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Tasered | Australian cop gets schooled!

Man headbutts cop in Australia for tasering

Look again. 2 guys, seven cops. WHY do you need a taser? “Pocket-Policing” has got to stop.  Keep those cellphone videos coming!!

UPDATE!

McLeods not guilty of assaulting cop
March 13, 2009   Article from: PerthNow

A FATHER and his two sons have been found not guilty of assaulting policeman Matthew Butcher, left partly paralysed after he was head-butted in a brawl.

A District Court jury yesterday found Robert McLeod, 56, and his two sons Barry McLeod, 29, and Scott James McLeod, 35, not guilty of eight charges laid after the fight at Joondalup’s Old Bailey Tavern in February last year.

The verdict has sparked concerns from the police union that officers are no longer protected? when carrying out their duties.

Gallery: Pictures from the shock McLeod verdicts

Barry McLeod faced the most serious count, of doing an act with intent to cause harm, admitting to a “flying head butt’’ in which he struck Constable Butcher, 33, to the head from behind after the policeman shot his father with a Taser gun.

Robert McLeod later collapsed from a heart attack – his third in three years.

Defence lawyers argued he and the other two members of his family acted in self defence when confronted by police, who they said acted with excessive force as they attempted to arrest them.

Ushered from court in his wheelchair, supported by uniformed police, Constable Butcher told reporters: “I’m disgusted.’’

His weeping wife Katrina said she was “utterly disgusted’’ by the verdict.

Neither Barry McLeod nor Scott McLeod – who smiled and laughed with supporters as he walked free – commented to waiting media.

Their father was not in court as he has been recovering in hospital after suffering blood clots on the brain over the weekend.

Despite acquitting the men of assaulting police, the jury of eight men and four women convicted Scott McLeod of a lesser charge of threatening to kill a member of the public who videotaped the brawl on his mobile phone.

During the six week trial, the court was told the fight began between the McLeods and a group of painters, spilled onto the street and then escalated when police arrived.

By their verdict, which was returned after a day and half of deliberations, the jury found prosecutors had failed to prove that Barry McLeod did not act in self defence, or did not come to the defence of his father when he assaulted Constable Butcher.

Outside court, Constable Butcher, who testified that he receives almost daily treatment for his injuries, which include paralysis to the left side of his body, refused to comment further.

Police Union vice president Chris Cassidy said the decision was a blow to all working police, who faced a “dangerous job’’.

“It is an incident that police attend every day of the week but for some reason this was taken to a six week trial with numerable police witnesses and civilian witnesses but unfortunately we have seen this result,’’ Mr Cassidy said.

“Clearly potential officers will look at this and wonder where the protection comes.

“Why would you join the police if this is the likely outcome?’’

Scott McLeod will be sentenced today over the threat to kill charge.

2 Comments»

  Dave wrote @

The supposed ‘non-lethality’ of this lethal weapon is what causes so many lazy cops to use it at the slightest provocation.

This weapon fosters laziness.

  Mr. Anonymous® wrote @

> The verdict has sparked concerns from the police union that officers are no longer protected? when carrying out their duties.

Hmmmm… guess the police “union” forgot the part where THE JURY decides! a.k.a. THE PUBLIC. GO JURY! Fuck those pigs and their “pocket-policing”!


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