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Watch As Florida Police Tase Elderly Man With His Hands Up

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Key West, Florida–  A shocking video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday shows an elderly gentleman with his hands up, posing no risk or threat to the officers, get tased in front of horrified witnesses.

The video, taken by a witness who was with his family on their way to Key West, shows officers yelling at people to get out of their vehicle.  The elderly man exits the passenger side and an officer grabs and twists his arm.  Another officer comes around to the other side of the vehicle yelling “let him go.”  As the officer lets go, the man puts his hand back in the air, and the second officer tases him for no reason.

The man drops to the ground as the witnesses gasp in horror and question whether or not he is alive, noting that his body is limp.

“I hope we don’t get harassed because I’m recording this,” the man filming states before turning off the camera.

It is a sad shame that the mistrust of police is so high, rightly, that we cannot even feel safe to film their wrong doing.

Florida officers have a deadly history of taser deployment. In December, we conducted an investigation into the death of Charles Elmers. Video from the officer’s taser captured officer Gary Lee Lovette bragging about stomping a man into the sand as he tasered his head.

We often ask “why didn’t that cop use a taser instead of his gun?” However, it is important to remember that while a person is less likely to die from a taser shock than a gun shot, they are still an often fatal weapon, and should be treated as such.  This man was posing no threat to the officers and this use of potentially lethal force is horrific and unjustifiable.

According to Amnesty International, between 2001 and 2008, 351 people in the United States died from being shocked by police tasers. Electronic Villiage has documented another 283 taser-related deaths in the United States from 2009-2014. That means there have been at least 634 documented taser-related deaths in America since 2001.  You can view the list here.

There are 50,000 volts of electricity that shoot out of a police issued Taser and into their target.  The American Heart Association has been vocal about the fact that tasers can cause cardiac arrest and death. Naturally, the elderly are more susceptible to these risks. There is no excuse for the officers playing roulette with this man’s life.

If anyone has any details on this incident, and most importantly the condition of this man, please contact us at [email protected]

  • Bad Karma

    So when officers are aggravated over a suspects non compliance be it a mental illness or drunk behavior, I guess its justified for them to use a force or in some cases deadly force. However when another person would provoke an argument with another person and that person kills them be cause its an aggravated situation it called aggravated assault or aggravated murder! Cops are supposed to be trained to deal with aggravating circumstances. They are supposed to be protecting and serving. They are not to be beating the shit out of drunk women or people with mental illnesses. They are not to be shooting people with tasers / guns when their hands are up or trying to comply. They are not to be throwing them to the ground and kicking them or punching them because maybe they are afraid of lost doughnut time. Don’t like my comments then start honoring your oath to protect and serve. Because buddy i have a mountain of data and someday just maybe their might be a nationwide man hunt on police who do abuse their position of public trust. Systematic failure by the system to actually do its job of protecting and serving the public. I was all against Obama and Hilarity but maybe they might be on the right track. Take out the actual threat to society. Ya people need to step up and promote positive behavior amongst ethnic groups and guide those who are making the wrong choices to the correct choices. A little bit of sense can help steer even the most wayward individual to the correct path.

    Why am i so pissed and will never stop. A piece of shit pulled a knife and came at me with it extended and i defended myself and was charged with fighting. I didn’t kill him nor put him in the hospital. I only defended myself by disarming him and slamming his ass up against the wall locker. The same piece of shit that i stuck up for and tried to help many times before. I complained many times to staff about his actions and they just said to handle it. Did they offer to move him to someone else, no. They failed to protect me yet when it escalated they then charged me to cover their asses. Oh this individual made up a story we were fighting over some bar whore. About 25 years later were supposedly fighting because i pulled his hair and he had just woke up. We were soldiers how much hair could he have had. A liar never keep the same story it consistently changes. So I don’t ever want to hear an officer is just protecting himself. I don’t ever want to here CPS is just doing their job. CPS removed me at 10 months old and placed me in hell from 17 years then allowed that monster to manipulate me as well as the case faker to get emancipated and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Both agencies are full of shit. A mountain of data in the wrong hands will most def bring human rights charges from the UN and maybe sanctions on America worldwide. Fuck with me I dare you! You low life lying pieces of shit. Karma will def be brought someday! Expect me!

  • Dean

    Cops are trained to yell “Stop Resisting” so it will justify any of their actions from that point on.

    • Jacob Sever

      I feel like if we ever see this happening, it should be our duty to scream even louder back “HE’S/SHE’S NOT RESISTING”. Let their body cams pick that up.

  • Asura 02

    yeah american cops are famous worldwide for their courage and professionality
    lol

  • marlio

    That man was NOT RESISTING!!! Both these policeman need to be fired!!!!