SBI Now Investigating Halifax County Taser Death

The State Bureau of Investigation is now looking into the death of a Halifax County man after he was hit with a Taser.

Police say Roger Anthony, 61, was riding his bike along a road in Scotland Neck Monday night when he was ordered by Officer John Turner to stop.

Officers had received a call about a man on a bike who fell and may have been drunk.

When Anthony failed to respond to the officer, Turner shocked Anthony with a Taser and he fell off his bike. Anthony's family says the disabled man, who suffered from seizures and had trouble hearing, was declared brain dead at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. He died after being taken off life support.

The mayor of Scotland Neck called for North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation to look into what happened. He says Anthony did not pose a threat.

Wednesday morning an SBI spokeswoman told WITN News they were asked by Scotland Neck police and the district attorney to investigate the death.

Turner, who has only been on the force for a month, has been placed on desk duty.


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  • by Petey Pirate on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    This man would be alive today if it was not for this police officer. Bottom line.
  • by tom Location: wilson on Nov 29, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    my son is a police officer, he treats people with respect he tells me me he treats them how he would want to be treated, he tells me most of the time he can talk them in going on and put their hands behind their back he even has some people with warrants request him to come arrest them because he gives everyone respect but there are some he says you have no choice and he hates it because he can get hurt just as easy as they can, so just remember not all police officers are gun ho,there are bad apples in any kind of work place, so dont disrespect all of them they may save your life oneday
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Most of the people who are taking up for the popo are criminals who make deals with them. They committ a crime and get away with it. Atleast that's how they do it in Martin County. Actually in Martin County they do more than that. And speaking of Martin County someone please explain to me why are the cops sitting down main street at the Chicken Kitchen and in front of the cleaners and down by path leading to go on the bypass. Are you looking for someone or waiting for the truck to deliver your jelly doughnuts?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    "Be careful of the popo" "be careful of the popo". The only people who can kill and get away with it.
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      by 40some on Nov 27, 2011 at 09:46 PM in reply to
      Everyone can kill and get away with it so long as you pull your gun first...
  • by blank Location: noneya on Nov 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    All police are scum!! Especially small town cops, have nothing better todo but give someone a hard time.. pure trash! And who so ever called in and reported this poor soul on a bike..even if he fell or he had been drinking has no life & sold their soul to become a rat! My prayers for this mans family ..pity
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      by Bob on Nov 27, 2011 at 01:54 PM in reply to blank
      I really hope something bad happens to you! That you need the police and they don't come to your aid. There are bad apples in every police department, I won't disagree there. But to call all police scum is absurd. There are plenty of good officers out there that do their job day in and day out with no problems.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 03:17 PM in reply to Bob
        If he wants to live he better not call the popo.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM
    40some keeps talking about blue lights. Sometimes smartpants(not) they will put on their blue lights just to get by you. I was done like that by a cop twice. They get behind you, ride behind you for spell, and then put on their blue lights. Then when you pull over they fly past you. So I never know if they are trying to stop me or trying to get by me. I know other people have had this happen to them, because it has happen to my mother also.
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      by Tarzan on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM in reply to
      Every call the police go on does not require them to run blue lights all the way to their destination. But they needed you to move so they could get there.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to Tarzan
        One of them turn off the blue lights after they got pass me.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    Do you really think Scotland Neck can afford dash cams? Really people... start doing some research, matter of fact, why don't you all drive thought there and ask an officer to see the inside of their car? Ask them so see the dash cam and then ask them why they don't have them... You guys watch way too much tv.
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      by 40some on Nov 27, 2011 at 09:45 PM in reply to
      I don't even know where scotland neck is much less what's in the cars. If I've ever been there I don't remember it. Really Anonymous...
