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MAN TASED BY BORED UTAH COP...AND GETS $40,000!

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Published on Nov 21, 2007

This man is vacationing with his pregnant wife and baby when he is pulled over, tasered and detained and after refusing to sign a ticket during a traffic stop. Welcome to America!

8:52 Officer changes his story, lying to his superior.

What did Jared Massey do with the money? He made this site w/ a portion of the 40,000, what a bad ass
http://theclymb.com/invite-from/rulon...

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THE FINAL RESULT:

Man shot with Taser during traffic stop outside Vernal gets $40,000 settlement:

Jared Massey, the motorist who was shot with a Taser during a traffic arrest and who subsequently filed a lawsuit claiming the officer used excessive force, has accepted a settlement of $40,000.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Gardner used a Taser on Massey on Sept. 4, 2007, during a traffic stop outside Vernal. Massey refused to sign a speeding ticket and argued with Gardner, who ordered Massey out of the car. After Massey did not comply with commands to put his hands behind his back, Gardner used a Taser on Massey.

An unhappy Massey posted the videotaped incident from the squad car's dash cam on YouTube, which prompted a huge outcry from the public. Some people even threatened violence against the trooper — which prompted Massey to issue a public statement calling for people to "have some common decency" and stop making threats.

The Department of Public Safety investigated the situation and cleared Gardner of any wrongdoing in handling an uncooperative motorist. He was, however, required to take a verbal communications course before returning to duty.

Massey pleaded guilty in Uintah County's Justice Court to a reduced speeding charge and paid a fine of $107.

However, Massey later filed a federal lawsuit claiming Gardner had used excessive force against him.


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From Deseret News archives:
Man shot with Taser during traffic stop outside Vernal gets $40,000 settlement

Jared Massey, the motorist who was shot with a Taser during a traffic arrest and who subsequently filed a lawsuit claiming the officer used excessive force, has accepted a settlement of $40,000.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Gardner used a Taser on Massey on Sept. 4, 2007, during a traffic stop outside Vernal. Massey refused to sign a speeding ticket and argued with Gardner, who ordered Massey out of the car. After Massey did not comply with commands to put his hands behind his back, Gardner used a Taser on Massey.

An unhappy Massey posted the videotaped incident from the squad car's dash cam on YouTube, which prompted a huge outcry from the public. Some people even threatened violence against the trooper — which prompted Massey to issue a public statement calling for people to "have some common decency" and stop making threats.

The Department of Public Safety investigated the situation and cleared Gardner of any wrongdoing in handling an uncooperative motorist. He was, however, required to take a verbal communications course before returning to duty.

Massey pleaded guilty in Uintah County's Justice Court to a reduced speeding charge and paid a fine of $107.

However, Massey later filed a federal lawsuit claiming Gardner had used excessive force against him.

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"We think this is a legally defensible case because Trooper Gardner acted reasonably to avert a volatile and potentially dangerous confrontation on the side of a busy highway," Assistant Attorney General Scott Cheney, who represented Gardner, said in a statement.

"We recognize, however, that this is a close case," Cheney said.

The decision to settle was made by the Utah Attorney General's Office, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Risk Management Fund, all of which agreed that this was the "best compromise to protect taxpayer resources."

"This settlement was the most efficient resolution of what would be lengthy and expensive litigation of a strongly disputed claim," Cheney said.

Massey was unavailable for comment Monday.

