As you know, I have been tracking the Taser Torture of black folks for going on two years, through the blog Tasered While Black. Well, I tell yah, this issue of tasering is getting bigger than just white cops Tasering Black folks alone. On 12.4.09 we plan to have a international conversation about the issue. http://bit.ly/klxXF
I know your asking yourself, Why Are Cops Tasering Grandmothers, Pregnant Women and Kids?
Who got tased this time?
Well, this time the police were called by the alleged suspect at 10:02 p.m. about a home invasion on Trousdale Avenue. En route to the scene, police encountered Jeffrey C. Woodward, 33, of Old Hickory. According to police, Woodward was walking down the street carrying a knife. After surrendering the knife, Woodward reportedly told officers that someone was holding his mother in her house against her will.
Upon investigation, Woodward’s mother was found to be OK, resulting in police arresting Woodward for filing a false report.
As officers attempted to arrest Woodward, police say, he began to fight with officers, resulting in a Taser deployment. Woodward, who was approximately six feet, four inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, was brought to the ground and handcuffed before jumping to his feet and running away, police said.
Police said Woodward threw himself onto the hood of a K-9 Unit patrol car before he was taken into custody once more.
It was soon after that that police believed Woodward was suffering from a medical problem and called for an ambulance.
Woodward was transported from the scene to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where he died soon after.
Get this, Police are unsure where Woodward was shot with the Taser. More HERE
AAPP: This is one of the many reasons we are having a day of blogging to Stop Taser Torture on December 4, 2009.
12.4.09 http://bit.ly/klxXFNeighbor witnessed arrest
As reported in the local newspaper, Tennessean.com, Shawn Hill, 22, of Gallatin, said he was trying to get a little extra sleep Tuesday night before going to work, hitting the snooze button on his alarm clock when he heard a struggle outside.
Stepping out of his home, Hill said he witnessed the struggle between Woodward and police.
Hill said he watched as Woodward ran from the police and dove onto the hood of a police car.
“All I could hear was tick tick tick tick tick (the sound made by the Taser). That was when he was on the ground.”
Hill said Woodward’s mother pleaded with officers not to kill him. He said Woodward himself was also yelling.
“He was yelling, ‘Help me, help me,’” Hill said. “I won’t ever forget that.”
Hill said that police deployed the K-9 unit against Woodward after he jumped onto the hood of the patrol car and was taken to the ground by several officers.
“While he was on the ground, they let the dog out to get on top of him,” Hill said.
Storment said a K-9 was there, but as of Wednesday afternoon, Storment was unsure whether a K-9 dog made contact with Woodward.
While police are investigating what happened, Storment said he doesn’t believe any charges will stem from the investigation and that they have no reason to believe the officers used excessive force.
Hill, however, disagrees.“For somebody to die, you did too much,” he said. More HERE
Don't to join us at an annual event called, “Stop Taser Torture, blogging for Justice.” held of December 4th of each year. This year will be the 2nd annual “Stop Taser Torture – Blogging For Justice Day.” We want to expand the discussion on the issue of tasering and how the issue threatens us all. Our goal is to unite the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day – Taser Torture in America, Canada and throughout the world. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion. Have a question? Need additional information? Want to participate? Register via email: StopTaserTorture@gmail.com