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    Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    I'd love to know where Jackson Hole is...so I can avoid ever winding up there.

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    By Gil Brady with additional reporting by Dan Haworth

    8.01.05

    Fun turned to stunned just after sundown Sunday when a streaker was "tasered" by cops at the 2005 Demolition Derby.

    About 3,400 on-lookers Ė including families and children Ė got more than the usual clouds of rodeo dirt and souped-up hot rods ramming into one another when, moments before the winner-takes-all round, a naked man leapt from the stands holding a red fire extinguisher and raced around the rodeo pit, eluding police while attempting to spray fans in the grandstand.

    Spectators cheered the nudist as two Jackson Hole police and a sheriffís deputy gave hot pursuit on foot. They finally took the man down when the deputy fired a taser dart into the streakerís right shoulder blade.

    The tasering provoked catcalls and boos as the nudist quivered and shook before falling and writhing facedown in the dirt for several seconds. As the arresting peace officers lifted and cuffed the naked manís hands behind his back, urine trickled down the streakerís front.

    This prompted many in the stands to shout the strongest insults at police.

    Upon recovering, the exhibitionist acknowledged the crowd with a half-dazed nod before shaking his curly hair defiantly while being escorted off in the buff.

    Not to be upstaged by the bare truth below, the derby announcer peered out the sky booth, smiled into his mike, and quipped, "Must be a chilly evening."

    An informal poll of eyewitness reactions following the incident found near unanimous disapproval at the tactics of law enforcement responding to the scene, from shock and dismay to genuine outrage.

    At a party immediately following the derby, an outraged Kevin McBride asked, "How many Jackson Hole cops does it take to catch a naked man in a rodeo arena? I was furious, because it wasnít that big a deal. Did they have to taser him in front of 5,000 people and kids?"

    "He was shaking, like this," said a bearded man in his 20s who witnessed the tasering, shimmying his shoulders and rolling his eyes for inquisitive friends several hours later at 43 North.

    Others, viewing streakers at the Demolition Derby as an expected annual event in itself, questioned what motivated police to act with such force. Some wondered if this year a new moral high bar had been set.

    "It shouldnít be a PG-13 [event]," said Ryan Haworth. "The derby is for adults. However, they made it clear, if you streak you will be punished."

    Dave Peters, 23, sitting nearby, said, "It was necessary to make the example, but the taser was excessive."

    Georgia Ligori called the actions of the police "excessive" and the use of the taser, "unwarranted."

    Ligori continued, "Itís just kids having fun. It was anticipated, it happens nearly every year."

    Her friend Kelly Egan told the Planet, "I think for someone who was in no position to use any kind of aggression, it was inappropriate to use a weapon that has in the recent past been lethal. I was overwhelmed by the level of stupidity!"

    Eganís husband, Bruce, 52, a retired economist, said, "If you have kids why bring them to a demo-demolish? Pig-wrestling maybe, but demo derby never."

    Egan continued, "Tasing the streaker was bull****. Who is the guy hurting? In years past, everyone cheered the streaker. This year, they taser a guy. What happened? Young kids will do what they want to do. They donít have much money, so their 15 minutes of fame is to streak. Iíve seen streakers in my day. Iíve been to Yankee Stadium and World Cup soccer matches, but this is the first streaker Iíve ever seen tasered ... it was police brutality and excessive force."

    At a post-derby house party featuring loud music and flowing kegs that attracted the attention of police cruisers, Leah Smith shook her head wistfully while reflecting on what she had saw, "He was a true American. Tasering him was pretty lame. The streaker was the essence of the derby."

    Her male companion sipped his beer and nodded in full agreement.

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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    I think its a ski town. Wyoming maybe?
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Quote Originally Posted by ochre
    I think its a ski town. Wyoming maybe?

    Yep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    I'd love to know where Jackson Hole is...so I can avoid ever winding up there.
    I would have to say that the scenery of the Grand Tetons along with the Snake River absolutely outweighs any chance of getting tasered. Not to mention the skiing in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdiersin
    I would have to say that the scenery of the Grand Tetons along with the Snake River absolutely outweighs any chance of getting tasered. Not to mention the skiing in the winter.
    My problem isn't with getting tasered, it's with the mindset of the people there.
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Maybe he had a dirty bomb up his anus. You can't take any chances these days.

    Gimme a break.
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    I've actually been skiing there. Very nice.
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    The Grand Tetons are literally breath taking.
    Thank goodness for baseball.

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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    "Did they have to taser him in front of 5,000 people and kids?"
    Did he have to run naked in front of 5000 people and kids?

    "He was a true American. Tasering him was pretty lame. The streaker was the essence of the derby."
    Yeah, I remember that famous painting of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson streaking across the Delaware.

    Are these people actually thinking before they let their mouths move?

    Leah Smith shook her head wistfully while reflecting on what she had saw
    I guess the journalists in Jackson Hole are just as ignorant as the residents.
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
    Did he have to run naked in front of 5000 people and kids?



    Yeah, I remember that famous painting of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson streaking across the Delaware.

    Are these people actually thinking before they let their mouths move?



    I guess the journalists in Jackson Hole are just as ignorant as the residents.
    Thank you for proving my point.
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R
    I've actually been skiing there. Very nice.
    Come for the streakers, stay for the skiing
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    I guess they should have just let him run amok, then.

    This reminds me of the people at various college campuses who riot every year at daylight savings time when there is one less hour to drink in the bars. Get a life, people.

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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Was there some tradition of streaking in this event? Seems inferred in the article.

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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Poor guy....
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    Re: Naked man tasered by Police at Demo Derby

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
    Was there some tradition of streaking in this event? Seems inferred in the article.
    Apparently. They get a kick out of it for a while big deal, and if the cops are too fat or slow to catch him then maybe they are the ones who need to be tasered (nothing against police in general but these guys seem pretty weak if they can't control him eventually). Jethro must've been itchin' to use that new tasa gun he got last Xmas from Barney.

    And why people think it's so horrible for a child to see a non-sexual streaker (for God's sakes drop the puritannical nonsense you ever seen your grandpa naked when you were 5? that's more likely to cause trauma than some college kid, lighten up people) but ok for that same child to witness a violent take down with a taser dart and a man twitching and peeing on himself makes it better - is beyond me.

    I agree with the residents, they seem to be more intelligent, calm and rational than these knee jerk, half wit cops in that town.

    Sorry not a big fan of police brutality or taser guns. Next thing you know people will be getting tasered for questioning a parking ticket or toilet papering someone's house.


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