Columbia's Police Review Board clears officers in Subway Taser incident

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 | 9:54 p.m. CDT; updated 3:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Citizens Police Review Board determined Wednesday that officers acted appropriately and followed protocol outlined in police policy when they stunned a man outside of a Subway with a Taser. 

Board members voted unanimously to accept the written police report and take no further action regarding the incident.

Officers responded to a call about a man trespassing at the Starbucks near the intersection of Ninth and Elm streets on Nov. 16. The man left the Starbucks, and officers found him at Subway, where he was uncooperative, according to a previous Missourian article.

The officers struggled to handcuff the man, and stunned him after giving him a warning. The man was then taken to University Hospital for evaluation, the article stated.

Police Chief Ken Burton dismissed initial complaints that officers involved used excessive force. The review board took the case after several residents filed an appeal, according to a Missourian report.

The board was supposed to hear testimony from both the officers involved and the Subway employees who witnessed the incident during the meeting. Both witnesses, though, were absent and the board decided hearing testimony from officers would be redundant.

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wise won April 14, 2011 | 4:15 a.m.
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Ellis Smith April 14, 2011 | 5:07 a.m.

@wise won:

I don't disagree with your comment but am fascinated by your "name." Are you of Chinese extraction? Please read the Missourian's rules for submitting posts.

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Nathan Whitaker April 14, 2011 | 6:23 a.m.

No kidding. If I'm required to post under my real name, then this clown should be held to the same standards. Come on Missourian, pull that comment.

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John Schultz April 14, 2011 | 9:24 a.m.

Why is material relating to the Derek Billups appeal attached to this story? He was not ther person at Starbucks.

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Patrick Sweet April 14, 2011 | 3:49 p.m.

Good observation John.

The story was tied to a package meant to show other stories concerning the review board.

The Derek Billups appeal should not have been featured in the sidebar.

Should be fixed now.

- Patrick Sweet
Assistant City Editor,

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