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May 5th, 2010
07:30 AM ET

Phillies Fan Tasered

You’ve seen it before… the knucklehead fan that runs out onto the field during a baseball game. They act silly, police run out on the field and the person gets arrested. Well, at the Phillies-St. Louis Cardinals game Monday night police took a different approach. 17-year-old Steve Consalvi ran out onto the field during the eighth inning waving a rally towel. An officer fired a Taser and zapped him to the ground in front of a crowd of about 45,000 people, and then hauled him off. So what do you think… Did he deserve it? Or was it overkill? We’ll try to read some of your responses on the air. Watch CNN Newsroom from 9-11am ET with Kyra Phillips.

soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The dude broke the the rules and was cheering for the wrong team maybe the cop should have just chased him down but whats the use of having tasers if you cant use them .

    May 5, 2010 at 8:20 am |
  2. Scott Stodden

    Good Morning Kyra and How You Dooooooin? I love you so much on CNN, your one of the best and I watch you every single day Mon-Fri in Illinois! I honestly think this incident at the baseball was game was overkill, why would the police taze somebody who runs onto the field waving a towel? But then again in this crazy world that we live in maybe the police just didn't know what to expect if they didn't taze him, we have people in the U.S. trying to blow up Times Square and all so maybe we have to respond by tazing people and what not when somebody responds in an abrupt or crazy way! Also Im glad the man was arrested in New York but I guess it just proves the U.S. still isn't doing there jobs and neither is Janet Napolitano to keep the U.S. safe because how did this man even get on a plane at J.F.K? Find us all the answers we need Kyra as we know you always do!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 5, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  3. Butch Jordan

    I spent 26 years as a state law enforcement officer. I learned a long time ago to never underestimate a problem as being something simple or harmless. Usually the harmless situations are the ones that get people hurt.

    This guy could have had a gun or a knife or a razor blade and his mission could have been to harm or kill a player. This is not the world of the 1950's anymore. The officer was right on the money in the way he handled the situation. If you want to break the law and then avoid arrest by running, you can expect a bad ending is just around the corner for you.The Tazer is a non lethal form of force and it works really well. No harm, no foul.

    Major League baseball needs to ban these people from all sports events, baseball, basketball, football, the works for life ...just like a no fly list for life. If caught at a game ..the guy is sent away to play ball behind bars somewhere. This is a serious situation and we need to realize that this kid is the bad guy, not the officer.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  4. Leanne

    No!! He didn't deserve it!! Disgusting.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  5. Nick

    Taser a few of them and maybe the wannabes will get the general idea.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  6. Charlie890

    Should have put the "cop" on a fitness program instead of issuing him a Taser. Then he might have caught the kid.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  7. Matt

    Come on. It's not like he was shot...

    May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  8. Rich from PA

    They should have used a higher voltage.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  9. April

    Tasered fan, just not acceptable! What ever happened to non violet holds and such? Do we really have to taser people at social events? Good grief...

    May 5, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  10. Steve

    The field security actions were totally justified. It's nice to say after the fact that he was simply a 17 year old screwing around. At the time , you don't know. He could be a "thug", he could be drunk, he could be a threat. You just don't know. It was effective, and it was safer for all involved (including the 17 year old) and avoided any risk of injury such as broken bones during a "gang tackle".

    May 5, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  11. Ryan

    Kyra,

    Did he deserve it? Yeah why not hes a kid hell be fine. The security guard used Escalation of Force in my opinion. However, if the Security Guard was in peak Physical Fitness (like a man with that position should be) it could have been avoided....then again how many people the guards age in amazing shape can still run down a 17 year old?

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  12. Jim

    Having lived in Philly and knowing how bad the fans are I agree with him being tasered. It has got so bad there they used to and still may actually have a court right at the stadium. The fans behavior in Philly is simply horrible and they need to grow up or be punished accordingly.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  13. andrew manocheo

    While this seemed pretty harsh to view, I feel it was absolutely the right thing to do. If nothing more, it will serve as a strong deterrent for any other idiots who decide to run onto the field. In this day of age, security is key and who knows what kind of nut this person may have been or what weapons he may have had with him. It doesn't take long to think back to Monica Seles being attacked.

    Kyra's questioning of the tactics used seems very irresponsible and completely overlooks the larger security issues that episodes like this pose to fans and players alike.

    Get with it Kyra!

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  14. Timothy Ford

    The sometimes hefty fine and being thrown out of the park, should be enough of a punishment or maybe the fans could vote if the hooligan should be tazered (thumbs up or down). HA!

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  15. linda hall

    he should be lucky all they did was taser him.could have shot him

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  16. Dylan Hunter

    Could any less be expected from a city who ice-balled Santa?

    The guy took a nose dive and was on the ground, completely helpless. What did they think he was gonna do, snap a cop on the butt with his towel?

    Calling Philedelphia the City of Brotherly Love is an oxymoron of the worst degree.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  17. Joy M. Herring

    Actions have consequences – maybe if more of these irresponsible yahoos were tazed, they'd think twice before ignoring common sense and common courtesy.

