No Charges For Teen Taser Death

A prosecutor in Michigan says Bay City police will not be charged in the death of a 15-year-old who died after an officer used a Taser on him.

Bay County Prosecutor Kurt Asbury said in a statement Wednesday there isn't any evidence that the officers committed any criminal act.

Brett Elder died March 22 after an officer fired a Taser at him. Police say Elder was intoxicated and took an aggressive stance toward officers who were responding to a report of a fight.

The Bay City Times reports an autopsy found a two-part cause of death -- the use of the Taser and what it called "alcohol-induced excited delirium."


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  • by David Location: Pinetown on May 17, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    to Brother blue G-ville: You kee doing your job , you have my respect for what you and the rest of the force are doing .
  • by brother blue Location: G-ville on May 17, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Maddog, I did miss type, what I meant to type "I said SUIT not Shut up"...on your last statement there are only on set of Laws, it is the Judges and Lawyers who see fit to have the double standard, not the street cop.
  • by annon 2 on May 17, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    I agree with annon. It wouldn't have happened if he'd been SOBER!! He should have done like the officers told him to do. You don't know the entire situation or how many of his buddies were there that were egging him on. He should have been home and behaving. The police have a hard enough job dealing with sober 15 yr olds that haven't been taught to respect law enforcement. They do a pretty good job considering the environment they have to work in. There are so many people now that will sue for civil rights being violated and other just such stupid reasons. If you are obeying the law and behaving yourself, no problem. I know not all cops are good, but the vast majority are.
  • by Malachi Location: New Bern on May 17, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    The police were doing they're job, in the '60 they would have open fire. Thank goodness no one else was hurt, if the police never caught him someone else might have died.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 17, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    1st what is (sad SUIT0,2- I am not a judge.I am just a hard working man that will tell it like I see it. I don't care if it is a cop,A judges,or a lawyer,,,wrong is just wrong.There is laws for the rich and laws for the poor,so wake up and see it. I am a peace lover and try hard not to hurt anyone. But I will not live under a rock for NO MAN. That is all I have to say,so have a good day and GOD BLESS.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 17, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    I just love how people say "they could not handle a 15 yr. old?" Sure we could have handled him, would you rather us have beat him to submit? Works for me! The whole point of the taser is the fact that we do not have to go toe to toe with someone and basically beat or force them until they decide to go. As brother blue said, a few of you need to suit up if you think the job is "sooo easy", BLET classes start soon, feel free to drop off your application. I can assure you that its different from being a monday morning quaterback! Just because you can hang around a few of your drunk buddies doesnt mean you can handle a drunk stranger with a strong disliking of the police or any authority.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 17, 2009 at 03:34 AM
    WOW
  • by brother blue Location: G-ville on May 16, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    Maddog I sad S U I T up..not "shut up", that means, put the the uniform on and work as a Law Enforcement Officer in the highest crime area, with no one else but you to help you out. The job isn't about talking down a drunk, its about protecting those who can't, serving those who need it, and not answering questions of people who will never know what it is like to deal with bs from you arm chair judges, who never understand what the dark side of man is really like.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 16, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Please let this guy blue know I don't have a 9-5 desk job and no man can tell me to shut up. As far as his job ,I could do it. I have been around a lot of Drunks showing off and getting loud. Guess what,,none of them got hurt. We always talk them down. I have a family that counts on me well,, But I have never told and one to shut up and I will stand by what I said. I do have the RIGHT to feel and say what I want JUST AS LONG AS I DON"T HURT ANYONE.I don't wear BLUE,, I wear BLACK
  • by brother blue Location: G-ville on May 16, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Maddog please suit up, come out and do our job... Then you can speak about us, like all of us are the bad guys. We are LAW ENFORCEMENT, not LAW MAKERS. We only do what the Law allows. The most simple fact is the scum that infest this world would love if the Law took more powers away from us. In this case the 15 was drunk...em against the Law, the drunk male refused to comply with simple commands. The threat of physical force is the next level the Officers on scene had to deal with. The kid was in the wrong, his family is at fault for that, no one else... We are not paid to get hurt, we have family's that depend on us to come home the same way we left to go to work. Maddog does your job have a death rate? or are safe inside some Monday-Friday 8 to 5 desk job?
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