Comments • 56,309

BuRgLaR187
Holy fuck $40k Tase me next
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Godrules
Cop should be fired for being an idiot..  And then have him tazed a few times for good measure..
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Greenmonkey552
White man: Yeah the officer was right Black man: Racist pig lets start a riot against this prick the guy was innocent Internet logic
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TaZeShOoT Gaming
do what the cop tells you next time 
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Desert Lake Striper
8:53 "what happened?" his superior asks. Listen to his description of the events that unfold...they sound good until a point where he fabricates his story about Massey jumping around all over the place and yelling, and says he warns him sternly that if he doesn't put his hands behind his back he'll be tasered. The fact is, that never happened. And THAT little fact is what ruined the cop in court. Just to refresh your memory on true events, click here... 2:03
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BRAVO ACTUAL
I will cover BOTH perspectives: In a debate such as this, I HATE video cuts since you can't get a full story with them. Now, based on what I saw in the beginning, the cop was COMPLETELY in the right. The subject (driver) immediately become combative with the Officer and ignored repeated requests to turn around. Most likely, the officer was going to restrain the driver for both the officer's safety and the safety of the driver. They could have had their discussion and solved the issue peacefully. Instead, he attempted to get back into his vehicle and at that point, there are a million variables that come into play; None of them good for the officer. So, he gets tasered by the officer. This is where his wife also exits the vehicle.  Now the officer has TWO subjects, potentially hostile, to deal with. He does NOT know their intent. Sure, they may be peaceful, but they could also have easily attempted to attack the officer. Repeatedly, the two individuals in the SUV did NOT heed the officers instructions. If you have a problem with something the officer has done, you don't exit your vehicle and confront the officer. This is ESPECIALLY true if the officer has just had to subdue with force one occupant of the vehicle. You may well be unarmed, but you could just as easily have had a gun or weapon or even as stated before, the intent to do harm. The RIGHT way to have delt with this would have been to wait until the officer approaches you and ask for a badge number and file a complaint with the department so it can be dealt with properly. The cop says it himself, "The side of the road is NOT the place to argue about this." He's right a million times about this. Not only is it wrong for what the suv occupants did, but you are on the side of a road where people don't always slow down for stopped vehicles on the side of the road. You could have been hit and seriously injured or even KILLED for "protesting" a ticket. In Ontario, we had so many fatal accidents in this regard that it is now LAW to move over and slow down for stopped emergency vehicles. Driver's POV: There are portions of the video that have been cut out. I cannot tell what happened during that time. However regardless of what may or may not have happened, the driver still should NOT have refused the officers instructions and proceeded back to his vehicle. Overall, the officer showed GREAT restraint in this matter. If you say, "Hell no he didn't," then look again. He could just have easily shot with a live firearm the driver AND passenger of the SUV. He could also have used his baton and BEATEN both driver and passenger. The officer stated his intention for the driver to step out and place his hands behind his back. Before he could even continue, the driver became combative, and attempted to re-enter his vehicle. There are a million different variables that come into play at that point. The taser deployment was justified at this point.  Now, as I said at the beginning, I HATE a video that has been edited with parts cut out; There EASILY could be more to this story that I did not see. But based on the version provided, the officer was in the right here. I can tell that the video uploader is decidedly one-sided on this issue based on the title, but from the point of view of my perspective playing the devils advocate for the cop, he did everything right on this stop. Sure, there may have been ways to handle the stop differently: There always is. But no human can weigh all the outcomes possible in seconds. Anybody that thinks that you can is simply a fool. I myself had to re-watch the video three times before writing this. The officer had to deal with it on the spot ONCE with NO rehearsal. Think about that the next time you have to have an encounter with a LEO. Show them some respect, and that will go a LONG way to making your issue go away. Act like a child, get treated like one. -Bravo
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Chase Horner
That cop has no authority to do what he did he should be in jail for 10 years
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Montage Nation
I don't think the guy deserved 40k, Nor do I think the cop was in the wrong. He just was not a patience guy, and not everyone is. He told him to step out and put his hands be hide his back, the guy was very demanding and the cop wanted to detain him for his safely. Don't listen to his orders? He is going to taze you. Pretty simple. The guy was going back into his car, and that's the one thing you never want to let them do.
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Snow Kajira
I hope someone beats that pig every day for the rest of his life
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Dante Mazzone
Tell that cop to go fuck himself
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