The San Bernandino County Sheriff’s department said that the 43 year old, 350 pound Allen Kephart became \”combative and uncooperative\”, so they used a taser on him, he passed out, and now he’s dead.
The LA Times points out that his father, a 20-year member of the San Bernardino County sheriff’s Rangers volunteer unit, doesn’t think they treated his son like someone who just ran a stop sign, but committed murder.
He said witnesses told him that the deputy slammed his son to the ground. His son was Tasered about eight times by two deputies, said Jack Kephart, who dismissed assertions that his son was combative with the deputies.
“He’s never raised a hand in 43 years. He goes to church three times a week. He does the audio for the church in Crestline,” Jack Kephart said. “He works three jobs. He’s never had a drink. Never done drugs. Never smoked. Never done nothing.”
Not that taser happy cops shouldn’t be criticized for simply being taser happy….but the father also brings up a good point about his son’s medical condition…..a 350 pound man, is more likely than not going to have high blood pressure, or any heart condition, and probably more likely to die from being zapped with electricity than someone in good health.
The irresponsibility with which law enforcement officials shoot off their taser guns does make them murderers.
I also lived in Lake Arrowhead, CA for 10 years when growing up as a child, and Blue Jay is a part of that area. It is by no means a dangerous place where police should be expecting armed criminals to hop out of cars at routine traffic stops.