Video shows Taser in use in Urbana

Video shows Taser in use in Urbana

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URBANA — In making his case for why Urbana police would be better equipped with Tasers, Police Chief Patrick Connolly has been showing to city boards and members of the public a video in which a Taser came into play.

In the video, which shows a real incident from earlier this year, Urbana police respond to reports of a man with a knife on East Main Street near Dodson Drive, where he is blocking traffic and cutting his wrists.

The video may take a few seconds to begin; there is an introduction by Connolly; then there is audio from emergency dispatchers and callers who are reporting a man with blood on his clothing. Video images appear at about the 1:55 mark. 

When police arrive, the man does not respond to officers' commands that he drop the knife. Even when he is surrounded and struck with rubber ammunition from a less-lethal shotgun, he continues to evade police.

Shortly after the 7:00 mark in the video, a Champaign County sheriff's deputy hits the man with a Taser. The man collapses, and police are able to get him and the knife under control.

Connolly, who narrates the video here, has shown it a number of times now. He said it was an extremely dangerous situation for everyone involved and, after seeing it, he'd "be remiss" if he did not seek the city council's permission to buy 10 Tasers for specially-trained officers.

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Zaltor The Merciless wrote on April 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm

God,  your upload speed is slower than poop!

Mike Howie wrote on April 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm
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I wish it could load faster, but it's a large file. Ran it through a couple of software packages trying to shrink it without success.

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bob loblaw wrote on May 01, 2014 at 3:05 am

Why not upload a video such as this to YouTube and then link to it from the N-G? That would solve the crazy-long loading issue, which would obviously lead to more people viewing the video and reading the article.

Mike Howie wrote on May 01, 2014 at 8:05 am
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That's a good idea, but we don't own the video. I'm sorry about the loading issue. 


787 wrote on May 01, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Overall, Chief Connelly makes a great case for his request.  The situation had gone from bad to worse at the point when the sheriff's deputy showed up with the taser.

And at that point, it ended.  The subject was taken into custody quickly, and received medical treatment.  

It also shows that other non-lethal methods, such as the rubber bullets, may not work.   In this case, they had no obvious effect.  

I'd sure like to hear a constructive arguement to this issue, from a member of the opposition, who don't want to see select members of the Urbana police get everything they need to successfully do their job. 

jlc wrote on May 01, 2014 at 10:05 pm

This particular example sounds like a good case for the request, yes. The documented racial bias in taser use in cities across the country, plus the over five hundred deaths connected to tasers since 2001, suggests that a single case might not be a constructive argument.


Roanrider wrote on May 02, 2014 at 9:05 am

There may be 500 taser deaths since 2001 (that is 35 per year, and is that nationwide or worldwide, you do not state)...however, when you compare that to the deaths from lethal force per year, contest, my friend.