First Court Appearance For Ex-Deputy In Tasing Case

A former Hyde County deputy sheriff had his first court appearance Friday after his arrest for allegedly repeatedly tasing two people.

According to a court clerk, Mike Gaskill showed up to court without an attorney and said he would be hiring his own lawyer. His next court date was set for November 16th.

An indictment says deputy Gaskill "willingly and feloniously restrained" Roland Cooper on April 8th of last year and assaulted him by repeatedly using a Taser.

The second case happened on June 20th, 2008. That indictment says Tyree Bond was assaulted when the deputy used a Taser on him for 24 seconds.

Gaskill, according to a statement from Sheriff David Mason, was a certified law enforcement officer with approximately three years experience. Mason fired the deputy after his arrest.

Gaskill is facing two felonious restraint charges and two misdemeanor simple assault charges.


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  • by Joe Location: Rocky Mount on Sep 12, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    There are quite a few document cases on the Internet where cops wrongfully tased someone. Copwatch.net is one website, which tracks police abuse and criminal cops. Even Mike Gaskill is featured on that website. Defense lawyers would get a woody over there. I'm glad that Gaskill got fired over wrongfully tasing those two men.
  • by AZ Location: NC on Sep 11, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    To Realistic: No, it's not the NAACP confusing the issues. It's individuals like you who don't know how to comprehend the charge and situation at hand. What if these individuals where all white. I wonder if you would comment on the NAACP. I really don't care what race is involved in this situation with former deputy Gaskill. I stand for right, and hope justice will prevail with the truth coming out. You have completely "butchered" this story. Please try and stick with the issues at hand. I have been following this case since it was made public. I don't recall anything regarding the NAACP getting on the news media, newpapers, and radio talk show(s) about this case in Hyde County. Please prove your case about the NAACP pressuring the DA's office to prosecute this case. Again, I will be awaiting your response now.
  • by Realistic Location: Eastern NC on Sep 11, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    To AZ---Just keep in mind that the NAACP has been confusing the real issues for more than sixty years now. They can push a department or DA's office to makes charges where there should be none and force them to drop charges that should be made. The race card is a powerful tool.
  • by AZ Location: NC on Sep 11, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    To: Hyde County Man posting "I'm sure the deputy didn't do any tazing that didn't need done." Instead of you trying to make it a case for the deputy saying it's just a group of people who are whining about oppression. I'm educated and can comprehend where you are going with this. I wished you had the balls to say it. Secondly, don't get mad with the victim's here. Obviously, there must have been some evidence presented before competent judicial and law enforcement officials to come to the decision they did to "indict" Gaskill. If this case is so much like "hog wash," then why did the DA's office pursue to charge the case. We know a citizen cannot obtain a "felony" warrant on another person. I will hold my judgment on Gaskill until the case is over. However, I find it mind bothering people like you try and make competent individuals in the judicial system look like they made a rush to charge etc. Is that what the case is? I look forward to your response.
  • by concerned Location: Hyde County on Sep 11, 2009 at 12:47 PM
    It's really sad to see he condition that our world has come to. The law and all. That's exactly why citizen's don't respect law enforcement anymore. They abuse their authority. I don't know the situation, if there was any resistance or not. If you were to take their weapons from them, what would they do then. The same as in the prison. They provoke the guys to do things so that will give them a reason to harm them. I bet if you see them in the street they would turn and run the other way. This world need to come together, God is not pleased with this mess that man has created here on earth.
  • by Hyde County Man Location: Englehard on Sep 11, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    I'm sure the deputy didn't do any tazing that didn't need done. This is just more whining from that certain group that always makes everything out to be oppression, no matter what the thug in question did to be restrained and arrested. I believe there needs to be a LOT MORE tazing going on, in Hyde county and elsewhere. Give the deputy his job back ... and issue him an extra tazer! LOL
  • by wayln Hall Location: Salem,Va on Sep 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM
    Better,to,Taze,Than,use,deadly,force,...I'm,shure,the,officer,was,just,doing,his,job,,the,whole,story,,prob.,is,not,being,told,,...Yet!!
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