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Fayetteville police testing Tasers after man's death

Posted August 29, 2011

— Less than a week after a Fayetteville man died during a struggle with police, in which a stun gun was used, the police chief has asked all officers to turn in their Tasers for testing.

Michael Wade Evans, 56, of Simpson Street, collapsed Wednesday after being stunned with a Taser during a struggle with three Fayetteville police officers, according to the State Bureau of Investigation.

Witnesses said Evans was acting strangely in front of a restaurant and tried to jump into the path of passing cars.

Police Chief Tom Bergamine announced Monday that he has ordered all department-issued Tasers, model M26, to be turned in "to ensure the equipment is working properly."

Bergamine said he "believes that it is imperative that we immediately verify that all of our Tasers are in proper working order to protect both the citizens and officers," he said.

Officers Alexander Leviner, Christopher Crews and Travis Smith, all members of the Campbellton Bureau Patrol, were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the SBI investigation, which is routine when police use force that results in death.


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  • NCgirl87 Aug 30, 2011

    if it weren't for the law enforcers in the world...it would be a worse place to live in. just sayin..

  • Classified Aug 30, 2011

    “The people are mostly whining liberals that want to protect the folks that live under the bridges and then holler where are the cops when one of those losers robs them.” - Testjmpr13

    Pretty loose generalization. Could it also be right wing nut jobs screaming for they’re constitutional rights? Sounds kind of dumb don’t you think? Just like your generalization.
    You know about as much about the incident as I do. Nothing. This could have been an individual with a medical condition or mental issue. We don’t know. Don’t be so quick to jump on your little political agenda rant.

  • Testjmpr13 Aug 30, 2011

    Cumberland County is a tough place for law enforcement and politics. Fayetteville is a small city with big city problems. Most of the Officers are prior military which is a whole other mind set and rule of engagement. The people are mostly whining liberals that want to protect the folks that live under the bridges and then holler where are the cops when one of those losers robs them. Overall the cops on the street I think are doing pretty well. We could use some more Detectives. The only thing I see flat out wrong is folks get in a traffic accident and the guy at fault never gets a ticket even when he doesn't have insurance and/or registration. That's why I couldn't be a cop, I'd be hittin' that button...

  • loprestw Aug 30, 2011

    Seems to me the police made this world a little better!!

  • Classified Aug 30, 2011

    blackmountain38 - You seem to be a very confrontational person. Not a really good attribute for law enforcement to have. This is a public forum and you are virtually guaranteed to have opposing views. Your entitled to your views and others are entitled to theirs. Chill out.

  • blackmountain38 Aug 30, 2011

    TESTJMPR13: The law enforcement officer himself is not able to modify the threshold of the the taser! There is not button in it to do so.It might be able to be dont by Taser Inc. but not by the agency itself. What is the name of the that book. I would really like to read it!

  • Testjmpr13 Aug 30, 2011

    Tasers are deadly weapons that's why they issue them. They are less deadly than a firearm however. The Taser is a necessary toy in the toybox no doubt about it. My question is, we had 3 Officers and how many times was this guy Tased? Tased more than twice in my book is torture. I have no doubt the Officers were propably justified in drawing and using the Taser. Using it multiple times is another story. Going home at night to your family is nice and going to prison for manslaughter is another story also. M-26's can be modified above and below the 50K threshold by the way. There's a book out there by Howard Williams, it's been tested for years for the military.

  • Statick Aug 30, 2011

    @ blackmountain38

    Attempting to argue toe-to-toe with those who have no idea about the job you do and what you have to deal with on a daily basis is a waste of your time. Like you said, do your job and go home at the end of the day.

  • blackmountain38 Aug 30, 2011

    risteveh: Im pretty sure that YOU havent trained me in anything!! So dont know what kind of money you have spent!! If your talking about TAXPAYERS money?? then whhoopppiiiee for you! Guess what?!?!?! I pay taxes too, could be more than you!!! As far as a discharged marine or ranger filling my shoes! Tell them to go for it, but somewhere else!!! Im very good at my job!

  • Vita Brevis Ars Longa Aug 30, 2011

    I think the fine officers of the Fayetteville police have already "tested their tasers", they work! Now the Fayetteville officers should be MENTALLY tested. That would certainly show something. As news stories have shown, often police candidates are turned AWAY from employment for having a decent IQ!