A teenager carrying a Bible and shouting "I want Jesus" was shot twice with a police stun gun and later died at a St. Louis hospital, authorities said.
In a statement obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, police in Jerseyville, about 40 miles north of St. Louis, said 17-year-old Roger Holyfield would not acknowledge officers who approached him and he continued yelling, "I want Jesus."
Police tried to calm the teen, but Holyfield became combative, according to the statement. Officers fired the stun gun at him after he ignored their warnings, then fired again when he continued struggling, police said.
Roger Holyfield, breitbart.com / AP 40 Comments
[10/31/2006 12:00:00 AM]
Fundie Index: -4
Bibbles should be a controlled substance.
11/2/2006 1:25:33 PM
The only good pig, is a dead pig.
But still, crazed christians are almost as dangerous as pigs, and should also be killed on contact.
Too bad he didnt have a SMG.
The vision of pigs and christians slaughtering each other is good for a smile.
11/2/2006 2:11:12 PM
D Laurier: \"The only good pig is a dead pig,\" and you'd like to see Christians and \"pigs\" killing each other? Sheesh, are you bucking for Secular (Hippie) Fundie of the Month?
11/2/2006 2:25:52 PM
if it took two taserings to take the kid down, then physically wrestling him to submission was going to leave someone in pretty bad shape--the kid, an officer, or both.
also, i don't believe the stun gun alone killed an adult size male. i'd wait for the autopsy to show something like cardiac arrest. i can imagine a scenario in which some drug had his heart pumping at a dangerous pace and the electric jolt just did his heart in.
*official medical jargon, i know*
and d laurier, i hope for your sake that you never find yourself in a position where some 'pig' is all that stands between you and certain death. it may force you to rethink 'pig'/'christian' stance.
11/2/2006 3:37:05 PM
The police have always had trouble subduing the mentally ill. ie. Using the right amount of force.
In this case they seem to have acted appropriately, and through some unknown condition, the patient reacted badly.
The mentally ill are a sad story.
11/4/2006 8:56:11 PM
Passed Jesus tests.. 0-10000000000000000 and counting
11/9/2006 4:52:36 AM
When the pigs yell "Down on the ground!", you should comply.
7/27/2008 10:56:24 AM
The rationale behind the use of 'non-lethal' stun guns appears to have its origins in the increasing prevalence of HIV. Even multiple officers 'wrestling' the suspect to the ground does not obviate the risk of one or more of them being bitten by a hysterical or particularly aggressive person. Being bitten by someone who is HIV positive could be a death sentence (in a horrible way) to the cop who is only doing his job and trying to protect the public. I support the use of Tazers 100%, even if there will occasionally be unfortunate accidents/incidents like this.
7/27/2008 11:20:29 AM
Next time use a shotgun.
7/27/2008 11:24:05 AM
The teenager's religious beliefs and the police officers' use of a Taser are two separate issues. While most of us would agree that religion is irrational, it in itself does not excuse the police in using extreme force. It would be helpful if the news story better explained just how "combative" our "I want Jesus" teenager was before being shocked.
Policemen are becoming way too dependent on Tasers and way too many people are dying from their misuse to continue classifying them as "non-lethal" means of subduing criminal suspects. For a good example of the misuse of Tasers, see http://www.ky3.com/home/video/25829234.html
7/27/2008 12:50:16 PM
8/21/2009 7:40:45 PM
Roger Holyfield. An Hero.
One down, several million to go.
8/22/2009 7:13:01 AM
9/3/2011 5:52:11 PM
So carrying a bible and shouting "I want Jesus" is a police matter? What does it mean when it said he became "combative?" It seems like the real story here didn't make it to print.
9/4/2011 5:59:07 AM
Did annybody else notice that the name of the author is the same as the name of the deceased?
9/4/2011 6:16:45 AM