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They could not wait until the funeral was over? what you think about these officers?

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A North Carolina sheriff's official has apologized for plunging a funeral into chaos when undercover agents tried to arrest the dead man's son — and used a Taser on him in the process.

It happened as the coffin was being loaded into a hearse. The officers planned to quietly arrest pallbearer Gladwyn Taft Russ III, The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday.

Relatives said two deputies dressed in coats and ties grabbed Russ and kneed him in his back before Tasering him. One deputy's gun fell out of its holster.
Russ, 42, had failed to surrender after being charged with threatening his ex-wife who lives in another state, officials said. Following his father's death Nov. 11, Russ agreed to surrender after the funeral.


Asked by Anonymous at 2:48 AM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (12)
  • Poor family. While the guy should have being arrested, they could have waited until the funeral was over.

    Answer by ny.chica at 8:18 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • horrible and tasteless!!!! They manipulated a family's vulnerability to get what they wanted...SHAME SHAME!

    Answer by MammaMia72 at 2:51 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • All that for a simple threat geeeez. I would expect them to do that for like a drug dealer or murderer but for threatning his wife. How pethetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • WOW!! That is completely uncalled for. There is a time and place for everything and that definitely was not the place.

    Answer by mypoohbear at 3:22 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • this is terrible

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 5:31 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • And if he threatened her and then moved to another state...wasn't he avoiding carrying out the threat?! And if the officers showed up at the funeral and he was there, then he wasn't running, therefore the officers could've kept their eyes on him until a more sensible moment. Must've been close to doughnut break time! It made the news so maybe it was for some publicity or to shake the town up.

    Answer by QueenAdeela at 6:25 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • I agree that it was uncalled for. They should have waited.

    Answer by MommyMel03 at 6:48 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • I was saddened for the family and appalled by the Police Officers. Why do people not thing and are so inpatient

    Answer by AVONJAN at 7:22 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Horrible. Completely horrible. That poor family. As someone already said, a time and place for everything.

    Answer by mommyhedden at 8:16 AM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • It certainly sounds very bad...Did they have any reason to think he was about to bolt? Otherwise they really should have waited. I hate stories like that. And what is with these tasers? I thought they were to be used to subdue someone who was becoming dangerous, not just to routinely arrest people.

    Answer by BJoan at 8:43 AM on Nov. 20, 2008