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Posted: 8/1/2005 2:55:55 PM EDT
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"I was furious because it wasn’t that big a deal. Did they have to taser him in front of 5,000 people and kids?" - well....YEAH! You dumbass!

Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

By Gil Brady

8.01.05

Fun turned to stunned just after sundown Sunday when a streaker was "tasered" by cops at the 2005 Demolition Derby.



About 3,400 on-lookers – including families and children – got more than the usual clouds of rodeo dirt and souped-up hot rods ramming into one another when, moments before the winner-takes-all round, a naked man leapt from the stands holding a red fire extinguisher and raced around the rodeo pit, eluding police while attempting to spray fans in the grandstand.

Spectators cheered the nudist as two Jackson Hole police and a sheriff’s deputy gave hot pursuit on foot. They finally took the man down when the deputy fired a taser dart into the streaker’s right shoulder blade.

The tasering provoked catcalls and boos as the nudist quivered and shook before falling and writhing facedown in the dirt for several seconds. As the arresting peace officers lifted and cuffed the naked man’s hands behind his back, urine trickled down the streaker’s front.

This prompted many in the stands to shout the strongest insults at police.

Upon recovering, the exhibitionist acknowledged the crowd with a half-dazed nod before shaking his curly hair defiantly while being escorted off in the buff.

Not to be upstaged by the bare truth below, the derby announcer peered out the sky booth, smiled into his mike, and quipped, "Must be a chilly evening."

An informal poll of eyewitness reactions following the incident found near unanimous disapproval at the tactics of law enforcement responding to the scene, from shock and dismay to genuine outrage.

At a party immediately following the derby, an outraged Kevin McBride asked, "How many Jackson Hole cops does it take to catch a naked man in a rodeo arena? I was furious, because it wasn’t that big a deal. Did they have to taser him in front of 5,000 people and kids?"

"He was shaking, like this," said a bearded man in his 20s who witnessed the tasering, shimmying his shoulders and rolling his eyes for inquisitive friends several hours later at 43 North.

Others, viewing streakers at the Demolition Derby as an expected annual event in itself, questioned what motivated police to act with such force. Some wondered if this year a new moral high bar had been set.

"It shouldn’t be a PG-13 [event]," said Ryan Haworth. "The derby is for adults. However, they made it clear, if you streak you will be punished."

Dave Peters, 23, sitting nearby, said, "It was necessary to make the example, but the taser was excessive."

Georgia Ligori called the actions of the police "excessive" and the use of the taser, "unwarranted."

Ligori continued, "It’s just kids having fun. It was anticipated, it happens nearly every year."

Her friend Kelly Egan told the Planet, "I think for someone who was in no position to use any kind of aggression, it was inappropriate to use a weapon that has in the recent past been lethal. I was overwhelmed by the level of stupidity!"

Egan’s husband, Bruce, 52, a retired economist, said, "If you have kids why bring them to a demo-demolish? Pig-wrestling maybe, but demo derby never."

Egan continued, "Tasing the streaker was bullshit. Who is the guy hurting? In years past, everyone cheered the streaker. This year, they taser a guy. What happened? Young kids will do what they want to do. They don’t have much money, so their 15 minutes of fame is to streak. I’ve seen streakers in my day. I’ve been to Yankee Stadium and World Cup soccer matches, but this is the first streaker I’ve ever seen tasered ... it was police brutality and excessive force."

At post-derby house party featuring loud music and flowing kegs that attracted the attention of police cruisers, Leah Smith shook her head wistfully while reflecting on what she had saw, "He was a true American. Tasering him was pretty lame. The streaker was the essence of the derby."

Her male companion sipped his beer and nodded in full agreement.

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 2:59:18 PM EDT
I don't think that was justified. Tasers are supposed to be used as a non-lethal defensive weapon. Was this man actually trying to assault an officer or anyone else.? It violates nearly every use of force protocol I have ever heard of. If police can taser people for running around nude, we should be able to shoot people who attack us with knives and have it found justified, instead of going to jail because the BG didn't have a gun.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:01:20 PM EDT

Not to be upstaged by the bare truth below, the derby announcer peered out the sky booth, smiled into his mike, and quipped, "Must be a chilly evening."



Now that's COLD!

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:01:52 PM EDT
a fire extinguisher to the head is pretty lethal IMHO
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:05:10 PM EDT
We used to do shit with fire extinguishers in school all the time. Trying to use them as smokebombs and the like, a very juvenile prank and we were never caught because we always got away from the area before school admin could respond. Would that justify having a cop taser me for being bad ? Would a private citizen NOT be in jail if he/she were to taser a streaker ?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:07:22 PM EDT
I bet it was funny to see.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:17:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I bet it was funny to see.



