Stunner! 64-year-old Tased by cops thrice in own home
'Hard to imagine something so shocking could happen'
Posted: September 01, 2010
8:45 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

A lawsuit has been launched against the sheriff's office in Marin County, Calif., over an episode in which deputies barged uninvited into a 64-year-old man's home and shot him three times with a Taser, screaming "stop resisting" while the incapacitated victim writhed in pain on the floor.

The sheriff's version of the episode was that watching "selected" video segments of the events may mislead people.

The incident was reported by KGO-TV in San Francisco, which posted a video:

The episode developed late in June when Peter McFarland, a consultant, returned home one night from a charity fundraiser and fell on his front steps, injuring his knee. Paramedics were called to treat his injury.

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Then as the paramedics departed, McFarland reported, two deputies barged in.

"All of a sudden they just showed up, came in here like there was a fire," he said.

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The deputies insisted on taking him to a hospital for an evaluation, according to the television report.

"We're going to take you to the hospital for an evaluation," one deputy says on the video. "You said if you had a gun you'd shoot yourself in the head."

McFarland said that statement was no more than hyperbole, reflecting how much pain he was in from his fall and the fact he was exhausted.

He refused to go and argued with the deputies. He told them to get out of his house and got up to go to bed.

That's when he was shot by the deputies, three times. The officers were yelling, "Stop resisting. Stop resisting," as he screamed unintelligibly while writhing uncontrollably on the floor.

His wife was pleading for the officers to stop, telling them McFarland had a heart condition.

John Scott, McFarland's attorney, told the television station it is "hard to imagine something this shocking could happen."

McFarland was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, but the charges later were dismissed. The attorney told the station the officers had no search warrant or any legal reason to enter the private home.

The station interviewed Dr. Byron Lee, a cardiologist, who said "the Taser has some real risks that if you can get Tasered in the right places, you can cause sudden death and cardiac arrest."

The station later reported when the sheriff responded to concerns about the incident.

The sheriff's office's written statement to the station said, "The decision to resort to the use of force is never taken lightly and deputy sheriffs (sic) undergo an extensive amount of on-going training to ensure those decisions are both appropriate and fall within the guidelines established by law and department policy."

The station said the officers also said watching someone being jolted is hard.

"That reaction can all too often also be influenced by using only small, selected segments of a much lengthier video that better depicts the complexity of the event in question."

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Comment by Sweettina2 on February 8, 2011 at 3:33am
You are absolutely right, Freedomrox.  Even defense against a beating a person will be charged with capitol punishment if its an officer.  I call these police departments, as many do, letting them know the patriots of this country have had enough of this and watching every move they make. I do the guest booking on a patriot radio show, now I can put people on the radio to tell their story....sweet victory when a person gets justice.
Comment by Freedomrox on February 7, 2011 at 8:35pm

This depicts the true Police State mentality, and it is designed and engineered to instill fear in law-abiding citizens. There is only one way to turn this around and to instill the fear where it truly belongs. I know not of what laws are in what States, but in this State, no man, or woman, has a duty to retreat from an attack. Deadly force is authorized against ANY HOME INVADER and with a reasonable fear of harm, or threat to life and limb.

The proper course is to meet unlawful force with lawful force, and in any court of law in the land, no jury would convict for this man defending himself in his own home, and blowing this scum away like the criminals they have been trained to become.

This happened to me too, years ago, and before tasers. If only I hadn't been suprised in my bathtub and able to reach my gun. At least if I had, then others would have been spared the beating I received that put me in a hospital. Educate yourself, and be ready to defend yourself at all times....because it is only going to get worse.

Comment by Robert Carobene on September 3, 2010 at 9:26am
I agree with you Winston this is a very horrible act.
Comment by Sweettina2 on September 2, 2010 at 9:56pm
Right on Winston!
Comment by Sweettina2 on September 2, 2010 at 6:11pm
You're a sweetheart James, thank you!
Comment by truth on September 2, 2010 at 6:01pm
Hi Tina, I switched the blog editor back to the old ning one. We had a lot of problems with the newer version. i believe you should be able to post things with out problem, then again with ning one does not know :)
Comment by Sweettina2 on September 2, 2010 at 5:56pm
Thank you James, my blog isnt working right. It doesnt give me the 'rich text' and 'HTML' for some reason.
Comment by truth on September 2, 2010 at 5:39pm

Comment by Sweettina2 on September 2, 2010 at 5:19pm
For some reason the video wouldnt download, here is the link:


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