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Man Tased Three Times For Resisting Arrest After Jaywalking (Video)

Man Tased Three Times For Resisting Arrest After Jaywalking (Video)

 

A video surfaced on the internet this month that shows the tasing and arrest of a man accused of jaywalking. The incident, which occurred in Casselberry, Florida, started simply enough. The video initially shows the two male police officers approaching Zikomo Peurifoy in a parking lot next to a chain business and some parked cars.

The officers ask for Peurifoy’s identification and inform him that he had crossed the road against the traffic signals. Peurifoy retorts with the question, “Did anyone get hurt?”

The police officers continue to ask for the man’s identification numerous times and he continues to ask them why they want his identification. Peurifoy’s companion, the woman who filmed the entire video, Noelle Price, repeatedly demands that the officers inform their supervisors of the situation.

The situation becomes extremely intense after a few minutes of this repetitive conversation when one of the officers pulls out a taser and holds it to his chest. Peurifoy keeps saying, “Do not hurt me.” The officers eventually tase Peurifoy three times and handcuff him after he falls to the ground in the wake of the third application of the taser gun.

The Daily Mail reports that both Peurifoy and Price were arrested and charged after the incident, Peurifoy for resisting arrest and battery of an officer, Price for resisting arrest and carrying a concealed weapon. Price was allegedly and illegally carrying a handgun, pepper spray and brass knuckles.

Officers for the Casselberry Police force have stood by their actions. Police Captain David Del Rosso believes that the officers were doing their job very competently, stating in a report by the Raw Story, “The officers were polite the whole time through and gave good verbal commands…You hear the officer saying why he stopped him.”

The New York Daily News reports that the video may be used as a training implement in the police force in order to show new officers how to handle situations like this one. The biggest question looming over this incident is how necessary the use of a taser gun was for a peaceful resolution to this situation.

Peurifoy was legally carrying a loaded gun but it is unclear if the officers were aware of the weapon. He did not appear to be acting out violently or attempting to use the weapon against the officers. In fact, he looked fearful of what they might do to him. Although this situation was tense and uncertain, taser gun protocol remains a touchy subject. When is it appropriate to apply high voltage to a human body? What actions or reactions necessitate the use of such a weapon and in which scenarios?

 

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9:49PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

sorry, meant to say "ironically, the one being injured here is caused from the protectors of that law." I don't been to overgeneralize the situation, but it fits right into a classic case where police are arresting a person of colour.

9:47PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

this is a power struggle, classic case from a social and racial studies class. i can understand both sides. for the cops: it's about dominance and power struggle. They asked for ID and they're not getting it. in reality, is it really necessary to taser someone 3 times just to get id or just becuase they jay walked? no, but in a power struggle over a black man this is what happens. for a coloured person facing police - most of them know that police aren't there to protect them; they're there to protect the system for which coloured people are often considered outliers, so coloured people get defensive for very real reasons. this is just another situation that proves their reasons for defensiveness (witholding id) right. the whole point of jaywalking being illegal is to protect the citizens from getting killed by passing cars; ironically, the one being injured here are the protectors of that law.

6:32PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

I really don't see anything wrong, the person was clearly jaywalking as mentioned in the video and that is enough justification to ask for an ID. You can be fined for jaywalking, when the person did not offer an ID did he think they where just going to leave him alone, they don't know who he is and they need to establish why he is getting agitated about something as trivial as showing his ID. In that case, I feel they where arresting him on probable cause, in case he had a warrant for his arrest or something.

Its like someone being stopped for speeding, and not wanting to show his ID, but not wanting to give up the car either.

In any case, Peurifoy was getting arrested and he resisted which led to him being tased, except he was given ample warning about being tased. The women, Price, just made things worse by telling her boyfriend not to obey and just escalating the situation.

I see why this video would be used to train, specially with the weapons Price had. A gun that was unlicensed and brass knuckles.

1:17PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

The police have the legal right to require identification from anyone at anytime in every U.S. state for any reason. They also have the right to detain a person until they can determine his/her identity. All the man had to do was produce a valid I.D. or offer to take the officers to his car or home to get his I.D. If a person doesn't have a photo I.D. , typically 2 forms of other I.D. with the same name will suffice. All of the shouting suggests that the man thought he knew the law but in fact he did not. If the police direct you to show I.D., do it. If they say they are going to ticket you for jaywalking, politely follow their instructions and accept the citation with dignity. A courtroom is where you argue your case, not on the street. In addition, there are often reasons why folks don't want to be identified such as outstanding warrants although I have no knowledge that was the case in this instance.

9:28PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

it is stupid to try to get info for some one jaywalking. It is plain mean to taser some one for not showing ID when they ask why. I am thinking this couple did protest to much but not to be tasered. My opinion is police need to turn in the tasers now. They all acted pretty stupid to me.

3:47PM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

These situations likely happen to countries under dictatorship and this is exactly what has become of the USA. It used to be such a beautiful place to live, full of opportunities and friendly people but that was the pre-WBush era. Now the fear is palpable in the air and nothing makes sense anymore. Pity.
Comply? To what? Some wannabe Rambos on a power trip who have less brains than a chicken? For what? Jaywalking? It's completely absurd.
I've never been stopped for jaywalking, but then again, I don't live in the US - thankfully!

5:17PM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Yes, you're all right. Cops should just walk away anytime anyone doesn't do what they say. Poor innocent guy just wanted to- oh what? They were carrying weapons?? Weird....
If you all would read a little into this rather than jumping all over the cops just because they are cops, you would know that they didn't Taze him for jaywalking- they did it because he was failing to obey commands and escalating what would have been a simple, quick contact. Nazis?? Honestly man, have you ever even been to Germany?? What do you think the people who lived through the Holocaust would think of you making such an ignorant comparison? Do not ever second guess a situation like this unless you were present. Cops don't fuss about how you teach, do accounting, build bridges, or sit in your comfy offices all day, maybe you should stop telling them how to do their job.

4:32AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

C'mon folks sing along:

Nazi time, Police State time, trala, la, la, la, laaaa.

If you want to be untouchable in the US get yourself a uniform and a badge.

It's cartoon time guys, let's play the heroes.

No wonder amricans are flipping out and killing people, just like that maniac in the movie theater yesterday.

9:53PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

@ Debra G., Past Member, Mary G., et al.....Theses people are far from being idiots and simply asserting basic common law practices. State statutes do NOT apply to "persons of interest", or sovereign people. They only apply to commercial law, which apply to persons, but persons in this sense means can mean any entity, corporation, organization, business, or your official state "person" if you decide to give up your jurisdiction to these police. Our court system is currently based on maritime law, and that law is "commercial". You have to have a contract willingly entered into by both parties. Otherwise you need to use a court of record, or common law, to be charged with a crime. And that means having harmed in any way another people or his/her property. The guy who got tazered and his female companion are in their complete rights to demand justification for the police harassing them or it is indeed a FALSE arrest. And these people have plenty of evidence now to sue these police officers individually for assault as a sovereign people, but not as a police officer. We have been so brainwashed that we think the current police state is the way it should be. But please read the federalist papers and the declaration of independence. We, the sovereign people, give the government their power, not the other way around. They cannot usurp power that has not been given them. I hope these people sue and win!

7:52PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Anyone wonder why the Florida cops were so warm and helpful to Zimmermann after he shot and killed the black youth Trayvon Martin? Now we have two Florida cops tasing what appears to be a black man three times for jaywalking? What happened they were out of bullets? Wasn't there something better they could be doing with their time, intolerance and anger? You know tossing babies on bonfires or punting puppies.

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