[VIDEO] Woman Left Brain Dead After Being Tasered By Officer When She Attempted To Flee While Handcuffed

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Danielle Maudsley. 20. was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol on a suspected hit-and-run that had occurred back in September. After being taken to the Patrol Station, she quickly attempted to flee the scene, while still handcuffed.

Trooper Daniel Cole follows the young woman outside and instead of attempting to run and grab her, retreats to using his taser. Maudsley is struck in the back and collapses to the ground, while hitting her head on the way down. Even though the girl is now brain-dead and the entire incident was caught on a dash cam, Trooper Cole has been cleared on any wrong-doing.

It is unlikely that 20-year-old Danielle will ever wake up, and was found to have cocaine and oxycodone in her system at the time. This may have led to her spontaneous decision to try to run from the troopers. Even is this is the case, Cole should have made a more aggressive attempt to catch the girl (what again, was still handcuffed) before using a weapon that could debilitate the young lady.

Danielle Maudsley’s mother is very irritated with highway Patrol:

‘Tell me that’s not excessive force. I’m not saying she was an angel, but she didn’t deserve that.’

‘He couldn’t reach out and grab her? He was an arm’s length away. My daughter is dead because of this. She won’t come back.’

Cole’s claim is that he was worried about the young girl’s safety because she happened to be running towards a highway. He also explained that he wouldn’t do anything differently, if given the opportunity.

And nationally known use-of-force expert Dave Klinger, a retired Los Angeles police officer and professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said it was an an ‘inappropriate’ police tactic.

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2 Responses to [VIDEO] Woman Left Brain Dead After Being Tasered By Officer When She Attempted To Flee While Handcuffed

  1. Brian says:

    If this were a guy, it wouldn’t have made the news. I feel bad for the police officer. I don’t know why anyone would be a cop given the civil dangers involved. When you run from a law enforcement officer, they have the option to taze you. Should women be immune to apprehension? Absolutely not. She was a coked up skank with a criminal record. She got what she deserved. Wake up girls. Equality is what it is. Don’t do the crime if you can’t handle reality. That goes for the guys as well.

  2. Some Sanity says:

    Here’s what I wrote the Governor, and MANY troopers in the FHP:

    Governor Scott, FHP Executive Director Jones, Deputy Director Conklin, Chiefs Brown, Carrick, Guzman and Knight, Colonel Brierton, Major Thomas and Advisory Council,

    I just finished watching Trooper Cole be so overwhelmed by the fleeing, handcuffed, 100-pound Danielle Maudsley that he had to taze her.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=187_1329389516

    Let me preface my comments by saying that I am a Tazer supporter. Rather than an officer have to fight with another man his size and risk injury to himself, if the perp doesn’t obey the officer’s command, I think he forfeits his right to civility. This was not the case.

    Several times I’ve listened to her head hit the cement like a falling watermelon and then listened to her lay there and whimper. Now she’s braindead. It’s heartbreaking.

    It’s unbelievable that a man that size chose to tazer her on a hard surface rather pursue and grab her, unless of course he was too overweight to catch her. Looks like to me he was RIGHT BEHIND HER. What a poor reflection on the rest of the level-headed, hard working Troopers in the FHP. Now the taxpayers of Florida will have to pay for her care 24/7 and whatever penalty the courts decide.

    And why am I not surprised to read, “The Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined Trooper Daniel Cole’s ‘use of force’ was justified. You’ve just demonstrated to the public once more what the “Brotherhood” is all about.

    I’ll tell you one thing. IF THAT HAD BEEN MY DAUGHTER OR WIFE, I’D TAKE A SLEDGEHAMMER TO THE BACK OF TROOPER COLE’S HEAD and see how he fared.

    Name and address withheld here but not on the original e-mail.

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