Tasered Utah Motorist More Generous Than Most

Here’s a follow up to a story posted by TripMaster Monkey recently, which I find rather amazing.  Most people would be a bit pissed off about having been tasered in front of his wife and children by a cocky over-the-top control freak cop, but this guy is asking people to have mercy on Trooper Gardner.

From Raw Story:

“I wish people would realize and think about this: Trooper Gardner is a real person, he’s got a real family. Real lives are being affected,” Jared Massey said earlier this week.

Trooper Jon Gardner of the Utah Highway Patrol subdued Massey with a Taser when the driver walked away and refused to sign a speeding ticket on Sept. 14.

Wow.  That’s really quite amazing…

6 thoughts on “Tasered Utah Motorist More Generous Than Most

  1. This points out a very present problem in our society that has nothing to do with the stars of the video. We are all too eager to pass our individual judgement upon others without having the benefit of the facts. All that has been said for and against both of the gentlemen has absolutely no social value. “I wish people would realize and think about this: Trooper Gardner is a real person, he’s got a real family. Real lives are being affected…” says Mr. Massey. Who better to assess the situation? Not I. Make your own decision.

  2. Zooey,

    I am going to take a liberty at your expense. I am sure that in your discussions in your psych classes there have been fellow students that have disagreed with your position Please accept the following as an argument from a fellow classmate, albeit the class geek. My premise here will be that we see things not as they are but as we are. I have no idea of your experiences that have influenced your opinion, and hence your means of presenting your arguments. My experience and arguments are backed by the fact that I have a Grandson who has survived circumstances similar to Trooper Gardner and is now a Field Training Officer for his Department. I asked him to view the video and give me his comments. Basically his comments were: the Trooper was not well trained; the Trooper was scared shitless; and the Trooper should never asked Massey to leave his car. He did qualify the last part because he was not knowledgeable of Utah law. He said that if the Trooper was following Utah policy in asking Mr. Massey to leave the vehicle then Arizona law would then require that Mr. Massey follow the directions of the Trooper. In not following the instructions Mr. Massey probably committed a felony and subjected himself to any force necessary to gain compliance. We have the same problem: neither of us was there and neither of us is a lawyer (a reality on my part and a presumption about you) and neither of us was there or directly involved.

    “…which I find rather amazing.” You find it amazing that Mr. Massey should exonerate Trooper Gardner. I find it quite refreshing that the gentleman can find forgiveness and rise above the emotions of the situation. Again an assumption on my part, but I would think Mr. Massey was a Mormon, which would explain his action.

    “Most people would be a bit pissed off about having been tasered…” An assumption on your part used to support your opinion. From what I have learned about the effects of the Tazer, most people would be more inclined to piss on themselves than be pissed off.

  3. No offense taken, Clyde.

    I’m not saying that the man shouldn’t ask for mercy for the policeman, I’m saying that this man must be quite extraordinary in his capacity to forgive, and be the bigger man.

    I find it amazing and admirable that he’s able to exonerate the policeman.

    If I were in his place, I’d find it easier to forgive the policeman for tasering ME, than for having done it in front of my terrified spouse and children.

    I watched this video, and the thing that stood out most was that the policeman kept saying, “This guy thought he was in charge.” At least 3-4 times. I don’t know how it works in Utah or AZ, but in Idaho if a guy decides not to sign the ticket, the cop writes “refused to sign” on the ticket, and it’s done.

    What’s terrifying about that to this policeman? I agree, he was poorly trained.

  4. Zooey,

    I had not finished the comment when everything went to hell and it was gone. I didn’t realize it was posted until just now. I will just let go as it is. It is the same in Arizona as there is no requirement to sign the ticket. It is the unknown elements of the situation that are terrifying. Had Mr. Massey been compliant rather than confrontational the situation probably would not have developed as it did. Neither gentleman demonstrated a great deal of maturity. Mr. Massey later made up for his lack of consideration. I hope the Trooper does the same.

  5. Clyde,

    I just really didn’t think Mr Massey was being confrontational. Sure, the questions were a bit much after a while, he should have just settled it in traffic court, but I didn’t think he said anything out of line.

    Maybe it’s too much to hope that the policeman will apologize for his actions, and learn to handle things differently.

  6. Im not sure if the video is really the epitomy of power struggle, but when I watched the video the first time my thought was ” The side of the road is not the place to fight the ticket.”

    Tasering in my mind has opened up a safer world for police officers. When a police officer uses physical means to subdue someone the natural reaction seems to be to resist. Resisting is dangerous for both the police officer and the suspect. The taser eliminates the knee jerk reaction for the suspect to fight back by eliminating the opportunity.

    Having never been tased myself I cannot attest to how unpleasant or effective it actually is, but as a student of the law I respect the court system, and believe there is a better avenue to fight injustice from police officers and it is not infront of your family on the side of the road.

    Im sure Mr. Massey feels guilty for what has turned out to be a negative public sentiment towards Mr. Gardner, and he should. Mr. Massey only has himself to blame for getting tazed. He could have easily signed the ticket and gone back and taken a picture of the “missing” speed limit sign. I have a feeling he will act differently next time.

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