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Tased Bicyclist Faces Trial Friday

Robert Peterson, the man tased in the Kootenai County Courthouse in August, is heading to trial Friday, and said the video he shot without the court's approval will clear his name. Peterson is charged with three counts of battery and one count of contempt of court but is confident video from his camera of the tasing will prove that he's is innocent. He's been out on bail for a few weeks now and is confidant things will go his way. Back in August, Peterson walked into the Kootenai County Courthouse with his camera on. He was there to attend a hearing for riding a bike at night without a light. In Idaho however, you have to get permission from a judge before rolling. Peterson didn't have that/Anusha Roy, KXLY. More here. (KXLY photo)

Question: And this all began with a man riding a bike at night without a light? Thoughts?

Post Falls Police Tase Diabetic Driver

Item: Man having diabetic episode Tased by police:Low blood sugar caused him to be incoherent, police said/Chelsea Bannach, SR

More Info: A driver was Tased today for resisting before police realized he was actually having a diabetic episode. The incident started about 4:45 p.m. when dispatchers got a report of a man driving erratically on Seltice Way in Post Falls, “slow, fast and all over the lane,” said Post Falls police Sgt. Kathy Eshoo. Before an officer caught up to him, the man drove over a porch and clipped the corner of a house, before stopping in the yard, she said. The man was not complying with police orders and was Tased, Eshoo said, but he then began fighting with the officers.

Question: Was this situation handled properly by Post Falls police?

Stabbed man sought after jail no show

UPDATE: Casarez was arrested in Coeur d'Alene on May 20.

A burglary suspect who was injured in a wild fight involving a knife and a Taser is wanted by authorities.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help arrest Jose R. Casarez, 31, who police say was stabbed in the back when he and several others, including Sandra L. Blindauer, 19, forced their way into Blindauer's ex-boyfriend's home and beat him March 17.

Casarez pleaded not guilty to first-degree burglary on April 18 and was to report to the jail for booking by April 22.

He never did, leading to a no-bail arrest warrant on May 3.

At least five others have been charged in the case, which Superior Court Judge Michael Price called “really just an extraordinary situation that could have ended up much worse.”

“But all things considered, it's still pretty bad,” Price said in March.

Casarez, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, last gave a home address in the 3900 block of North Crestline Street in Spokane.

Anyone with information on his current location is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online.

Fatal Police Encounter In North Idaho

A fatal confrontation involving a Boundary County deputy sheriff this morning in North Idaho is under investigation. Details remained sketchy this afternoon, but Boundary County Coroner Mike Mellett confirms that one person is dead following an early morning encounter with a deputy who was responding to an emergency call. Initial reports indicate a Taser may have been involved. Idaho State Police said it dispatched detectives to the scene early today at the request of the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department/Spokesman-Review. More here.

Judge: Suspect ‘lucky he wasn’t shot’

A 20-year-old man who sped through downtown Spokane to escape arrest also avoided being shocked with a Taser in a wild chase that nearly led to police gunfire late Tuesday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Andre R. Hallman was “told he would be shot” if he continued to refuse orders from Trooper R. Hill after speeding through downtown at 60 to 70 mph about 8:50 p.m. and exiting his car at 1921 W. Pacific Ave., according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police say Hallman was trying to open the trunk of his car after repeated orders from Hill to show his hands. He stood up and showed his hands after Hill warned of gunfire, but he refused to lay flat on the ground and ran from Hill when a Taser misfired.

The Taser missed again as Hallman ran onto Pacific Avenue, police said. He was arrested about three blocks away.

“He was lucky he wasn't shot, frankly,” Superior Court Judge Michael Price said at Hallman's first court appearance Wednesday.

Price said the eluding case was “just extraordinary” and called Hallman “a menace to the community” before imposing $25,000 bond.

Three female passengers, ages 18, 17 and 15, were not arrested. Hallman's aunt said he took the car from her without her permission.

Police found an unloaded 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun in the trunk. Hallman is a convicted felon, which means he's prohibited from possessing firearms.

He also had a warrant for first-degree robbery from last October. He was booked on that charge and new charges of attempting to elude police. Charges for the shotgun are pending.