I bet he thinks twice before he does it again.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:21:00 PM EDT
When every problem looks like a nail, you reach for your hammer
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:27:10 PM EDT
As Louis Grizzard once said, "Naked means you got no clothes on. Nekkid means you got no clothes on and you're up to something."
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:45:27 PM EDT



Egan’s husband, Bruce, 52, a retired economist, said, "If you have kids why bring them to a demo-demolish? Pig-wrestling maybe, but demo derby never."


At a post-derby house party featuring loud music and flowing kegs that attracted the attention of police cruisers, Leah Smith shook her head wistfully while reflecting on what she had saw, "He was a true American. Tasering him was pretty lame. The streaker was the essence of the derby."
www.planetjh.com/images/streaker1.jpg



Rednecks....

And ya'll wonder why you get made fun of!

For the record:
1) Pig wrestlin' is ok for kids, but a demo-demolish ain't.
2) A naked adult running in front of children in a demolition derby is the essence of demolishing cars.
3) A naked adult man with his wanker flopping around is being a "true American."

Wow, and I thought that staying clothed, law-abiding, clean and orderly was being a "true American." Now I understand why the Euro's may hate us if this is the ideal "true American."
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 3:55:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bob1984:

Would a private citizen NOT be in jail if he/she were to taser a streaker ?



Are you really that stupid?

Egan’s husband, Bruce, 52, a retired economist, said, "If you have kids why bring them to a demo-demolish? Pig-wrestling maybe, but demo derby never."

Link Posted: 8/1/2005 5:54:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SevilNecrophile:

Rednecks....

And ya'll wonder why you get made fun of!


Hmmm...New Yawkah, eh?! O.k., I'll see your streaker and raise you this:


And this:


Yup! Looks like we dumb hicks could learn a lot from you fellers.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 5:56:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Echo_Hotel:

Originally Posted By SevilNecrophile:

Rednecks....

And ya'll wonder why you get made fun of!


Hmmm...New Yawkah, eh?! O.k., I'll see your streaker and raise you this:
img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/Dwoog34/NewYawkah.jpg

And this:
img.photobucket.com/albums/0603/Dwoog34/ChuckieSchumah.jpg

Yup! Looks like we dumb hicks could learn a lot from you fellers.



She's not ours, she's YOURS. Dummy.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 6:08:41 PM EDT
If he was running from the cops, as I assume he was, I have no problem with him being tazed.

Run from the cops, get tazed. Seems fair to me.

After all, who wants to tackle a nekkid man?
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 6:19:30 PM EDT
Tasers are on the same level of control as pepper spray SOFT CONTROL not a permanant thing after your hit it goes away in a few min pepper spray last hours
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 6:27:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Swillis:
Tasers are on the same level of control as pepper spray SOFT CONTROL not a permanant thing after your hit it goes away in a few min pepper spray last hours



Pepper spray doesn't kill people.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 6:30:41 PM EDT
I wonder who was holding his beer.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 6:32:48 PM EDT
Man! When I clicked on this thread, I was really, REAALLY hoping for a video link.

I love seeing morons getting tazed.
Link Posted: 8/1/2005 6:34:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:
They finally took the man down when the deputy fired a taser dart into the streaker’s right shoulder blade. The tasering provoked catcalls and boos as the nudist quivered and shook before falling and writhing facedown in the dirt for several seconds.



Link Posted: 8/1/2005 7:40:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Daytona955i:

Originally Posted By Swillis:
Tasers are on the same level of control as pepper spray SOFT CONTROL not a permanant thing after your hit it goes away in a few min pepper spray last hours



Pepper spray doesn't kill people.



According to people that were around when OC was intorduced, yes it killed a bunch of people.
After the hysteria died down, the people that died had damaged hearts from chronic drug use or had a lethal drug concentration in their system when they died.

Then it was "hog-tying". Apparently people that were hog-tied, and breathing, who were released and didn't complain of being in distress, nor were signs of distress noted, would suddenly drop dead HOURS after being released from being hogtied. After the hysteria died down, the dead were found to have damaged hearts from chronic drug use, a lethal concentration of drug in their systems, or signifigant mental health issues, that leads to excited delirium.

After intitial hysteria, OC was found to be safe, and hog-tying's danger was greatly over stated. (Not to take away from the possibility of putting a person into a postion where they can't breathe, which WILL kill them, but restraining a person that shows no distress and is released then keels over hours later).

Now the bring out Tasers.............................. gee why does it seem like deja-vu all over again?

50,000 volts, egad. The static electricty discharges a person can get from time to time are up to 200,000 volts. How many people have died from those? Ever grabbed a spark plug wire on a running car? 50,000 volts is the usual rating on an HEI disributor............... how many people have died from grabbing a spark plug wire, or magneto terminal?
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