Friday, June 30, 2006

Wow-DeMyron Tazer'd

There were reports back in February that starting RB DeMyron Martin and a handful of other SMU athletes were arrested on lower Greenville. The report out there was that DeMyron Martin had been tazer'd as well. This was from a post on on February 21st:
Yes, DeMyron was unfortunately tazered. Yes, he was unjustly tazered. DeMyron was attempting to "point out" the actual male who assaulted one of the players while in the club. None of the football players were consuming alcohol. Resources say the officer was intimidated by DeMryons size and perhaps he jumped the gun or shall I say tazer.

Well, as it turns out, it appears it was all true. WFAA's Brett Shipp has been conducting an investigation in to excessive force by the DPD on Lower Greenville. That investigation led him to SMU's DeMyron Martin and Fred Turner (and their lawyer, of course).

SMU star running back DeMyron Martin told News 8 he was shot with a Taser and arrested by overly-aggressive officers—officers the department continues to defend.

Martin is one of the most gifted young running backs in recent memory at SMU. But the freshman scholarship athlete's promising future nearly came to a shocking halt at the hands of a Dallas officer last February.

He was jolted to the ground with a taser gun, handcuffed and charged with resisting arrest after questioning an officer who had arrested another teammate for fighting.
Teammate Fred Turner, who also witnessed the arrest, said Martin was not out of line and had committed no crime.
Turner then watched as the officer drew his Taser gun and took his teammate to the ground with an electrical jolt of 50,000 volts. "He was crying, tears, screaming. Screaming, 'No!' It sounded like they were torturing him," Turner said.

Turner said he was so disturbed by what he saw, he grabbed his cell phone camera and started recording the incident.

Here is the Channel 8 report.

Here is the print version of the story.

Here is the DMN's version.

Before you jump the gun, this may or may not be true. But I will say this, Martin and Turner came across really well on TV.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So there was a bar fight, which the players may or may not have been a part of, and while the police were trying to restore order, he grabbed (Turner's words) the officers shoulder? What did he expect?