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The moment handcuffed woman, 20, was left brain dead after being Tasered for trying to escape police ^ | 2-21-12 | Lee Moran

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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TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: brain; crime; drugs; taser; tasered
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To: montag813

Of course if he had chased her down and tackled her, we’d be seeing the abuse article about excessive force.

81 posted on 02/21/2012 8:46:42 AM PST by mykroar (Facts are racist.)
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To: rawhide

First, running away in handcuffs is just stupid. She could have just as well tripped and fallen and be in the same condition without the Taser. She is the one most at fault for her condition.

However, as there was police involvement in the severe injury of a handcuffed, unarmed prisoner the department needs to make changes to prevent this happening again.

The first change is minimum fitness requirements for all officers. The officer in this case reached for his Taser first because he was not fit for a foot pursuit. Make sure all officers can lift a minimum weight and run sprints and the mile within minimum times with full gear. This poor slob could barely keep his pants up at a jog.

Second, restrict the use of Tasers on handcuffed runners. They are not a threat as long as they are running away and they probably aren’t going to get far. As if the stun of the Taser isn’t bad enough, the handcuffs limit their ability to catch themselves as they fall they are much more likely to suffer severe injury like this girl did. Tasers are not a harmless way of stopping someone, so police need to stop behaving like they are.

82 posted on 02/21/2012 8:47:15 AM PST by Flying Circus
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To: Figment
Hit and run is not a violent crime?


83 posted on 02/21/2012 8:48:36 AM PST by ontap
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To: ontap

Cause: a fat cop shot 50,000 volts into a citizen.
Effect: Citizen died.

84 posted on 02/21/2012 8:48:40 AM PST by DManA
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To: montag813
I mean do we no longer require cops to EVER pursue a suspect on foot?

So (Devil's advocate here), say he chases her on foot, catches up, grabs her by the shirt collar and pulls her to the ground (visualize the "horse collar" tackle now penalized in football). The same head injury could result. There was no intent to injure or kill, it just happened. Should we be demanding the cop's head for catching her?

Or, if during the chase she missed a step and crashed headfirst onto a concrete curb, would the cop be wrong for having chased her in the first place?

No, she did not deserve a death sentence, but in this life, s*it happens, and more frequently when one does stupid things.

85 posted on 02/21/2012 8:49:08 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: HamiltonJay
Are you really that stupid? Read my post again. If your reading and comprehension at least reaches 2nd grade level you will see you either misread what I posted or you have me mixed up with someone else. If you stop to think before you post your rants you will stop embarrassing yourself.
86 posted on 02/21/2012 8:49:08 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Zhang Fei

I could be wrong, but I think shooting suspects in the back leads to a murder charges.

Yeah that’s true. Giving her the beating she deserved would have looked bad on the video too. I guess he took his best option in tazing her. Look on the bright side though, she won’t be killing anyone on the road on her next little adventure of driving impaired

87 posted on 02/21/2012 8:49:21 AM PST by Figment
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To: grasshopper2

“The poor young girl in this video”

“The poor young girl” is a freaking druggie who STOLE a car (and hit two cars and fled) and her mother, who just happened to find an attorney to show up on ‘headline news’ with her is SUING. She has been arrested for drug possession and theft herself...

“Cheryl Maudsley, mother of Danielle Maudsley, who has a criminal record that includes charges of drug possession and theft”

88 posted on 02/21/2012 8:50:31 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Figment

Sorry, but you are a fool.

Yes she chose to run, but her running did not kill her. If this cop had pulled a gun and shot her, he’d be up for murder, so don’t give me that the fact you ran means all bets are off and the cops can do whatever stupid thing they want.

This cop literally never even left a TROT, he didn’t even TRY to make an effort to catch her. He chose to be the fat lazy SOB that he is, and taze a woman whom he already had handcuffed, because he wasn’t willing or able to run.

He has culpability here, and if you think otherwise, you are unfamiliar with the law. I am not excusing her decision to run, it was stupid, however that does not justify this fat ass lazy cop deciding to taze a handcuffed woman on concrete who offered no direct threat to him that warranted the use of deadly force, and that is what a TAZER is meant and supposed to be for, an alternate to DEADLY FORCE, not an alternate for putting forth effort.