  • by michelle Location: washington on Nov 25, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    This story just makes me sick to my stomach. I had an uncle who suffered from seizures and just like this man he rode a bike. There were many days when he woke up in a strangers house because he had a seizure and fell off his bike. I blame the person who called the law. Had they went and checked on him maybe all of this could have been avoided.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM in reply to michelle
      I agree with you the family should sue that person.
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      by Petey Pirate on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:46 AM in reply to michelle
      It isnt the person fault who called about suspicious activity. Thats what you are supposed to do. Just like it isnt anyone elses responsibility to look after your crazy uncle. You should have been doing it.
  • by I see stupid people Location: New Bern on Nov 25, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    It is hard to believe that there are so many stupid people out there that actually know how to type. Anyone who has received training on Tasers know they are are "LESS" lethal, not "NON" lethal, and cause injury/death less times than say a gun, or baton, pepper spray, or putting hands on. Although WITN may not have put all the facts on this story, we have enough to form an EDUCATED opinion. 1- The officer responded to a report of a possible DWI on bicycle. In NC it is against the law to operate a bicycle while impaired by any impairing substance. 2- The officer made audio AND visual attempts to get the subject to stop,(blue lights/siren/verbal) and the subject looked at him and refused to stop. Most people know that when an officer turns on his lights and siren and tells you to stop...you stop. 3- he took something out of his pocket and put it in his mouth. This could have been an attempt to get rid of drugs or other illegal substances, which contrary to the belief of many it is illegal. 4- The subject had a possible weapon. Yes dummies if the officer had tried to go hands on the subject could have used the bike as a weapon against the officer. Based off no more than this article a REASONABLE person could see that the officer had a LEGAL right to stop the suspect, the suspect appeared to willingly refused to stop, the suspect APPEARED to be trying to dispose of evidence, and the officer had a LEGAL right to use LESS than LETHAL force in this matter.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 25, 2011 at 10:33 PM in reply to I see stupid people
      There is never a reason to use force of any kind unless a person is resisting arrest or directly endangering themselves or the public. This offer murdered somebody for ridding a bike. I hope he can sleep at night knowing the devil is waiting in Hell for him.
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        by Petey Pirate on Dec 2, 2011 at 03:46 AM in reply to
        Thats right.
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      by Blondine Anthony on Dec 5, 2011 at 04:15 PM in reply to I see stupid people
      first off the officer had only been in town on the job for a month. my uncle knew all the cops and all of them knew him and his medical history which included seizures and hearing loss. the officer was responding to a "possible" drunk man on a bike, but if he would have took the time and pulled his vehicle in front of my uncle's bike to ensure that my uncle saw him as well as recognized and understood what he was saying, he could have one realized that my uncle was not drunk but had probably just had a seizure and two helped get him to a hospital where he could have received the help he needed and would have been able to spend thanksgiving with us this year. instead this police officer tasered an unarmed 61 year old man in the back and because of the fact that my uncle is as weak as he is he toppled over, hit his head on the pavement and is now dead. So please excuse me. And as far as the so called illegal substance in his pocket, how the hell can he ride a bike with a coffee from the ep market in one hand and take drugs with the other hand? this wasn't some young punk or drug dealer or drunk. he was my freaking sick uncle.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    Well "uh" as a professional law enforcement officer I totally agree that post high school formal education should be mandated for law enforcement. We only have one little problem there. In the town of Scotland Neck the starting pay for police officers is somewhere around $25,000 a year give or take. Now take grad with $60,000 worth of school loan debt due at the tune of $300.00 a month. Why would he take the measely $25,000 a year. He wouldn't he is going out to seek much higher paying law enforcement work. Until we get the base pay for law enforcement raised drastically across the board its going to be hard to recruit and hire college grads for local law enforcement positions.
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      by Tim on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:14 AM in reply to
      Well, Halifax county in general, could kick in a little more to Scotland Neck if the money wasnt tied all up in that sham Pardonwood east. Shady back door and undertable deals in the small towns is why you get corrupt law enforcement. The higher ups have to have law enforcement in place that will overlook thier own activity.
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