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Sheriff Really Uses Stun Gun to Tase Man Who Had Sex on Lawn

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Sheriff tases a man twice for having sex on his own front lawn then arrests the same man for Third-Degree Assault charges against a law enforcement officer. No joke-not the story, and definitely not the charges.
Some strange things have gone in Yelm. It's been home to more than one crazy scenario, including a dog that woke from the dead, alive after a car accident saw the dog prepared for burial. That was a fortunate experience in life. This one could've meant death.
A Yelm, Washington, man was Tased by a Sheriff's deputy using a stun gun--tased twice--after a Sheriff's deputy interrupted the man having sex with a woman outside of a house and on a front lawn.
Good thing law enforcement isn't providing confirmation to the public of yet another reason to consider that officers shouldn't be issued Tasers or stun guns.
Police have been highly criticized for using Tasers on unarmed people; unarmed and--at most likely the most--partially naked takes it to a whole new level.
A sheriff's deputy spotted the couple having sex on their front lawn--while the law enforcement officer was supposedly responding to a noise complaint at a house nearby on Vail Cutoff Road. The young man and woman, who police claim appeared highly intoxicated, tried to put their clothes back on when the sex was interrupted by the deputy officer asking the pair for identification.
Obviously identification wasn't easily accessible--and obviously the pair were most likely shocked.
Since a high percentage of Taser-related deaths have drugs as a contributing factor, along with voltge of the device, it would of course be logical to use a stun gun on a man where law enforcement has no confirmation as to consumption level or any type of additional or alternate drugs that could be involved in such "influence". Have a good idea someone is "intoxicated" or "under the influence"?--then it certainly makes sense to send high voltage through their body, in what could increase possibility of death.
The woman that the man had been having sex with screamed when the sheriff asked for identification, and tried to run away--the sheriff's deputy claims that Bergin started to approach the deputy officer and refused orders to sit down on the lawn. Isn't that a bit of a conflict? He's either refusing to stop approaching, or refusing to sit down--but if the issue is serious enough to possibly require a Taser, wouldn't it insinuate someone was attacking? Asking someone to sit on a lawn doesn't quite have the vibe of an attack occurring.
Supposedly, the sheriff's deputy believed he would be "assaulted"--so he did the obvious thing: the deputy shot two barbs into the unarmed 21-year-old's chest. Was the sheriff's baton not on hand to be able to use on the unarmed, unclothed man?
Bergin then allegedly pulled both of the Taser stun gun barbs out of his chest and-according to the Sheriff's department--proceeded toward the deputy, says Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy James Chamberlain. That must be one one unaffected guy, to pull Taser barbs out of his chest and then simply continue on toward a sheriff.
Apparently the deputy reloaded--that's right, reloaded the stun gun--and shot Taser barbs a second time, this time into Bergin's arm. No word on why the Taser to the arm was so much more effective in stopping an unarmed man than Tasering him in the chest.
Bergin also seems a bit lucky, since Tasers have been correlated to deaths, including aiding in stopping the heart with voltage--contributing to a good old heart attack.
Apparently the Thurston County police department hasn't heard about the border patrol officer that used a Taser no more than a couple weeks ago, on an unarmed man in San Diego county who was at the California-Mexico border. Taser stun gun use by the Border and Customs Patrol officer there has now been ruled a Homicide by the coroner's office. That's right, a homicide--the Taser contributed to stopping the man's heart.
"The second jolt [aka, high voltage] was enough to convince him [Bergin] to cooperate with the deputy," Chamberlain said. What a logical--and manly--thing to say.
To top off Bergin's evening, and add to the image of law enforcement and the definition of ethics, Bergin was then placed under arrest (that's right, arrest) for Suspicion of Third-Degree Assault against law enforcement.
Now Bergin will most likely get to spend a fortune in defending himself on Assault charges against law enforcement, since assault on a law enforcement officer (as law enforcement is so well aware) typically carries much higher potential penalties or jail time--or even prison time--in some states.

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