Mike Williams' 03.23.06 local cop news
Oregon: Man Dies after Police Use Taser. Witnesses say the 46-year-old white male was yelling, speaking gibberish, foaming at the mouth and running into traffic on Sandy Boulevard Monday afternoon. When police arrived, they tried to take him into custody. He was just floundering. They tried to get him over, but he didn't want to go over. “He stayed on his stomach. They wanted him on his backside to see how his mouth was, cause he was foaming so bad at the time," witness Mark McEldery said. (Indicators that this is a high risk individual and EMS should be asked for so at least they are in route to the scene if the person has medical problems. High risk position for positional asphyxia. Is your department doing enough training and re-training on identifying and dealing with this condition? If not you had better start because IT WILL become an issue down the road somewhere).
Arizona: The Arizona House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposed ballot measure that would provide legal immunity to law enforcement officers for using "police tools" on people who are committing felonies. Proponents say police tools include handcuffs, guns and other items used to stop suspects. Opponents said the proposal was meant to protect Scottsdale-based stun-gun maker Taser International Inc.
Minnesota: Minneapolis squad car caught in crossfire.