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Deputy uses stun gun on naked man in Wrightsville Beach

Posted June 1, 2010

— An East Carolina University student faces a charge of indecent exposure following an incident in Wrightsville Beach in which a sheriff's deputy used a stun gun on him while he was naked.

The Wilmington Star-News reported Tuesday that Matthew Martin Pick, 23, was also charged Saturday with resisting and obstructing a public officer.

A video posted on YouTube shows Pick, who is listed as a linebacker on ECU's football team roster, lying facedown, naked in the middle of a local street as a large crowd watches the arrest take place.

At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said a deputy told Pick to stop streaking and that the deputy used the Taser gun when he didn't stop, the Star News reported.

McMahon said the use of the stun gun was justified. The office's internal affairs division, however, is investigating.


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  • 4Just-ice2 Jun 3, 2010

    Here's a problem: Let's tie up the court system with non threatening crimes so drug dealers, rapists, and murders get off easier. Give the kid community service and let him live with the humiliation. He will also be reprimanded from ECU. Didn't you guys see "Old School"? Some people are just dumb enough to try it. In my opinion the Taser was a little overboard-it should only be used in a life threatening situation.

  • Vietnam Vet Jun 1, 2010

    "The naked truth is you just can't teach common sense to either side of this matter."
    The officer in opinion did what was necessary to effect the arrest. He obviously didn' t comply with the officer's orders. Would you rather the officer had beaten this guy into submission? Was the streaking stupid...yes!! Was it against the law...YES!! Was the arrest justified...yes! Was the taser justified...YES!!

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Jun 1, 2010

    Seriously? Now if that don't make Moma proud....just say'n.

  • pinball wizard Jun 1, 2010

    I feel safer. Imagine a college kid doing something stupid.

    Pick should be sentenced to 15 years in jail, 3000 hours of
    community service and intensive therapy.


  • lorivalentine1 Jun 1, 2010

    Guess he will think twice about his stupid actions next time...

  • larky74406 Jun 1, 2010

    Another dangerous criminal off the streets. I know I'll sleep better tonight.

  • doggie Jun 1, 2010

    He looks pretty cute. Too bad we didn't go to Wrightsville for the weekend.

  • Inter Alios Jun 1, 2010

    The naked truth is you just can't teach common sense to either side of this matter.

  • Gab Jun 1, 2010

    shock treatment works wonders for some people...

  • wildcat Jun 1, 2010

    WOW! I know that was painful. But the man should have obeyed the law. The officer was right on this one.