Gay porn actor Dustin Michaels dies by being tasered by the police..

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    Dec 21, 2009 4:42 AM GMT
    porn actor Dustin Michaels died in Panama City, Fla. early Saturday morning after being tasered by police, and accidentally choking on a bag of marijuana that he was trying to get rid off. Dustin was a proud marijuana advocate. Micheal was only 23 years old.You may have seen him on brokestraightboys.com

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    Dec 21, 2009 11:57 AM GMT
    I always hate hearing anyones life cut short but this was clearly too young and avoidable.
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    Dec 21, 2009 12:30 PM GMT
    It actually happened in Panama City Beach. The Executive Inn where it happened is only about a mile from my house.
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    Dec 21, 2009 1:20 PM GMT
    well, drugs are illegal, and duh dont swallow things bigger then your elbow.
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    Dec 21, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    Stupid…just plain stupid
    Had two or three of these a week come into the ER and a few died before we could figure out what they had ingested; on minute you’re getting vital signs, the next you’re doing CPR.
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    Dec 21, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    Thats a horrible video. No respect for the family of this man, I cant imagine his parents having to see this or being able to.

    What a shame.
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    Dec 21, 2009 1:59 PM GMT

    Harrowing stuff. A huge waste. Trying to assign blame in this one would miss the point. It's just a gruesome reminder of how quickly we can go from the living, breathing, thinking miracles we are to lumps of compost.

    My heart goes out to everyone involved in this and to the young man's family and friends.
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    Dec 21, 2009 2:02 PM GMT
    How horrible. And how silly that some soft drugs are legal and others not.... just a reason to get conservative panties in a wad.

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    Dec 21, 2009 2:18 PM GMT
    Wow what a waste.
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    Dec 21, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
    I have great reservations about tasers. Seems like their so-called non-lethal nature has encouraged police to use them at the drop of a hat, and so we get horror stories of tasering 10-year-old girls and elderly grandmothers, and of repeated taserings that kill people outright. You challenge a police officer about anything, however peacefully, and :::ZAP::: down you go.

    The case here is different, and yet in some ways the same. Right-wingers will of course applaud this death, because, after all, the guy was doing SOMETHING wrong, and so therefore he deserved to die. Plus he was associated with the gay world, AND had drugs. Enough reason to kill him twice over.

    I dunno, I once thought the use of potentially lethal force had to be justified by some rather exact and narrow criteria. Even we in the US Army Military Police had to comply with that. Nowadays US police have a James Bond license to kill.

    And you know these guys will get an automatic paid administrative leave (aka paid vacation) while a perfunctory investigation is done, which is really about letting enough time elapse so that the public will have forgotten by the time they're totally exonerated, a foregone conclusion. ESPECIALLY in the heavily red-neck northern Florida panhandle. Oh well, see Florida and die.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    onstagebuffnaked saidwell, drugs are illegal, and duh dont swallow things bigger then your elbow.


    Watching the video there was clearly NO reason to use force. None. Why didn't they cuff him while he was on the ground?

    Three cops to ONE person. Horrible. At least they attempted to perform the heimlich.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:08 PM GMT
    He was still resisting. They were trying to pull his arm back and he was still fighting. My question would be why didn't he just comply first? Why swallow the drugs? They were responding to the worse call of law enforcement. A domestic dispute. He had just battered his female companion.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:10 PM GMT
    A whole life snuffed out! And for what? Some pot? Poor guy. Dead now.......he could have had a life.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
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    Watching the video there was clearly NO reason to use force. None. Why didn't they cuff him while he was on the ground?

    Three cops to ONE person. Horrible. At least they attempted to perform the heimlich.
    Oh please! Don't blame the police on this. The guy wasn't cooperating. They're doing their job. It's sad but he is accountable for what he did, it wasn't the police that did it.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    Outrageous. Just INSANE that POT is illegal here - and that police are so damned aggressive. Absurd. Wasteful. Disgusting. icon_cry.gif

    My condolences to his family and friends - and this thing we call "justice" in the USA.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    eb925guy said
    GwgTrunks said
    Watching the video there was clearly NO reason to use force. None. Why didn't they cuff him while he was on the ground?

