An elderly man in Florida was tasered by police after robbing a bank and using his walker in the slowest getaway ever.
Russell Cooper, 77, of Boynton Beach, Florida, took a PNC bank manager at knifepoint after becoming “increasingly agitated” after being told he had “consistent lack of funds” had led his account to be closed.
Frustrated by the news, Cooper pulled out a pocketknife and demanded the manager help him get the $130 he had requested.
After getting the money, Cooper attempted to escape using his walker while holding the manager hostage at knifepoint.
When police arrived, they told Cooper to put the knife down.
He refused, saying, “I’m not dropping it, I’m going to stick it in your [expletive] gut. I’m going to stab you if you don’t shoot me.”
At this time, a second police officer snuck behind Cooper and tased him.
It is understandable that the police would seek to neutralize the situation while putting as few lives in danger as possible. However, police today seem to be using brute force much more nonchalantly these days.
This was most evident last month when the NYPD tried to start a twitter trend and it backfired in a spectacular fashion. Instead of people tweeting photos of police helping elderly people cross the street and assisting in rescuing a runaway cat, thousands upon thousands of photos of police brutality were place on full display.
The NYPD was not alone in police brutality. In March, New Mexico police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man for sleeping on the foothills.
[box type=”shadow”]Sunday March 16th , 38-year-old James Boyd was shot dead by these police officers. Granted he did pull two knives on the police after they hurled a flash bang at his feet. Shortly after the police who are a very safe distance from a knife attack decide to open fire on Boyd. After Boyd collapses to the ground from the initial shots fired you can hear him say, “Please don’t hurt me anymore”. The police responded with more brutality firing bean bag rounds at the subdued and heavily wounded man. To add insult to injury they released the police dog. Because, why not right?[/box]
Fortunately, the police did not kill Cooper. However, it does add to the larger picture of police brutality. A 77-year-old man with a walker posed a greater danger to himself than anybody else. Police should have been able to subdue him without firing a taser at his back.
Watch Cooper rob the bank and stage one of the slowest getaways in history. Here’s the video from UPI.com.