Monday, July 29, 2013

Samuel Fuller of Sanford, Tasered - Police Report Released

Samuel Fuller is a convicted felon who was tasered by police officers in Sanford, Florida for running while being ordered to stop.  The taser hit Fuller in the back of his head and shoulder area, his lawyer says that this is against policy and a violation of his civil rights.  Policy is actually to try diligently to avoid those areas.  Hard to aim properly at a moving target.  Fuller is being represented by Shayan Modarres who plans to bring a civil suit against the Sanford Police Department.  Fuller's interview and story:  Shayan Modarres, Esq. - The Shakedown Breakdown

After reading the newly released police report (below), I still cannot figure out what the Sanford Police did wrong.  According to Modarres, Fuller was charged with three felony counts on 7/22/2013.
Fuller’s lawyer [Shayan Modarres] is calling it a violation of the man’s civil rights.
According to the police report a group of men, including Samuel Fuller, appeared to be gambling with dice.
When the officers stopped and tried to apprehend Fuller, he ran and one officer pulled out a stun gun.
The report states the officer was two to three feet from Fuller when he shot him in the back of the head.
The shot caused Fuller to fall forward and hit his face on the concrete.
“If he was Tased in the back of the head, that would be against protocol and that would be clear violation of Mr. Fuller’s civil rights and anybody’s civil rights,” said attorney Shayan Modarres, “That shouldn’t happen to anybody in Sanford.”
Eyewitnesses took pictures of the incident, showing Fuller with police, and then being taken away in an ambulance.
Some of the images of his injuries are too graphic to show and Modarres said he was in too much pain for an interview.
 News 13 checked the record of the officer’s involved. Neither has a complaint filed against them. [Link]
Above Modarres stated Fuller was in too much pain to give an interview, yet he gave an interview two days prior to his release from the hospital. 

Samuel "Sambo" Fuller has a history of running and becoming violent when police attempt to apprehend him:  
(PRIOR) Cocaine possession: A 53-year-old Sanford man was charged Thursday with cocaine possession after he was stopped for a bicycle infraction but said, “I don’t have time for this nonsense. You can’t stop me,” and started to peddle away, according to the police report. The officer said he first stopped the man at Oak Avenue and 11th Street because he did not hesitate at a stop sign and was on the wrong side of the road. When the officer stopped the man again, he fought with the officer and ran before he could be halted again with a taser. Samuel Fuller of Airport Boulevard was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a church, All Souls Catholic Church, resisting arrest with violence, and possession of narcotics equipment. The Sanford Herald - Police Blotter
Am I the only one that finds it odd for there to be a private investigator's report attached to the initial police report?

Here's another picture of Fuller posted to Twitter by Modarres - I don't know, but this one also appears to be photo-shopped - that plastic tube is nowhere near the inside of his mouth and the bandages look very unprofessional.  Could be judge.

Samuel Fuller - click to enlarge