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Sunday, July 17, 2005

Police silence helps tell the rest of the story in Taser incident in Oakley

By Robert C. Gabordi
Asheville Citizen-Times executive editor
published: July 17, 2005 6:00 am

Of course, there is usually the rest of the story, the parts that are hard for a reporter to get into print the first time around.

For instance, in a story yesterday about an Asheville police officer being fired after allegedly using excessive force against Kyle Ross, an unarmed 48-year-old schoolteacher and mom, what did not get said in print puts an even sharper focus on what actually happened.

For background, Ross was on her way to walk her neighbor’s dog in the Oakley area when confronted by a police officer, our story reported. Officer Matthew Lawson is alleged to have used his Taser on Ross multiple times, sending powerful electrical charges into her as he arrested her — and handcuffed her — on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting public officers. Two other officers were on the scene to back up Lawson.

Let me say that again: Three armed police officers vs. a 48-year-old single mom.



  • this just show how much the cops are out of control in this country,,,something better be done and soon

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:18 PM  

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