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Phillies fan runs onto field, gets tasered

May 4, 2010, 6:08 AM EDT

Phillies fan taser.jpgThere’s so much going on in this photo that I’m not sure where to begin. For starters you have just the latest example of wonderful Phillies fan behavior. No, this guy didn’t puke on anyone or anything — he was simply tasered and hauled off — but you have to give Phillies’ fans the benefit of the doubt with this sort of thing and presume that he would have puked on someone had he gotten the chance. I mean, there’s a track record there.

You also have, frozen forever, the image of a police officer at the precise moment he decided to lose his job. Oh, sure, they may stretch things out a week or two and make an inquiry into the officer’s use of force, but when you decide to fire your taser at someone who, however big a knucklehead he happens to be, does not appear to represent anything approaching a threat to himself or others, you’re not coming out smelling good on the other end.

Indeed, it strikes me that maybe the security guard fired the taser because he was embarrassed that he couldn’t catch the kid and wanted to end the crowd’s laughter. While that’s funny on some level, it’s not nearly as funny when you realize that hundreds of people have died as a result of being tasered. Bad move, bro.

In any event, this was all great fun because everyone appears to have ended up being OK, but this is certainly not an incident that’s going to make anyone particularly proud.

UPDATE: Video here, at least until it is decided that it is being transmitted without the express authorization of Major League Baseball.

146 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Andy - May 4, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    Stay classy, Philadelphia!

  2. MJ - May 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    If a guy goes on the field, I say taser away.

  3. carigis - May 4, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    that “security guard” is police officer. says so right on the back of his shirt. he should be terminated immeadiatly and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

  4. Old Gator - May 4, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    Good shot. Now graft a couple of pronghorn antlers onto this guy’s head and mount it over the door to the security office. You could call it a jerkalope.
    Come to think of it, you could call anyone who runs out on the field like that a jerkalope. Has a nice ring to it.
    Then again, we should probably be grateful that this moron decided to run out on the field with his clothes on. From that photo, I doubt if anyone would have wanted to see him streak the game. Ah, but streaking…that’s a relic of a more elegant age, ain’t it?

  5. Patrick - May 4, 2010 at 7:24 AM

    yes, I too hope that any drunk d-bag who interrupts my precious baseball game for a couple of minutes should have a potentially deadly weapon used against them.
    I’m being sarcastic, by the way.

  6. Webs - May 4, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Is that just a shadow or had the Phillies fan wet himself with excitement?
    Let’s hope….

  7. apbadogs - May 4, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    carigis wrote “that “security guard” is police officer. says so right on the back of his shirt. he should be terminated immeadiatly and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.”
    You Sir, are an idiot.

  8. Teveo - May 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    lets get a couple of things straigh. First this guy is a Police officer and has been trained on how to use a taser and when to use a taser. He has every right to use the taser in this situation. Using a taser is a very safe and harmless way to take a situation under control. This guy may get light duty ONLY because he used it at a Philles game. I wish every idiot who thinks he can run onto the field should get tased. That will stop the Jerkoffs from entering the field of play.

  9. Fast Eddy - May 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Look at the dope. He is quite possibly a literal idiot. I give the cop/sec. guard a medal and a promotion. Then we can arm him with real stuff, and reduce the over population of idiots in Phillthy.

  10. Fan - May 4, 2010 at 7:50 AM

    Why give the police officers tasers if you do not want them to use them?
    If the officer would have caught the kid and the kid would have punched or elbowed the officer in the face what would your reaction be?
    The officer took control of the situation. That kid could have run them all over the field. What if he would have tripped and hit a player in the knee or ankle?
    Maybe the next “meathead” will think about the officers with tasers before he shows his drunken ignorance and runs out onto the field.

  11. Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2010 at 7:58 AM

    Tasers are not lassos. They’re not something that are used to simply grab bad guys. The Taser company’s own website describes them as “self-defense” weapons designed to “minimize the risk of serious injury.”
    If the person in question represents no physical threat and there is no risk of serious injury, there is absolutely no call to use a Taser.
    The kid in Philly was simply running around like a moron. He posed no risk to anyone and made no threatening moves whatsoever. In light of that, the use of the Taser was excessive.

