Megan Hansen reported in yesterday’s Nisqually Valley News:
“The City of Yelm had its hands full when it received a five-page records request from a man who was tased and arrested in late June.
Raymond Leo Jarlik-Bell, 67, of Yelm, was arrested for obstructing a public servant after being pulled over for not having a back license plate…
Jarlik-Bell allegedly refused to get out of his vehicle and was combative with police, resulting in a Yelm officer tasing the man.”
Ed. Note: Mr. Bell’s next Court appearance is Thursday, September 16th, 11AM.
These comments to the online version of this story raise some very interesting points:
“The following are comments from the readers. In no way do they represent the view of yelmonline.com.”
bisarwisdom wrote on Sep 7, 2010 12:11 PM:
“After reading this article, I’m glad to see people standing up for their rights. If a 67 year old man was obstructing justice, and needed to be tased, then something is wrong with the officer’s decision making ability. I do not support anyone being tasered. I consider it to be attempted murder.
I have reviewed the stress and strain put on the human heart by these taser guns and it needs to stop.
How can we as the community stop these officers?
They do not have a license to kill. Recent news has proved over 500 deaths have occurred from tasers last year.
The geneva convention strictly prohibits the use of electronic warfare or biowarfare on all civilians. ”
Ranger wrote on Sep 8, 2010 1:46 PM:
” The writer says he is part of a “Constitutionalist movement”. I’m not sure if the writer knows that the officers who tazed him swore an Oath to the Constitution.
IF this man is a Constitutionalist, then why are the Officers Tazing him??? And, if these officers are not Constitutionalists which they aren’t, then they should be fired immediately for deprivation of rights.
The constitution was written for this nation by men who put their lives behind their autograph, so that we have the right of free travel without restrictions or licenses. The man in this article was exercising that right. This sounds like these Unconstitutionalist officers prevented him from doing that. I (for one) will not stand for this anymore. All you Officers who swore an Oath to the Constitution, you need to question what you are doing.
Your word is your bond.
And to the writer of this article- you have painted this man to be a criminal. You are probably too young to know the value of the Constitution. I suggest you read it before you write of something you do not know. ”
Det_Daddy wrote on Sep 8, 2010 2:00 PM:
” I believe if Law Enforcement Offcers were respected there wouldn’t be the need for tasers. These individuals have been tied with the political correctness that has swept our country. If someone hits a law enforcement officer, that officer has the right to hit them back and lock them up. But in this day and age of cell phone video that law enforcement officer would get crucified in the media. A sad state of affairs in my book. Respect the Law and you wouldn’t get tased, D A ”
ranger wrote on Sep 8, 2010 4:20 PM:
” “respect the law, and you won’t get tased”???
I’m not even going to discuss how ignorant that statement is.
You sir, have rights whether you choose to exercise them or not. The Constitution is so great that you even have the right to be governed by a corporation outside of the jurisdiction of the Constitution. That is how free you are (under the Constitution).
If you think ‘Law’ is statutes and corporate policies, then you need to go back and learn what Law is.
Good day. ”
THIS IS AN INTERESTING OCCURRENCE IN YELM, ESPECIALLY IN-LIGHT OF THIS NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE STORY BY FAREED ZAKARIA:
“What America Has Lost”
“Its clear we overreacted to 9/11.”
“But the rise of this national-security state has entailed a vast expansion in the governments powers that now touches every aspect of American life, even when seemingly unrelated to terrorism.”
TAZING A 67-YEAR OLD MAN IN YELM, WASHINGTON, USA FOR REFUSING TO GET OUT OF A VEHICLE FOR NOT HAVING A LICENSE PLATE?
OH, AND THE OBSTRUCTING A PUBLIC SERVANT CHARGE?
THE NVN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED THE POLICE OFFICER REACHED IN THE CAR FOR MR. JARIK-BELL’S BRIEFCASE.
HMMM! WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?