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Police Accused Of Tasering Suspect To Get Urine Sample

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  1. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    ORLANDO, Fla. -- A police officer twice used a Taser stun device on a drug suspect who was restrained to a hospital bed because the man refused to give a urine sample to medical staff, authorities said.
    Antonio Wheeler, 18, was arrested Friday on a drug charge and taken to an emergency room after telling officers he had consumed cocaine, police said.

    Because Wheeler said he had used the drugs, Florida Hospital officials wanted a urine sample. But a police affidavit said Wheeler didn't provide a sample on his own and workers tried to catheterize him.


    The police document said Wheeler was handcuffed to a hospital bed and then secured with leather straps after he refused to urinate in a cup. When medical staff tried to insert a catheter to get the sample, Wheeler refused and began thrashing around, the affidavit said.


    At one point, police officer Peter Linnenkamp noted that he jumped on the bed with his knees on Wheeler's chest to restrain him. Then, when Wheeler still refused to let the catheter be inserted, Linnenkamp said he twice used his Taser, which sends 50,000 volts into a target.


    "After the second shock (Wheeler) stated he would urinate and calmed down enough to be given the portable urinal," Linnenkamp wrote.


    The incident has prompted an internal affairs investigation, Orlando police officials said.


    In a Tuesday interview at the Orange County jail, Wheeler acknowledged that he aggressively resisted efforts to insert the catheter because he was scared the procedure would hurt. He said the police officer told him the catheter would be necessary if he wouldn't or couldn't urinate on his own.


    "I feel I was basically raped," Wheeler said.


    Florida Hospital spokeswoman Samantha O'Lenick could not speak specifically about the Wheeler case but said hospital protocol calls for urine samples whenever patients say they have taken drugs or alcohol.


    Wheeler was being held on $7,500 bail on charges including possession of cocaine with intent to sell, escape and resisting without violence.

    http://www.wftv.com/news/4266952/detail.html
     
  2. camiswelding

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    if the story were true the officer is screwed.....

    you cant taser a fully restrained subject....
    however
    if he was violent enough that the officer felt the restraint would or were breaking you might... and this is a leap... might be able to justify it...

    follow up on this story will you.... Id be interested

    cam
     
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    I don't understand, if they really need a sample why didn't they just take blood?



    Besides, if they tasered him enough wouldn't he involuntarily give up a sample:grin: ?
     
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    They could have wrung one from my shorts after the first shot.
     
  6. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Not necessarily.

    I've been involved in many a battle inside the ER with a drugged up subject and the catheter was inserted sans Taser...................
     
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    Usually a good four point restraint will facilitate the taking of a blood sample.
     
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    Um, I meant the taser might make him squirt a sample out, ya know, shock the piss out of him so to speak.
     
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    Makes some do and makes some not.
     

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