.
Pills would have been easier.
This guy literally only had to take a step or two!! you can see him slowing down to tazer her and never even tried to run... This is dispicable, and the review board that said it was okay is corrupt and just as liable.
I truly hope this guy, and the district he works for are ruined economically in the courts!
Tazers are not intended to be a replacement for doing your damned job! This suspect was no physical threat to him therefore did not need tazed to be subdued like a large raging person on drugs might be, and was certainly not a situation where deadly force may have been justified and a non lethal option attempted. This was clearly an abuse of power, and manslaughter.
OTH, Cops using tasers have been responsible for many deaths and injuries considering that the taser is supposed to be a non deadly response tool.
Many more hit and run perps have killed innocent people while fleeing the scene of their first crime than will ever die from a taze. It’s standard practice now to flee from any little circumstance and endanger the population at large. High speed chases should be punishable by long sentences or even death
The cop engaged in Manslaughter pure and simple, he was too lazy to cover what was less than 3 feet between him and handcuff suspect attempting to run. His arm was literally less than 3 feet from her when he fired the tazer. This guy committed manslaughter pure and simple.
He’ll get away with it because the review board is covering his ass, but make no mistake this guy committed manslaughter and I hope that him and the district he works for are fiscally ruined in the courts!
Just because you are a cop does not give you a pass.
Oh, that's different...nevermind.
This is the problem I have with ‘non lethal’ weapons.
Did this woman do anything that would have warranted deadly force? Or even pulling a pistol out of a holster?
As far as I can tell - no.
So why use a taser on her? I understand she was running...but that doesn’t threaten the officer’s safety. Sure, she might have gotten away (although I doubt it). But, would the officer have pulled out his pistol and shot her, to prevent escape? No way.
These tasers in particular are mis-used. They should not be used to ‘catch’ people...or prod them out of cars...or force people to ‘comply’. They are a weapon...and the police should only use weapons on we the people, if we physically threaten them.
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