When I first heard of the police of Jerseyville having killed a disturbed teen named Roger Holyfield with a TASER stun gun earlier this week, my thoughts went to the McHenry death of a man after local police used a "non-lethal" method to subdue him.
Saturday, the Chicago Tribune ran a front page story on the “5 foot-7, 130-pound” youth whose main office seems to have been carrying a Bible and a cell phone, screaming, “I want Jesus,” and not following police instructions after a person called the Jerseyville, Illinois, police. State Police soon arrived.
The teen was handcuffed and shocked twice with the TASER.
Holyfield was scheduled to be baptized the next day.
The Tribune writes “one of his friends at the funeral wrote in orange on a black Dodge truck,”
Jesus saves.The original story in the Belleville News-Democrat said,
Police officers responded around 8:56 p.m. Saturday to the 600 block of South State Street to find a man holding a Bible and a cordless phone yelling, "I want Jesus!" The subject was later identified as Holyfield.The Belleville paper cites an Associated Press story that says
Officers attempted to speak to Holyfield, but he became combative toward officers and would not respond to verbal commands, police said.
Holyfield was warned several times to stop being combative or risk being Tasered, police said. Even after the device was initially used, Holyfield continued to be combative and rolled around, dislodging the Taser probes. Holyfield continued to resist officers and the Taser was deployed a second time. Holyfield then physically pulled the probes out, police said.
Tasers have been either cited as a contributing factor or the cause of death in more than 180 people since 1986.You can find out what the Democrats are doing locally on McHenry County Blog.