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December 01, 2007

Utah Tasing Trooper Acted Reasonably According to State Officials

He remains on leave, due to threats against him, according to UHP Superintendent Lance Davenport.

Officials said Gardner could have issued the ticket without Massey's signature. The investigation found use of the Taser was justified because Massey had turned his back and put a hand near his pocket, Davenport said.

Jared Massey, the driver who was tasered, filed a public records request for the video and posted it on YouTube. According to YouTube it's been viewed over one million times. Five times by me, although YouTube officials did not confirm this.

Interview with Massey and CNN's Kiran Chetry, then Sgt. Jeff Nigbur of the UHP below the fold.

A point: Massey says he thought the officer pulled out a gun, and he was afraid, that he thought the officer was going to "shoot to harm me", and he "had no idea it was a taser".

So you turn your back and walk away? Really?

Second point: Sgt. Nigbur mentions "a little bit of ego, on both sides".



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