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Family wants answers after Cary police use Taser on man

Posted March 13, 2013
Updated March 14, 2013

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— The family of a Raleigh man who was pulled over by Cary police Tuesday want answers after they say he was tasered and ended up in the hospital. 

According to police spokeswoman Susan Moran, Michael Anthony Peacock, 41, was pulled over about 6 p.m. at Lake Pine Drive and Maynard Road for speeding. Officers said Peacock failed to comply and began running from police, who pursued him.

Police confirmed that officers used a Taser on Peacock, and that he did fall and suffer injuries. His family said he had a fractured skull and broken back. 

"His nerves are damaged," Phyllis Cook, Peacock's mother said. "His prognosis to ever walk again is very slim."

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore said officers followed procedure when pursuing Peacock, but his relatives said they believe police used excessive force. 

"Our officers, they were conducting an investigation which led to a drug investigation," Bazemore said. "During the process of that, Mr. Peacock fled, and our general orders do allow for our officers to deploy the Taser in those circumstances." Raleigh family Police, family at odds after officers use Taser on man

Peacock was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to sell marijuana and resisting arrest, and Moran said officers found drugs in his possession following the traffic stop.

Peacock's girlfriend said he called her as he was being pulled over, but that she never heard back from him.

Some time later, Peacock's family said they found out he was at WakeMed. His condition was not immediately available Wednesday, but his family said he will undergo surgery Thursday. 

The family has hired an attorney, and Bazemore said the department's internal affairs unit is looking into the case. The police officer involved in the incident remains on duty.


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  • dejavu2u Mar 15, 2:40 p.m.

    Here's your answers... your son was a drug dealer, a habitual felon who ran because he would never get out of prison if caught. Just look at the charges! Oh, and he would be in a hospital if he had followed the officers orders. So... how is this the fault of police again?

    The family is just setting the stage for another frivolous lawsuit. Gotta replace that drug sales income somehow!!

  • miketroll3572 Mar 15, 11:31 a.m.

    You can't tell me his family didn't knw what he was up too!

  • common tater Mar 15, 11:04 a.m.

    They didn't hire a lawyer to get answers...the headline should read "Family Wants Payday...".

  • kornfan2448 Mar 15, 11:00 a.m.

    I'm sure had they asked him to politely cease his running, he would have just stopped.

  • Minarchist Mar 15, 8:22 a.m.

    For the real fun, here’s the link to his criminal record, which includes assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

    http://goo.gl/mdWVX Vincent Vega March 14, 2013 4:26 p.m. Report abuse

    Say it ain't so Shaggy!!!
    March 14, 2013 7:55 p.m.
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    This proves my point PERFECTLY. The SYSTEM failed us. He INFRINGED on someone elses liberties. His penalty was not harsh enough. You could make drugs a death penalty crime and people will still seek drugs. Knee jurk reactions always seek to eliminate the wrong problem. Its like trying to emliminate guns. Guns dont kill, people kill. Drugs dont kill, people kill. Drones dont kill, people kill. See the pattern?

  • RM24 Mar 14, 7:58 p.m.

    "This is whats wrong with these people."

    What does "these" people mean, exactly? FourAutumn March 14, 2013 8:25 a.m.

    "These people" = stupid criminals Report abuse
    March 14, 2013 9:20 a.m.
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    Good try to be racist! Appears this kind of thing is easily seen for what it is now a days. If you don't understand that the word these people can mean something other than black then you need educating!

  • RM24 Mar 14, 7:55 p.m.

    For the real fun, here’s the link to his criminal record, which includes assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

    Vincent Vega
    March 14, 2013 4:26 p.m.
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    Say it ain't so Shaggy!!!

  • RM24 Mar 14, 7:51 p.m.

    Time for Rev Barber to show up and blame someone besides the one who is at fault

  • RM24 Mar 14, 7:44 p.m.

    And who's fault was it that he was a drug dealer? That doesn't matter though? Just can't take responsibility for his actions! Imagine if he had no drugs and had not ran from the police?

  • heelzfan4 Mar 14, 7:22 p.m.

    His family should also be worried about the other families he has ruined with his drugs. His Mother hiring an attorney to look into the police's actions speaks volumes about his parenting...or the lack of.