Naked ECU Student Tazed at Beach

An ECU student and a former football player is out of jail after being tazed by deputies in New Hanover County this past weekend. Deputies say Matthew Pick was running naked down a crowded street.

It happened early Sunday morning at Wrightsville Beach and the whole thing was caught on camera. Pick, who is 23-years-old, was charged with indecent exposure and resisting/obstructing a public officer.

New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon defended his deputy's use of a taser on a streaking suspect, but the man who shot the video told WECT in Wilmington that Pick was not presenting any threat.

The video, which was posted on youtube.com, also showed a deputy threatening Stephen Stearns for shooting the video. The sheriff told WECT that his officer acted out of line by threatening to arrest Stearns for shooting the video and that he has counseled the deputy that he can't arrest someone for filming on public property.


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  • by HotRod on Jun 10, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    If I were only so brave. Funnest story of the year! aarrgh!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM
    I find it rediculous that WITN wants to throw in the fact that this was an ECU student. Who cares if he played football? Who cares where he went, ECU, UNCW, UNCC, A&T, NCSU, Wake, Montana, Buffalo, Florida Atlantic, who gives a rat's behind? Also Dave, where you said EZU EZU, you would have to say NCZU, UNZ, UNZW, NZ A & T, and UNZA, and I'll challenge you boy. Where do you want me to challenge you at? Don't forget I was accepted to Wake and UVA but still chose ECU and I'm now a CPA. I bet most of these ECU bashers are uneducated high school dropouts on crack anyways.
  • by PK on Jun 8, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Hi Dave! I have no interest in coffee with you. I'm far too busy (I have a career, and all...) and given your typical disposition, don't feel like you deserve me buying you a cup of coffee (considering your money must be tight). Besides, people would wonder what an intelligent woman like me is doing with a bitter vagrant. Further, caffeine is not a mood altering chemical that'll assist what ails you. Then again, there are no known psychotropics that really help personality malady (I'm rhyming and I'm not even the English graduate!). To the point: your non-answers to my questions provide ALL the answers that I suspected. You continue to displace your sense of inadequacy by typing mean-spirirted posts on here to those that you (for perplexing reason! You've never shown one WHIT of insight or modicum of intelligence)somehow feel geographically superior to. We'll just keep up our friendly internet exchanges, thank you. It's rather akin to toying with an effervescent yet dull minded puppy.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:21 PM
    HHHHAAAAA!!! HHHHAAAAA!!!! The punk deserved to get tazed. You act like a fool, you get treated like a fool!! Just maybe, "Old School", when you ignorant buddy is dabbing petrolium jelly on his world champion cement burns, he will reflect on the absolute stupidity of his naked jaunt. Maybe you could help with the dabbing, do it in a loving way.
  • by Dave Location: Find out on Jun 7, 2010 at 07:52 PM
    PK, I am doing just fine thank you. I'm sure that you are just soooo genuinely concerned about my well being. Perhaps we can discuss this over a cup of coffee someday.
  • by PK on Jun 7, 2010 at 07:15 PM
    Dave: Have you found a job yet to start paying off your seemingly worthless degree in English? Or is this correction of Tina's typo the editing job that you were searching for on-line? Though, I don't believe WITN pays for our commentary here. Are you still here in Greenville? If yes, it must be of your own accord, or due to lack of funds. LOL! Perhaps you can go back to Pa. (goodbye San Diego dream) and not work there as well as you can loaf here. Welcome to your bleak future. Just as I and others have long predicted. Again, this is due to your characterological issues, really. These will never change. Update please, Dave. I long for the days when you waxed glorious on here about your delusional dreams of post graduation employment and relevance. Dave meet irrelevance. You two will be long time acquaintances. So, still unemployed and living off in-laws or the government dole? If NC is helping to support you, you should really be more respectful of your financial master, idle boy.
  • by That Guy Location: Over There on Jun 7, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    @Anon...Dude, if it takes you 3 hours to kill a 12 pack, you can't hack it at ECU. Just sayin'
  • by Dave Location: Find out on Jun 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    Yeah Bob! Tina feels MUSH safer in Greenville than anywhere else she has lived!
  • by Old School Location: Greenville on Jun 7, 2010 at 09:25 AM
    That ...is ...awesome! College kid streaking? Wow, look out Al Quieda, rapists, drug dealers and murderers-- America's new number on threats are kids streaking! Cops and their toys, never cease to amaze me. Just CATCH the guy. Geeeesh. No excuse for the excessive force. If you are too fat as a cop to chase the guy and you shot him just because you are fat and lazy and can't do your job effectively--- then shame on you! Slotheness is not excuse to SHOT somebody with a tazer. This is shameful all the way around. Shameful for Wrightsville beach, shameful for the pathetic cop and shameful for the kid who undoubtedly has world champion cement burn. Law suits anybody?
  • by Tina Location: NC on Jun 6, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    Ob Bob...nice to know that their are still uneducated idiots in this world who make remarks and not know any facts. You obviosly know nothing about Greenville or ECU. Yes it has problems but everywhere does. Greenville is one of the nicest places I have ever lived. I felt mush safer there than any other place I have lived. (Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham, Richmond, NYC, Orlando). Work keeps me traveling and when I come across a Pirate I am thrilled. Pirates have more positive school spirit and education than the people I have been stuck working with in the triangle. Lets not forget how terrible crime is in the Triangle and how Greenville's crime rate is nearly nothing compared to it. I love idiots!...without people like you, those of us who are intelligent wouldn't have anyone to feel sorry for.
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