Not since the infamous Carl Eller “garage” incident back in 2008 has it taken so much electricity to bring down a single human being.
According to police reports Fernando Diaz, a redshirt freshman lineman for the Panthers who was trying to work his way back on the team, had to be Tasered a record-tying four times before he would comply. Oakland, CA officers say that they first came across the 6’2″ 280 lb Diaz as he was standing in the middle of the street, yelling at someone in a nearby parking lot. Diaz didn’t move as the police cruiser got closer and reportedly shouted, “What the [expletive] are you going to do, hit me?” Bad move big guy.
Another Pitt player on the scene tried to get Diaz to calm down and quietly accept his public drunkeness citation, but of course that didn’t work and the battle with cops began.
Officers tried to cuff him, but only got one wrist locked before Diaz reportedly broke free. Not wanting to spend an extended amount of time wrestling or boxing with an extremely strong drunk, officers then took out the “Drunk Jock Control Device of Choice”, aka the Taser. Unfortunately for them, the first three jolts were not enough to get Diaz to calm down, but he did finally respond to the 4th blast.
In the end Mr. Diaz will be charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, underage drinking and–our favorite–obstruction of a highway. We’re pretty sure he’s the first jock we’ve reported on that has been hit with that charge.
Since Diaz was already in trouble with the football team for an earlier incident, we’re thinking that he might be playing football elsewhere this fall, possibly for the Califonia Corrections Department Team.
Minnesota Viking Everson Griffen was pulled over by the LAPD & when his license turned up invalid, Griffen declared that “he did not want to back to jail” & made a run for the border. Not really sure how effective that tactic would be since the police already had his ID & knew who he was but I digress … after the po po ran him down, the feisty former USC standout grabbed for the man parts and that’s when the Tasers came out to play. (Below, video of the infamous “Don’t Tase Me Bro!” incident. We can only assume Griffen cried out like that as well.)
The LA Times has more details:
When one of the officers tried to subdue Griffen, he allegedly grabbed the officer in the groin area, the source said. Moments later, officers used a Taser to subdue him, the source said. Griffen was arrested in 2009 in Massachusetts on suspicion of breach of the peace.
Another “Tasered by Cops” added to our totals for 2010. What makes this story interesting is that the Tasering didn’t take on Bucs linebacker Geno “Come and Get Me Coppers!” Hayes because his clothes were too thick. So, the arresting officer did the next best thing: he ran Hayes down from behind, tackled him and handcuffed the NFL star. On the plus side, we hear that the officer has since been signed by the Detroit Lions.
Here’s more on the story from Reuters:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes was tasered, handcuffed and arrested early Monday morning, charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct at a local nightclub, Tampa police said. According to the arrest report, Hayes became verbally abusive and made threats to club security and police after intervening on behalf of a friend who was turned away from the door of the Blue Martini Lounge for not being properly attired.
When Hayes refused to walk away from the front door, the police officer tried to remove him by shocking him with a stun gun, but the shock did not subdue Hayes because his clothing was too thick, according to the police report. The arresting officer then tackled Hayes, handcuffed the 23-year-old, three-year NFL veteran and took him into custody.
You gotta give it to those English football players, they really do know how to party. Normally, on their birthdays, most guys will go out with the woman in their life, have a nice dinner, a few drinks (maybe a movie) and celebrate in style. But not Michael Ricketts, 32, who used to play for the Bolton Wanderers. No, his idea of a great birthday allegedly including taking his woman to a club, then–for some reason–calling her a “f****** c***”, then taking her outside, throwing her against a car, followed by a good ol’ fashioned head-butting and a punch to the face . . . as cops watched from a patrol car. Oops!
Ultimately, the Bobbies had to point a Taser at Rickett’s chest to get him to settle down. Not quite a “Tasered by Cops” but close enough for our purposed. Yeah, he went to jail and his beloved appears to be alright, but you can guess that she’ll think twice about going on another date with Mr. Ricketts.
Here’s the bloody details from our favorite UK tabloid, The Sun:
Michael Ricketts, 32, was nicked on suspicion of assault after the row during a night out to celebrate his birthday. Ricketts – capped just once for England eight years ago and without a club now – is accused of calling the blonde a “f****** c***” as they had a drink together at a restaurant.
He then stormed out, followed minutes later by the woman. The row continued and Ricketts allegedly threw her against a car before attacking her and leaving her with a black eye. Two officers, who saw the fight from their patrol car, were forced to point the Taser at Ricketts’s chest to calm him down. Ricketts spent a night in the cells before being charged with common assault yesterday. The victim, 33 – thought to be Ricketts’s partner – was discharged from hospital after treatment for her injuries.
It’s all fun and games until that cop puts that Taser to your neck, isn’t it? For University of Minnesota Duluth football captain Robert Wayne Aurich it started out earlier this month as a good time at a local sports bar when a security guard noticed him “accidentally kicked his shoe off and had a very difficult time trying to put it back on. He said Aurich had a hard time walking. He was staggering and swaying back and forth. He tripped on some more stairs and flung himself forward into a wall.”
A nearby police officer was called and they tried to escort Aurich, UMD’s former team captain, out of the bar. That’s when the fun (and near Tasering) started:
The officer escorted Aurich out of the bar about 1 a.m. Another officer saw Aurich push the officer back toward the door. The second officer said he told Aurich: “You’re under arrest. Put your hands behind your back.”
An officer handcuffed one of Aurich’s hands, but Aurich continued to push both officers, according to the police report. An officer put a Taser in Aurich’s back and told him he would be tased if he didn’t put his other hand behind his back. The football player allegedly said, “I’m a ’baller. I’ll kick your ass.’’ Aurich also allegedly said, “You’re embarrassing me.”
Another officer reported that Aurich said, “Don’t tase me.” The football player also allegedly said, “Do you think you can take me to the ground? I’ll beat you up right now.”
Aurich eventually put his right hand behind his back and was handcuffed by the two officers. However, he continued to push against the officers and use vulgar language. A third officer responded and attempted to place Aurich in a squad car. Aurich said he wouldn’t get in the car and resisted until an officer pushed him hard enough that the officer also went into the car.
For his efforts, Aurich now faces charges of charges of gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct.
UMD football captain arrested after fight with police (Duluth News Tribune)
Ah, they started another homecoming tradition at Williamsport Area High School (PA) this past weekend! It’s called “The End of the Homecoming Dance Brawl”, and organizers even got local police to volunteer their time to come in and Taser some of the winners. To say the least, it was a magical night for many of the students . . . once they were released from the hospital.
Plans are already in place for next year, when not only will the Homecoming King and Queen get to dance together, but they will also get to mace and taser the runner-ups. How nice!
For those of you who don’t understand the ways of today’s younger generation, here’s some details from a statement released by the school district about last Friday’s festivities:
“At 10:28 p.m., during the last song of the dance, two male students engaged in a pushing match. This behavior attracted the immediate attention of several other students. There were students who were attempting to separate the two male students who were engaged in the pushing match, while others were attempting to escalate the situation.
“The DJ immediately stopped the music, the lights came on, and the majority of the students exited the building. “Administration contacted the police, requesting support to assist in dispersing the crowd.
“Once outside, two female students engaged in a physical altercation. This created a large crowd gathering. When the crowd did not disburse, police activated a pepper canister and attempted to use a Taser on a non-compliant student who was involved in the physical altercation.
WASD: Students will be held accountable in homecoming dance melee (Sun Gazette)