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Montara Dog Walker Shot With Stun Gun Sues National Park Service
The Daily Journal ^ | March 23, 2013

Posted on 03/26/2013 3:59:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A California man is suing the National Park Service and a park ranger who allegedly shot him with a stun gun for being uncooperative about his off-leash dog.

In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, 51-year-old Gary Hesterberg of Montara claims his constitutional rights were violated and seeks $500,000 in damages for the Jan. 29, 2012 incident.

The complaint says Hesterberg was running on a trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area when the ranger warned him about having one of his dogs off-leash.

The suit says the woman hadn’t identified herself as a park ranger when she fired her Taser stun gun at his back as he tried to leave.

Park Service spokesman Howard Levitt said Friday the agency can’t comment the lawsuit. The ranger was cleared of wrongdoing.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; US: California; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: banglist; donutwatch; nationalparks; nodonut; nodount; thugs
This land head been under another jurisdiction and had allowed dogs the week before, but they changed policies without adequately informing people.
1 posted on 03/26/2013 3:59:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Remember, this is YOUR park.


2 posted on 03/26/2013 4:02:00 PM PDT by DManA
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To: nickcarraway

At least she tazed him in the back.

It’s more insulting from the front.


3 posted on 03/26/2013 4:02:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: Salamander

She was cleared of any wrongdoing, so apparently that’s proper NPS policy.


4 posted on 03/26/2013 4:03:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

he had a Don’t tase me Ho momment?


5 posted on 03/26/2013 4:06:28 PM PDT by Autonomous User (The Obama Doctrine: Blame America First.)
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To: nickcarraway

Isn’t it possible that a person might suffer heart failure as a result of being tazed? Should letting a dog run off-leash conclude in a death sentence? This is unbelievable.


6 posted on 03/26/2013 4:07:35 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

Is the dog OK?


7 posted on 03/26/2013 4:08:50 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: nickcarraway

Jeez, a Californian (probably a flaming liberal) vs. the feds. Hard to pick a “dog” in a fight like that. Could we get them to both tase each other, maybe?


8 posted on 03/26/2013 4:20:48 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: nickcarraway

No dogs died during this encounter with the authorities. Could be viewed as a sign of progress.


9 posted on 03/26/2013 4:27:25 PM PDT by centurion316
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10 posted on 03/26/2013 4:29:05 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: trisham

Sorry but offleash dogs are SCARY to people, especially of age. If there is a LEASH LAW...FOLLOW IT!! Idiots....and its always the PITBULL OWNERS or the BIG DOG OWNERS that donlt OBEY LEASH LAWS!!


11 posted on 03/26/2013 4:31:02 PM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: nickcarraway

I can’t wait for the day these petty tyrants start disappearing forever.


12 posted on 03/26/2013 4:33:26 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Ann Archy

You have to understand, the week before the laws were different on that same piece of land. How was this guy supposed to know the rules changed somewhere he walked every day for two years. The government can assault you for not being a mindreader?


13 posted on 03/26/2013 4:40:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

An internal panel of park rangers cleared her of wrongdoing. Surprise!


14 posted on 03/26/2013 4:51:08 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: DManA

Remember, these are YOUR civil servants and they’re here to help you. B#llsh!t!


15 posted on 03/26/2013 4:54:39 PM PDT by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: trisham

More people that the manufacturer’s and police will admit have been killed by the “harmless” taser.


16 posted on 03/26/2013 4:57:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: trisham
No, disobeying the enforcement class may result in the death penalty.

Shun the enforcers.

17 posted on 03/26/2013 4:59:28 PM PDT by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I believe that.


18 posted on 03/26/2013 5:00:16 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lurker

Let’s help start a trend.


19 posted on 03/26/2013 5:00:19 PM PDT by x1stcav (Man up! We're all going to have to become Samuel Whittemores.)
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To: Ann Archy

I have big dogs. I never allow them off-leash anywhere where it is not allowed.


20 posted on 03/26/2013 5:01:38 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Ann Archy

Really? It has been my experience that it the moronic “ their my babies” owners of little dogs that let them go every where off leash. And statistically you are at greater risk of being bit by a little dog over compensating for it’s size than by a big dog! Ask any vet. And what I have seen at dog parks is that 90% of fights are started by little yappers not big dogs!


21 posted on 03/26/2013 5:01:57 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Ann Archy
and its always the PITBULL OWNERS

Do you work for CBS?

If not you should because you are chock full of BS.

22 posted on 03/26/2013 5:04:09 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Ann Archy

By the way, the breed of the dogs involved wasn’t mentioned in this story.


23 posted on 03/26/2013 5:04:14 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham; Eaker

24 posted on 03/26/2013 8:06:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; trisham
LOL!


25 posted on 03/26/2013 8:21:58 PM PDT by Eaker (Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. — Robert A. Heinlein.)
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To: Eaker
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26 posted on 03/26/2013 9:04:25 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lurker
I can’t wait for the day these petty tyrants start disappearing forever.

Read it, Know it, Live it.

27 posted on 03/26/2013 9:17:24 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: nickcarraway

What? And she let the dog go free?


28 posted on 03/27/2013 1:56:42 AM PDT by Terry Mross (This country will fail to exist in my lifetime. And I'm gettin' up there in age.)
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To: DManA

Walk your dog in Montara and there’s no telling what’s gonna happen!!


29 posted on 03/27/2013 2:00:32 AM PDT by djf (I don't want to be safe. I want to be FREE!)
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To: trisham

I have a 60# Australian cattledog that has gone camping with us in Grand Teton NP and visited Yellowstone NP. She has to have her ball-chasing time so that is off-leash. However, I always managed to find a place well away from other dogs and people for the exercise time so as not to give cause for notifying authorities about this rules violation. In camp and at various sites (i.e. Old Faithful), we held to the NPS rules as regards the leash.

Given the SanFran location, I’d say the rangers there are a little more strict and unyielding.


30 posted on 03/27/2013 12:19:34 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Eaker

LOL!


31 posted on 03/27/2013 1:52:08 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

LOL!


32 posted on 03/27/2013 1:52:49 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: T-Bird45

I don’t have a problem with that at all. Our recent/current dogs are/were all well over 60 pounds, and for their safety, when we are off of our property we keep them on leash except when my husband takes them out into deep woods, when he has a training collar that is used for hunting dogs. It has what we call “the con”, a device which can send an audible signal or a pulse (I’ve tried it on myself to determine the strength). Our biggest concern in the woods is that they would try to chase deer and end up miles away. Well, that and ticks.


33 posted on 03/27/2013 2:03:29 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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