Deaf, disabled senior citizen on bicycle deemed threat by police, tased to death for not hearing cop

I stole the Gawker headline because it says what needs saying.

I’ve never met a country more in need of Daddy’s protection than Right Wing Nation, the country that writes the rules for how America is governed. And what better Daddy than the cop on the beat.

Here’s what cops get to do:

[C]an someone explain to me why Officer John Turner of Scotland Neck, North Carolina’s police department felt the need to use a [taser] on an 61-year-old, disabled man with a hearing impairment who was riding down the street on a bicycle? Because that man is now dead.

The call came on Monday night, and it made mention of a man who had fallen off his bicycle and injured himself in a parking lot. So Officer Turner pulled up to the scene, and found Roger Anthony — a local fixture who people call “Rabbit” because he had big ears — rolling down the street on his bicycle. Turner followed Anthony in his patrol vehicle, sirens blaring, and ordered him to pull over. Anthony didn’t respond.

Williams said Turner then saw Anthony take something out his pocket and put it into his mouth. At that time, Turner got out of the car and yelled for Anthony to stop. When Anthony didn’t stop, the officer used a stun gun on him, causing him to fall off of his bike.

Cops get to do anything they want to achieve “control” of any situation. Anything. Even kill you.

Doubt me? Ask a cop. (You cops in the comments, say it isn’t so.)

So here’s what “Rabbit” did — He ignored an order to stop, he took something that could have been drugs or a weapon out of his pocket, and he put something into his mouth. He got a second yelled order to stop and he didn’t. So the cop killed him with a non-lethal weapon.

Did I mention he was black in one of the Carolinas? Click the link.

And folks, it’s all good, because Daddy followed procedure. (Really, he did.)

So who wrote and approved that procedure (and does so every day)? Right Wing Solid Citizen. Someone who really really needs big strong Daddy to make him or her feel safe, because Right Wing Solid Citizen is as frightened and pathetic a creature as you could imagine.

Right Wing Solid Citizen wants you naked at the airport and quaking before police. And we live in his country (until someone kicks him out of the driver’s seat).

GP


Gaius Publius is a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States. Click here for more. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius and Facebook.

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  • Kim

    The person who called in the report which lead to Mr. Turner going to find Mr. Anthony said that a person (Anthony) appeared drunk and had fallen off his bicycle. Has anyone given a thought to perhaps when he fell off bicycle the first time that the injury occured and that lead to his death. I sincerely hope that this is brought up to the jury when Mr. Turner goes to trial, because this to me, is reasonable doubt. The fatal injury could have occured either when he first fell off his bike and a report was called in or when he fell of after being tased. Another thought is that Turner obviously thought the man was ignoring him (he didn’t know Anthony was deaf), when he saw him pull something out of his pocket and put it in his mouth, he could have easily assumed that the man was trying to get rid of some sort of illegal drug, especially since the called in report said that Anthony appeared to be drunk. (The appearance of being drunk could certainly be mistaken for someone who is under the influence of drugs.) I feel sympathy for the family of Mr. Anthony, but if he was deaf and suffered from seizures, he really shouldn’t have been riding a bicycle in the first place.

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