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    Teen with Bible tazered by MO Police for no reason, dies

    Teen with Bible Stunned by Missouri Police, Dies

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    A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said.

    In a statement obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, police in Jerseyville, about 40 miles north of St. Louis, said 17-year-old Roger Holyfield would not acknowledge officers who approached him and he continued yelling, "I want Jesus."

    Police tried to calm the teen, but Holyfield became combative, according to the statement. Officers fired the stun gun at him after he ignored their warnings, then fired again when he continued struggling, police said.

    Holyfield was flown to St. Louis' Cardinal Glennon Hospital after the confrontation Saturday; he died there Sunday, police said.

    An autopsy was planned for Tuesday.

    The statement expressed sympathy to Holyfield's family but said city and police officials would not discuss the matter further.

    Calls Tuesday to Jerseyville Police Chief Brad Blackorby were not immediately returned. The department has been using stun guns for about five months, according to the statement.

    In a report released in March, international human rights group Amnesty International said it had logged at least 156 deaths across the country in the previous five years related to police stun guns.

    The rise in deaths accompanies a marked increase in the number of U.S. law enforcement agencies employing devices made by Taser International Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz. About 1,000 of the nation's 18,000 police agencies used Tasers in 2001; more than 7,000 departments had them last year, according to a government study.

    Police had used Tasers more than 70,000 times as of last year, Congress' Government Accountability Office said.

    Amnesty International has urged police departments to suspend the use of Tasers pending more study. Taser International said the group's count was flawed and falsely linked deaths to Taser use when there has been no such official conclusion.

    The city of St. Louis also drew unwanted attention for crime this week when it was named the most dangerous U.S. city by Morgan Quitno Press. The ranking looked only at crime within St. Louis city limits, not its metro area.

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    Resisting police makes Jesus angry!
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    They gave him what he wanted...isnt that community policing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Duty View Post
    Resisting police makes Jesus angry!
    LOL. I'll have to use that one day.

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    OK lets see.........................He was combative and wouldn't listen to the officers.

    He was tased on Saturday but dies on Sunday???


    And he asked several times that he wanted to be with Jesus.



    Ok I see this as a justified use of Teser, he died of something else than the Taser becusr to much time elapsed, and the Police gave him what he wanted.


    So what the hell is the problem here people!?!?!?
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    maybe he should have been looking up Romans 13 in that Bible:

    Romans 13
    Submission to the Authorities
    1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

    ....so there you have it! whats the problem here?
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    I wonder if they're going to try and blame the taser for the wackadoo's behavior before he actually got hit? Could it have been... Satan?? ( to the Church Lady) Or was it more likely whatever psychotropic he was on that would have killed him anyhow?
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    Sounds to me like he died from a terminal attack of the dumb-shits.


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    This took place in Jerseyville Illinois 40 miles NE of St Louis.The very edge of the St Louis Metro East area. Due to a gag order that is all that I can say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deputy2400 View Post
    They gave him what he wanted...isnt that community policing?
    That is what I was thinking as well. lol
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