  12. Moses Green - May 4, 2010 at 8:10 AM

    Easy call, hard to see how anyone could disagree that the force used was excessive and inappropriate.
    But lassos – when I read that the light of marketing came on in my head. Why not have steer-roping champions at the ready for this eventuality, and time them. Whoever hogties their jerkalope fastest during the season is the champ.

  13. Blondie - May 4, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    I sit next to this kid in Piano class!!! Ahahaha way to represent Boyertown!!!

  14. Blondie - May 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM

    First of all the kids not old enough to drink…

  15. jp - May 4, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    How does anyone know he is “simply running around like a moron” or “posed no risk”. Maybe he did, the officer didn’t know that so he took control of the situation. As far as I’m concerned the officer in question did his job

  16. Soxrocker23 - May 4, 2010 at 8:32 AM

    “Fever Pitch” just wouldn’t have been the same if Drew had been killed by a taser!

  17. Craig Calcaterra - May 4, 2010 at 8:33 AM

    Watch the linked video. If you can point to anything there that makes it look like this guy is a threat you’ve got a pretty good imagination.
    If it’s your position that “well, the cop didn’t know,” you’ve basically described every single interaction between police and the public. By that logic, a cop could use his taser every time he goes to arrest someone. And that’s not the law.
    The law is that police officers may use force if they perceive or anticipate a threat based on some overt act by the person on whom force is used. There is nothing here but a trespasser.

  18. jeff - May 4, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    I think this poor kid noticed the security guard wasn’t exercising much and thought he’d get him running some to lose some of that blubber and this is the thanks he gets? So much for trying to help a guy out…

  19. jeff - May 4, 2010 at 8:46 AM

    selig said “LETS HURRY THESE GAMES UP”. looks like the security guard got the memo.

  20. jeff - May 4, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Stupid kid and a stupid guard, odds are you won’t see either at a philly game again.

  21. Jonny5 - May 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    See you guys just don’t how Philly cops are, they deal with people everyday that very well could shoot them. Not only are there tens of thousands of illegal guns stuffed into shorts around the city, but you can legally carry there as well. They’ve been trained to not give anyone the benefit of the doubt, since doing so ends the lives of a couple of officers every year. This was less of the cop thinking about if there was probable cause to use his taser, but almost a reflex to use it in any questionable situation. I’ll bet this cop doesn’t get into much trouble over this after seeing what they do get away with usually. I’ve ran into Philly’s finest before as a young man and they are a different breed of police officer. They are hardasses because they have to be. Now before someone jumps all over me for defending it, I’m not. I just know better than to piss off Philly cops. It can’t turn out well, ever.

  22. Joey B - May 4, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    I agree with the anti-tasing group.
    What they really needed was a German Shepard to run the kid down. A Taser brings the kid down. They put him in the overnight, he goes on Oprah, liberals shed tears, kid becomes rich thereby encouraging other like-minded kids.
    OTOH, if you let the German Shepard go after him, suddenly the crowd of 45,000 and the TV audience is no longer inconvenienced. Beer lines empty making traffic safer. While beer sales decline, attendance goes up. The look of terror will discourage all but the very fleet of foot.
    And just to show you how liberal I am, if the kid outruns the Shepard, charges are dropped.

  23. YankeesfanLen - May 4, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Not to put a damper on this spirited conversation, but perhaps we should reflect on an incident 40 years ago that also showed highly suspect judgemnt on the use of force.
    Hint: Think CS&N

  24. Chio - May 4, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    While running on the field was harmless enough, you do not know what he would have done next. This kid could have had a mental disorder and decided to get angry and attack a player. If you run onto the field where “celebrities” are, you can expect that the security/police are going to protect the players and that’s what they did.

  25. Chio - May 4, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Yes, a trespasser interfering with a baseball game where that kid was in reach of baseball players. If he had harmed a player, the police officer would have been fired for NOT doing his job. It was appropriate force.

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