by Brian A. Wilkins
2/8/2010 (links and photos updated December 11, 2018)
It seems several “police agencies,” especially those within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit Federal Court Of Appeals (like Arizona), didn’t get the memo regarding excessive force claims when Tasers are used on American citizens without good cause.
That court’s groundbreaking decision did not deter an unnamed Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) thug cop, who murdered Mr. Mark Andrew Morse early in the morning last Thursday, February 4, by shooting him with a Taser.
Details of the murder are very sketchy at this time. One news outlet is reporting that Mr. Morse, 36, “became combative” and “took a fighting stance” against the cop while walking down Interstate 17. This prompted the police thug to use his federally mandated electrocution toy, according to AZCentral.
Another news outlet, KPHO, is reporting that Mr. Morse “fought back” when the cop tried to arrest him on the interstate, which was his justification to use the Taser. DPS has reported two different versions of what happened to these news agencies, which obviously means they are lying about something.
Federal courts and police departments across the country still refer to this spontaneous, unjustified electrocution as “non-lethal force,” despite the fact Tasers have claimed the lives of at least 400 Americans since 2001, according to Amnesty International.
Mr. Morse is a Moon Valley (Phoenix) High School graduate and was in town from Arkansas to visit family.
Our thoughts are with the Morse family. We will try and contact family members and update the story as we learn more.