My heartfelt condolences to Stan’s family and friends, including Tim (a friend of mine). In my opinion the action taken by these police officers amounts to murder. Taser use is supposed to be instead of using guns and when the suspect is a danger to the officers or others. Stan posed no threat to the police yet they tasered him to death. Suspects can be annoying, obnoxious, etc, however, they do not deserve death. ~ Lo
Updated: added a story with a video link and another story, see below
By T.J. GREANEY of the Tribune’s staff
The Columbia Daily Tribune
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Moberly police say DWI suspect resisted.
A 23-year-old Moberly man died today after police used a Taser to subdue him during a traffic stop.
The incident began at 12:30 a.m. when police pulled over Stanley James William Harlan for driving his vehicle erratically in the 500 block of South Williams Street, said Commander Kevin Palmatory of the Moberly Police Department.
While trying to arrest Harlan on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Harlan used physical force to resist, and the arresting officer was able to get only one handcuff on him, police said. Palmatory could not say whether officers conducted a field sobriety test.
h/t: Dan via an email
Man Dies After Police Taser
MOBERLY – Stanley Harlan died after an early morning altercation with Moberly Police.
Moberly Police tasered the 23 year-old twice.
Police said Harlan was resisting arrest for suspicion of drunk driving when an officer tased him.
Police also said Harlan soon became unresponsive and died at Moberly Regional Medical Center around 2 a.m.
Columbia police expect backlash from Moberly Taser incident
August 28, 2008 | 9:08 p.m. CDT
BY CAROLINE EVANS and TRAM WHITEHURST
COLUMBIA – Interim Police Chief Tom Dresner said the department was saddened by the news of a Moberly man’s death after being Tasered early Thursday, calling it a “tragedy all around.” He also said he fully expected a wider backlash against the use of Tasers in Columbia as a result of the incident.
The death comes less than two months after a Columbia man was critically injured after he was Tasered by a Columbia police officer and fell from an interstate overpass. Earlier in July, the City Council had approved the purchase of 40 more Tasers, so the majority of the department’s patrol officers would be equipped with Tasers.