Police Stun Gun Kills Teen With BibleOct 31 8:42 AM US/EasternA 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.
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.
Let me give you some background info: he's bipolar, been in and out of juvy/jail/mental institutions for years, but he's also a good kid. He's just got a mental problem. So he has a record and is immediately discriminated. People are biased against him.
Last night sometime, he was sitting on the corner by walgreens, clutching his bible and screaming for jesus. A cop pulled up and asked what was wrong, after he refused to answer for a while the cop tased him. The kid then started screaming more and obviously freaked out a bit. The cop continued to tase him. More cops arrived due to a call for backup and the fact that 4 witnesses freaked at the constant tasing and called the police thinking it would help. It didn't. Approximately 5 tasers total were shot at the kid and then voltage was repeatedly sent through his body. Even after they had gotten him handcuffed.
The kid went into cardiac arrest. That means your heart shuts down. For nearly an hour he was legally dead. He was revived and now has permanent brain damage. Last I heard it wasn't declared so, but all the doctors were positive that he was Brain Dead, which means your brain is, well, dead and your body is still living...for now.
The police in Jerseyville killed a kid who did nothing wrong, except for to scream for jesus to save him.We don't know which cops did it, which cop started it...but we will find out. And they WILL be punished. And if there is a hell, they will burn in it.