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Santa Monica Policewoman Tasers Homeless Man To Protect Fellow Officer: APB: The Twilight Zone?

On Sunday, Oct. 23, at 8:45 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department went to the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a verbal argument report. When the first officer arrived, she stopped her vehicle and saw that a male suspect was running towards her, so she accelerated away until she was at a safe enough distance to disembark from the police car.

At that time the officer confronted the suspect, who began to challenge the officer to a fight as he was taking off his clothes. A second officer arrived at that time, and the suspect then began to charge at him as he was exiting his vehicle.

At that point the first officer used her Taser, and tased him. This was done in order to prevent the suspect from attacking her partner. The suspect was then arrested and charged with resisting a police officer and a probation violation.

The bail for this 51-year-old homeless man was set at $10,000. Incidentally, the very same gentleman was arrested the night before, after he had attacked a police vehicle by punching it, causing some damage to the vehicle. He was cited out at that time due to a “medical” condition.

Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.

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