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FINED: Fear of taser nearly causes serious injury to cop

A Virgin Gorda man who reportedly came close to seriously injuring a police officer because of a so-called fear of being stunned with the cop’s taser gun has been found guilty of resisting arrest and failure to comply with an order given by a police officer.

Magistrate Shawn Innocent convicted Shem Samuel last week and fined him $500 on each of the charges.

The offender was ordered to pay the fines in two months or, in default, serve 60 days at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Before his conviction, Samuel testified in court that he knew the feeling of being tased and did not want to experience it again.

“I feared for my life,” said Samuel while recalling the October 2016 incident.

What happened?

The court heard that during a police patrol in the Valley on Virgin Gorda, officers noticed that Samuel was driving without a seat belt and signalled for him to stop. The motorist complied.

When they approached the vehicle, the court heard that Samuel did not want to provide his name and address nor did he want to give the officers his driver’s license.

He was then informed that he was under arrest for the offence of failing to comply with an order given by a police officer.

However, Samuel resisted the two officers who tried to get him out of the vehicle to arrest him.

It was during the struggle, that one officer instructed the other to deploy his taser gun on Samuel to subdue him.

The court heard that Samuel immediately drove off while one officer’s body was still halfway inside the vehicle.

The officer made a quick manoeuvre to avoid serious injury.

Samuel was later arrested and charged.

In handing down his sentence, Magistrate Shawn Innocent described Samuel’s actions as a ‘careless and senseless’ act that could have resulted in the police officer being seriously incapacitated.

He told Samuel that the police were only doing their job and he should not take it personally.

Samuel was not represented in the matter.

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  1. Brad Boynes says:

    Clown @$$

  2. Oh pleaze says:

    Dude, it is best to get tased by a cop than shot by a cop. If you had comply, you would have never got tased. The cop was doing his job.

  3. My 2 cents says:

    When would young people realize that the police is not your enemy. Obey the laws. If stopped by the pool for any reason answer the damn questions! Simple! Take the ticket because you wrong!! If you like throw away your money, disobey the laws then pay for your stupidity!!
    It is called stupid tax!!! Pay up. Why would you disobey the police? Whose a** will end up in jail???
    Common sense people!!!

  4. Hmm says:

    “careless and senseless’ act that could have resulted in the police officer being seriously incapacitated.”

    The man didnt want to be tasered (seriously incapacitated). He avoided being tasered.

    The real problem here is he did not know the law well enough to protect his rights to know what information he needs to provide and what can be kept to himself.

    More education is needed. Some persons do not wan to give up their rights in general, not to mention to confession forging police, who may tase a person and quite possibly knock them about while “seriously incapcitated”.

    The fact a no seat belt incident leads to being tased shows how sociopathic law enforcement veiws regular citizens as objects and enemies.

    The officer does not have to explain the law – that he must have a drivers liscense on the road – to persons breaking it and they wont cause they are petty & already dehumanize/demonize citizens under umbrella of just doing their job.

    They love to let a situation escalate, they feel powerful when they get to use physical force.

    Big bad confession forging force.

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