May
7
2010
Tased and Confused
By Stephanie Wei under General

Apparently it’s not just the cops in Philly that are getting overzealous with their stun guns. Via the AP:

A 36-year-old man attending the second round of The Players Championship has been subdued by a Taser.

Travis Parmelee, of Jacksonville, has been charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence. Course marshals notified the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office that Parmelee was yelling at players Friday and being belligerent near the 11th hole.

Capt. Dave Messenger says officers responded and attempted to calm Parmelee down, but says he became more combative. Officers tried to take Parmelee into custody, but he resisted and was Tasered once. Messenger says Parmelee had been drinking.

Alcohol was involved? No way! And no, it was not Tiger-related.

Just four days ago, a seventeen-year-old was tasered when he ran onto the field at Citizen’s Bank Park, which sparked a debate over whether such force was appropriate. (Yes, totally different situation.) While I don’t have much sympathy for the stupid, drunk louts that can’t handle their booze and yell mind-numbing, cliched cracks, it does a bit excessive to zap a guy. I mean, it wasn’t like he was wielding a pistol and running into the fairway, or worse, heckling Tiger.

Was resorting to shock therapy necessary in this case? What exactly happened? Yes, I read what the police said, but I’d like to hear a third party’s side of the story. If you were lucky enough to witness the debacle (and sober enough to remember it), email me (steph.wei@gmail.com). Please.

I’m shocked I could only find one picture, but apparently there was only one credentialed photographer present. And he didn’t catch an action shot (or maybe he did, but couldn’t run it). You know, like this one! Now I know fans aren’t allowed to bring in cell phones, but there has to be at least a few who were clever enough to slip by the vaunted security (hint: shoe). If you have any pictures, you know what to do.

[Photo via The Florida Times-Union]