Even More Taser Trauma

Every week more horrible Taser stories surface (see earlier posts on the subject here and here). The victims this time were an 11-year-old girl and a 59-year-old man suffering from an obvious medical condition. The latter died.

Orlando’s WFTV.com reports:

An Orange County deputy said she had no choice but to shock an 11-year-old girl with a Taser on Thursday morning in an elementary school classroom. Deputies said it was to stop a violent temper tantrum.

The girl at Moss Park Elementary punched the deputy in the nose so hard the deputy went to the hospital. While an 11-year-old shocked by a Taser sounds extreme to some parents, other parents told Eyewitness News the girl deserved it.


As for the man who was murdered, the Topeka Capita-Journal reports:

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employee Marc Luetje said he watched Saturday as a female Shawnee County sheriff’s deputy tased his co-worker Walter E. Haake Jr. three times.

“They had his keys, where was he going to go?” asked Luetje, who had worked with Haake for about 10 years.

Haake, 59, of Lawrence, who goes by “Ed,” was pronounced dead at 12:37 a.m. Sunday.

Luetje was one of the employees [that witnessed the scene]. In a phone interview Wednesday, Luetje said Haake had fallen down some steps at home earlier Saturday and sustained a head injury. He arrived for work at 11 a.m.

Luetje said he saw Haake at about 10:45 p.m in the break room surrounded by Goodyear first-responders. Luetje later saw Haake walking along a hallway.

“I said, ‘Come on Ed, let’s get some help,’ ” Luetje said, who added that Haake refused his offer. “He barely said anything. He was sweating a lot and walking funny. He was hunched over to the right and was taking labored steps.”

So they shocked him in his car and killed him.