I have been reading through the Dakota County Criminal Complaints and came across this one (amended complaint located here) which talks about a motor vehicle accident resulting in death which allegedly involved someone under the influence of alcohol.
I have included the relevant portion of the complaint here in plain text as the links above are PDF:
- The defendant was then transported to the Apple Valley Medical Center for an evidentiary blood draw. At that time, officers had to request assistance as the defendant became verbally abusive and physically aggressive. The defendant refused to stay seated and pushed into the officers, yelling and screaming. When he was physically placed back in the chair, the defendant began to spit and kick at Officer Dahlstrom and was thrashing around in his chair. The defendant was physically restrained into the chair and at one point also tried to head butt Officer Dahlstrom. When threatened with a tazer (sic), the defendant calmed down and sat still.
I’m less interested in why the accident occurred but instead about why the Apple Valley Police Officers were threatening someone, physically restrained in chair, with the use of a taser. With all the recent news articles about those that have died after being shocked with a taser, why are our officers carrying these devices and threatening their use on restrained citizens?