If a cop could not pull a gun in a situation, he shouldn’t be pulling a tazer in one, and this situation didnt’ remotely warrant the pulling of a gun. This guys and his district are going to face civil action and they are GOING TO LOSE! The review board decided to play CYA and keep the cop from facing Manslaughter charges which he should, but the district and this guy are going to pay out BIG TIME for this action! This guy’s flat out laziness killed a woman, and while he certainly didn’t intend to, his actions did it. Trying to argue he has zero culpability for this, shows flat out ignorance of the law, and honestly if you look at that video and think this guy isn’t a fat lazy ass, then you really do need to visit your optomitrist, he never even bothered trying to run.. a light trot and even then he was less than 3 feet from her, and tazed her.

This is the kind of cop who gives all cops a bad name. The true response to this is to ban fat lazy people from becoming cops in the first place, or firing them when they decide being fat and lazy is more important than being in just rudimentarly physical condition to be able to run down a person in handcuffs who is less than 3 feet from you.

89 posted on 02/21/2012 8:50:39 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Figment

Sorry I misread the post!

90 posted on 02/21/2012 8:50:54 AM PST by ontap
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To: dead
Yes. Thank you.

What a moron, no?

91 posted on 02/21/2012 8:51:17 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: HamiltonJay

“Manslaughter as far as I’m concerned.”

Heck, I agree with you.

But, the officer may be able to hide behind departmental policy on tasers.

And most departments have terrible policies, which allow their officers to use tasers to force citizens to ‘comply’.

They are weapons, plain and simple. Their use should be restricted to situations involving officer safety.

92 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:05 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Flying Circus

A cop who weighs 2X as much as a woman who is already handcuffed loses control of her. That is incompetence.

93 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:08 AM PST by DManA
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To: ontap
The objective truth is that if she had acted responsibly and not tried to escape custody she would be bonded out and getting her next fix by now.


From the article:

"Danielle, who had a suspended driving licence, was arrested earlier that day for allegedly leaving the scene of two traffic accidents."

She had a suspended license and had left the scene of TWO traffic accidents. She was also on two serious drugs, oxycodone and cocaine. I have some sympathy for this woman, but she is more to blame than anyone else for what happened.

94 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:34 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Beowulf9
so this skinny handcuffed woman was trying to escape and the big fat slobby cop who could have caught her and tackled her in 3 secs had to shoot her with the taser?...


but we'll get the typical defenders....

the cops get away with massive abuse of power because we let them...

I think its a perversion...whenever they have their little prey expecially when that prey is female or disabled or alone.....they get their little power trips...

that's why they love to pile on some poor guy and start punching wildly and kicking at his head...perverted power...

we had a big case here where the cops attacked a mentally slow person holding a pepsi plastic bottle....he too was tasered and died 3 days they got their jollies on that one...thankfully, one cop has been convicted although going thru an appeal..

95 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:57 AM PST by cherry
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To: LevinFan
We will criticize fat lazy pigs because we aren’t their subjects....
Really? I would argue that you ARE their subjects. You are scared to death of this cop and others like him. As you sit and criticize this cop you in turn defend the antics of a drug crazed, hit and run, car stealing criminal and are surrendering to the day to day crime that makes the taser a necessary tool in the fight against crime.
This fine police officer - WHO WAS CLEARED OF ANY WRONG DOING (ha ha!) - does not scare me. But then... I'm not into drugs, hit and run, stealing cars, evading arrest, and so on.

96 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:57 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This mean Liberals and/or Libertarians (Same Thing) NO LIBS.))
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To: rawhide

Man, she hit HARD and at just the wrong angle.

I certainly don’t blame the cops but prayers for the girl and her family.

97 posted on 02/21/2012 8:52:57 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: DManA
Cause: criminal decides to evade arrest.
Effect: criminal dies during apprehension
98 posted on 02/21/2012 8:53:56 AM PST by ontap
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To: DManA
"Cause: a fat cop shot 50,000 volts into a citizen drugged up car thief with two hit and runs."
99 posted on 02/21/2012 8:55:17 AM PST by kcvl
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To: trisham


100 posted on 02/21/2012 8:56:43 AM PST by ontap
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