Sunday, May 24, 2009

Salem Police Taser Man To Death

Yesterday, a man who was trespassing at an apartment complex in South Salem was beaten and tasered to death by 4 Salem police officers. According to a witness, he was beaten and tased repeatedly. It's also been reported that this man had a developmental disability. There's not a lot of information out there yet, but as soon as there is I will update this posting. It's looking like there are a whole lot of unanwered questions that need answering!

From the Oregonian...

Salem man dies after police shoot him with a Taser
by Stephen Beaven, The Oregonian

Sunday May 24, 2009, 7:25 AM

A purported trespasser died Saturday night after he was shot with a Taser as Salem police officers tried to arrest him.

Gregory Rold, 37, died at Salem Hospital shortly before 9:30 p.m., police said today.

Officers were called to an apartment on Royvonne Avenue SE in Salem about 7:38 p.m. following a report of a man who was trespassing. They encountered Rold, who resisted arrest, prompting officers to shoot him with a Taser and beat him with their batons. After he was handcuffed, officers said Rold was unconscious.

Four officers were placed on administrative leave while Rold's death is being investigated.


Villager said...

Do you have any information on the race of the victim? Was he white or Black?

In any case, he is the 20th person killed by taser in America so far this calendar year.

peace, Villager

David McDonald said...

I saw a picture of him on the local tv news this morning. Definately Black.