Danielle Maudsley, a 20-year-old woman has been left brain dead – after she was Tasered by police and smacked her head on the ground.
Danielle Maudsley had been taken to a Florida Highway Patrol Station after being arrested for a suspected hit-and-run in September. Handcuffed, she ran out of the door.
But as footage from a police cruiser dashboard camera reveals, Trooper Daniel Cole, who this week was cleared of any wrongdoing, fired a Taser’s electric probes into her back.
Danielle Maudsley spun, fell backwards and hit her head on the ground. Bleeding and crying she tried to get up. She then blacked out and has remained unconscious ever since.
Doctors say Danielle Maudsley, who was found to have cocaine and oxycodone in her system at the time, is unlikely to ever wake up.
Danielle Maudsley has been left brain dead after she was Tasered by police and smacked her head on the ground
Her mother Cheryl Maudsleyhas slammed the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Department of Law Enforcement for its reports that both cleared Cole.
Cheryl Maudsley told the Tampa Bay Times she was suing FHP, and added: “Tell me that’s not excessive force. I’m not saying she was an angel, but she didn’t deserve that.
“He couldn’t reach out and grab her? He was an arm’s length away. My daughter is dead because of this. She won’t come back.”
Danielle Maudsley, who had a suspended driving license, was arrested earlier that day for allegedly leaving the scene of two traffic accidents.
At the station, the woman tried to escape. Daniel Cole, worried she would be hit by a car as she ran towards the direction of U.S. 19, gave chase.
Daniel Cole said that because of the immediacy of the situation, and the fact he feared one or both of them would be injured if he tackled her, he went for his Taser.
When asked if he would have done anything differently, Daniel Cole said: “No, I would not have.”
Experts have now questioned the use of the Taser.
Greg Connor, professor at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute who specialises in use of force, said: “It just doesn’t make any sense. I don’t see where it’s going to be that hard to apprehend her.”
And nationally known use-of-force expert Dave Klinger, a retired Los Angeles police officer and professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said it was an “inappropriate” police tactic.
But Sgt Steve Gaskins said: “The Florida Department of Law Enforcement conducted an independent review. FDLE’s investigation found the trooper’s actions were legal and within the scope of his duties.”
Gene Hackman suffered injuries to his body and leg after being hit by a car Friday afternoon.
The legendary actor was struck while riding his bicycle in Florida Keys at around 3:00 p.m. local time.
Gene Hackman, 81, was airlifted to hospital and was later released after suffering “bumps and bruises”.
The Florida Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
Gene Hackman, 81, was airlifted to hospital and was later released after suffering “bumps and bruises”
Sergeant Tom Pikul said: “Today at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time there was an accident involving the actor Gene Hackman.
“He was riding his bicycle in Florida Keys on what is known as the Old Highway.
“He suffered body and leg injuries and he was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Centre at Jackson Memorial Hospital.”
Early reports Gene Hackman had suffered serious head injuries were dismissed by his spokeswoman.
His spokeswoman said: “Gene Hackman was taken to a hospital for routine tests after being bumped from behind while riding his bike today in the Keys.
“He’s suffered minor bumps and bruises and is already on his way home.”
No doubt the stars legion of fans will be relieved he did not suffer a more serious accident.
Gene Hackman is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors, and has won two Oscars and received a further three nominations.
He first rose to fame in 1967 with his performance as Buck Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde.
However perhaps his most celebrated performances were as the tough detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in the French Connection films in 1971, for which he won a best actor Oscar, and 1975.
Gene Hackman made many more hard hitting dramatic appearances, such as best actor nominated turn in 1988’s Mississippi Burning.
He was also famous for his ability to play lighter roles, such as his performance as camp evil genius Lex Luthor in the blockbuster Superman movies.
Gene Hackman began his acting career n 1956 when he joined the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
There he met another aspiring actor, Dustin Hoffman, and the pair forged a lifelong friendship as they both became major stars of the silver screen.
Gene Hackman has been married twice, first to Faye Maltese in 1956.
They had three children, Christopher, Elizabeth and Leslie Anne, before divorcing in 1986 after 30 years of marriage.
In 1991, Gene Hackman married Betsy Arakawa and they live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 2004 he gave a rare interview to Larry King and announced he had no future film projects lined up and believed his acting career is over.
In 2008 he confirmed that Gene Hackman had retired from acting while promoting his third novel.