Poll: Taser Cop Didn’t Deserve Firing

  • Tuesday Poll: 90 of 163 respondents (55.2%) voted that former Post Falls police officer Ian Johnson shouldn't have been fired for pretending to use a Taser on a friend while on duty. 61 of 163 respondents (37.4%) support the firing. 12 were undecided.
  • Today's Question: Should Idahoans be allowed to carry concealed weapons without permits?

Taser Incident Leads To Cop Firing

A Post Falls police officer has been fired for pulling a taser on one of his friends while he was on duty.Officer Ian Johnson was fired last month for what his chief termed “bad decision making.”Just before Christmas, Officer Johnson was wrapping up a call for service at River City Physical Therapy. Johnson is a patient there and familiar with the staff and when he saw one of his friends he took the cartridge off his taser and pretended like he was going to stun the employee. The memory chip in the taser shows it was energized for one second but the physical therapy employee was never tasered/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY. More here. (Photo courtesy KXLY)

Question: Should Officer Johnson have been fired, given his track record of outstanding service?

Spokane Region wildlife cops working on shocking angle

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – Electrifying news comes today from the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department:  Some wildlife enforcement officers are doing the preliminary work required to be able to equip themselves with Tasers.

Stay tuned, and  well-grounded.

Trial begins over deputy’s use of Taser

A Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of a number of use-of-force complaints appeared in court Tuesday as a civil trial began by a man who claimed that he was unnecessarily shocked by a Taser during a traffic stop.

Daniel B. Strange, 41, (pictured above) filed a $1.5 million excessive force lawsuit against Spokane County in 2006 after a traffic stop on Jan. 22 of that year in which Deputy Jeff Welton shot Strange with a Taser during a traffic stop in Spokane Valley.

Read Tom Clouse's story here.

Past coverage:

Dec. 6, 2006: Lawsuit seeks $1.5 million for use of Taser

Odd: Yelm Man Tased After Sex Romp

A Yelm man was tased twice on Tuesday morning after a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy interrupted the man having sex with a woman outside of a house in the 14000 block of Vail Cutoff Road. Patrick Bergin, 21, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault shortly after 2 a.m., according to Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain. The deputy spotted the couple having sex in the lawn while responding to a noise complaint at a house on Vail Cutoff Road. More below.

Question: Do you think police officers use their Tasers too much?

WSP: Chism threatened to kill troopers

A Spokane firefighter exonerated in a child pornography investigation two years ago threatened to beat a state trooper “to death” in a confrontation that led to felony charges Friday in Stevens County Superior Court, prosecutors allege.

New court documents show two Washington State Patrol troopers told investigators that Lt. Todd Chism’s anger during the April 6 arrest began after one told Chism he seemed familiar, then erupted into a profanity-laced tirade following a brawl in which he was stunned with a Taser several times. One trooper broke his thumb; another severely injured a hand.

Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen filed the documents Friday when he charged Chism with two felony counts of third-degree assault and two misdemeanors: resisting arrest and being in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Chism, a Spokane Fire Department veteran, has been on paid leave since April 8.

“There were some aspects of this decision that were very unusual,” Rasmussen said. “Certainly the history of Mr. Chism and the things that had happened between him and the state patrol warranted careful examination of the material.”

Chism’s lawyer, Carl Oreskovich, said his client’s version of what happened “is substantially different from the summary we see from the state patrol.”

He emphasized that the charging document “indicates Mr. Chism was cooperative until a second trooper arrived and made reference that he knew who Mr. Chism was.”

Read the rest of my story here

Past coverage: April 9: Firefighter Tasered in DUI arrest

Firefighter on leave after brawl with WSP

A Spokane firefighter exonerated on child pornography charges two years ago is on paid leave again after an apparently violent confrontation with state troopers during a drunken driving arrest.

Lt. Todd Chism was jolted with a stun gun several times after troopers found him trying to drive his truck out of a ditch along Highway 291 about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, said Bob Calkins, a Washington State Patrol spokesman.

Troopers performed field sobriety tests, but Chism “began to more actively resist,” which led troopers to use the Taser, Calkins said.

But the high-voltage jolts had “surprisingly minimal effect,” Calkins said.

Read the rest of my story here.

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