TASERed for wearing a Hat at a City Council meeting

By | November 9, 2006

TASERed for wearing a Hat at a City Council meeting

Saginaw’s City Council meeting featured a shocking incident Monday night. A Saginaw Valley State University student was TASERed after he became unruly after being asked to take off his baseball cap.There is a new rule at Saginaw City Council meetings. Men are required to take their hats off. Evidently, they are pretty serious about this new rule.

The man was wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers hat. Officer Doug Stacer of the Saginaw Police Department asked him to remove the hat. The man raised his voice and did not remove the hat.

As the officer tried to grab the hat and then tried to grab the man, the man with the hat tried to kick Saginaw Police Chief Gerald Cliff, who was coming to help out.

At that point, Stacer TASERed the man, which sends 50,000 volts into a person’s body. Cliff and Stacer got help from Saginaw County Sheriff Charles Brown hauling the man off to jail. – abc

Here is the follow up.

“…He was dragged out of the meeting after being TASERed following what was described as scuffle with police, but Littleton says it didn’t happen that way.

“I never kicked, punched, swung or anything like that,” he said. “They are making it seem like I attacked the officer, then had to be TASERed because I was attacking them. That’s not true at all.” The Detroit-area resident and Saginaw Valley State University student has now been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor because of the incident.

He was attending the meeting to get extra credit for an urban sociology class. He was unaware of the council rule, which calls for all men to remove their hats. “It’s not about them trying to bring order to a meeting because my hat — not its shape, form or fashion — disrupted the proceedings,” he said.

“They just want to control us and tell us what we can or cannot do. I will not bow down and bow out and follow blindly.” Littleton says he believes the rule discriminates.

“A Jewish man — would you ask me to remove my yarmulke? A kofee? A turban? Anything like that?” Littleton said.” – abc

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