    Three cops to ONE person. Horrible. At least they attempted to perform the heimlich.
    Oh please! Don't blame the police on this. The guy wasn't cooperating. They're doing their job. It's sad but he is accountable for what he did, it wasn't the police that did it.


    I agree, I believe the police acted accordingly in this situation.
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    Dec 21, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    I've only spoken to the kid like twice....but I'm sitting here in tears that they would even show that clip.


    regardless if he was breaking the law or not......
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    Dec 21, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    Darwin takes another.

    Even if your not in duress swallowing something like that isn't a bright idea. Lesson here should be avoid illegal activities.
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    Dec 21, 2009 5:14 PM GMT
    I do illegal activities. Im not stupid enough to get caught.
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    Dec 21, 2009 5:19 PM GMT
    res_ident saidOutrageous. Just INSANE that POT is illegal here - and that police are so damned aggressive. Absurd. Wasteful. Disgusting. icon_cry.gif

    My condolences to his family and friends - and this thing we call "justice" in the USA.
    The police are doing their job and after answering call after call of people aggressive, mad, drunk, high and whatever, with or without weapons, I don't consider their actions as aggressive. He chose to resist them long before they tasered him. It's time people take responsibility for their actions. This is very sad, a young guy that did NOT need to die but I don't think you should be blaming this on the police or the use of tasers. Yes, this is our justice system. It includes people who do things illegal (whether you agree with pot being illegal or not) and then when bad things happen everyone tries to blame it on someone besides the one that caused the problem.

    I'm sorry for this kids death, I feel bad for his friends and family. There's nothing to indicate that he was a bad person but he made a decision the ingest the bag and it cost him his life. The taser would not have killed him if he hadn't ingested the bag. As for the showing of this video, that's our media. If it bleeds, it leads. This is a top story for them and since we as a public don't object, it will continue.
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    Dec 21, 2009 5:44 PM GMT
    Uh....I woulda shot him. Thats also why I am not a cop.
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    Dec 21, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    So many things at fault here.... I think I'm going to blame the marijuana laws in the States.
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    Dec 21, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    jockmania saidI do illegal activities. Im not stupid enough to get caught.

    Until you get caught.

    We all do something illegal at some time. Mostly in the US it's minor traffic violations. We roll through a Stop sign, we go over the speed limit, we park where we shouldn't.

    Your statement above begs the question "how illegal" and the observation that every criminal always assumes getting caught isn't gonna happen. Until it does happen.

    I merely hope your claimed illegal activities are not at the expense of anyone else, which is the greatest crime in my view. Indeed, my personal definition of a crime is based on that: how did it hurt someone else? Can you enlighten us?
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    Dec 21, 2009 6:04 PM GMT
    The use of tasers remains highly controversial. Here in a Canada there is a high profile case of a new immigrant arriving at the airport who became panicky and confused. He couldn't speak English and had been in the airport for hours. He then lost it and threw a chair threw a window and became agressive. He died after repeated Taser shocks. I also have a client who died after being Tasered - he was under the influence of drugs and out of control.

    Yes, I agree the police have a tough job and have to make split decisions in an emergency. And I applaud them for taking on such challenging situations to keep us safe. But the Taser can be a lethal weapon. Are we saying that the possible side effect of death warrants its continued use? People do stupid things like take drugs and get aggressive and resist arrest. But its not a capital crime. If you heard that a family member of yours got agressive after getting stoned or drunk and died after being tasered would you be so quick to shrug it off with casual 'Oh, he knew what he was doing. He's responsible'?
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    Dec 21, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
    Um what's the moral of the story? Don't resist arrest. Don't fight them and try and get up like that. He would be alive today had he just cooperated.

    It's a terrible tragedy, but a completely avoidable one.