    May 5, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  18. Michael

    Hey Kyra I think we should just ban all sports events. that will cure the problem of unruly fans. Perhaps after a year of NO public event fans will learn to behave themselves.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  19. Lou Christine

    Players need to be protected. They have no idea about those coming onto the field are armed with a gun or knife or a kiss. There's no place on the field for clowns, it's a baseball game not a circus!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  20. Gato Barbieri

    The whole thing was a fun outburst of someone that was overjoyed and wanted their one minute of fame that backfired. Did he have a gun or a knife? No, he didn't. The only reason that cop used the taser is because he was too fat to run. You notice how the cops use to wear the starch packed thick cotton shirts and had to be fit. Not anymore – heck, they have tasers. Why run?

    May 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  21. Andrew James

    I don't care what the scenario is, if the officer or the public is not in immediate danger then it is NOT appropriate to use less than lethal force. All I can think about is my friend with a heart condition, if he had been tasered by that officer he would not have gotten up off that field. People have been running onto the field for years, it's irritating to the real fans and it's silly, but it rarely, if ever, results in injury. Very angry about these actions, I hope this results in a change in public opinion towards taser guns.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  22. Rich Sullivan

    The ticket you get into the ballpark with clearly states the rules. He broke them. However, Tazering him was not needed. There were at least 4 men within 10 feet of him. Couldn't they have just tackled him? The guy with the Tazer won't be getting any invited to the next Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce dinner – that's for sure.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  23. Bruce Molholt

    Hi, Kyra –

    I live in West Chester, PA, a Philly suburb and home to our ace pitcher, Cole Hamels. When the 17-year old dashed out onto the field last night and was tasered, the game was delayed 15 minutes in the middle of Hamels' pitching. When the game resumed, he gave up two hits and finally was relieved.

    Tasering may seem harsh, but it was an expedient way to clear the field of this unfortunate distraction which nearly cost the Phillies the game.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  24. Jordan

    The only way to prevent a terrible accident that could happen when a fan tries to attack their sports "idol" is to use threatening devices such as a taser. Why don't more murders take place in this world? Because we have the death penalty threat in some states. Of course, this is a more drastic comparison, but if we want an action to stop, we must use serious punishment.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  25. Tone

    Kyra just saw u report this story live. " Hate to see her fall foward, ooooo". U silly as hell, lmao. That's y I enjoy watching u do yo thang, I never know what to expect. Have a good day. Antonio douglasville, ga by way of detroit

    May 5, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  26. Nitebug

    I think the Tasering of the 17 year old was overkill. Glad u showed Morgana in her heyday. If the 17 year old young man was as beautiful as Morgana, I'm sure he would not have been Tasered.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  27. Jonathan

    Take it from a cardiac nurse; any time you introduce electric shock with enough strength to immobilize you risk sending even a young heart into a lethal arrythmia or stopping it all together.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  28. Romius

    I bet if you had asked him prior to his stunt "dude do you think you may get tasered"? His answer would have been "yeah"!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  29. christian oneill

    He asked his dad if he could do it. His dad said no. He did it anyway. Lessoned learned. Hopefully, his dad "corrected" him at home afterwards for costing him thousands of dollars in penalties. Although Morgana was fun, back before I was born. We just had a kid try to blow up times square. Who knew this kid had nothing in his pockets. Job well done Philly cops. Philly takes too much crap about booing santa, that guy was drunk and looked like a bum. But I digress. hopefully this kids listens to his dad from now on!!!!! Or he'll meet Dr. Watts again!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  30. Mike Arrington

    If you think back in 2002 a father and son duo ran out onto the field and attacked a base coach (Gamboa). So who's to say the next guy running onto the field is a prankster or someone like that duo. Fans should not be allowed on the field. Its not funny. There should be real penalties do dissuade the next attempt. Also think about the families that pay their hard earned money to take their kids to see a good game. The game gets interrupted by some foolish individuals trying to get their 15 minutes of fame. So yeah, he should have been tazed and there should be penalties to protect those working on the field and ensuring the fans good time is not interrupted.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  31. John Pamner

    Taking into account the distance involved, and the fact they were running, I thought it was a great shot. I would have missed. 🙂

    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  32. Jared

    Hello Kyra! Tasering the fan was just and needed to be done. There are rules in place to protect everyone. What if the fan was wearing a back pack with something in it to hurt people or if the fan was of Middle Eastern descent. Would we be treating this event differently? Unfortunately we live in a time where people want to hurt Americans and our country. In a public place, like a stadium, the police have to take a crazy fan running on the field as a threat and act. I applaued the security agents. It's just unfortunate that our society has to be on high alert.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  33. Ron Muscella

    C;mon Kyra, Philly Phans are no different then other Northeastern city fans. We just have a cynical fun-poking reputation to live down now. Incidentally the batteries were thrown in NYC, but we do have to take credit for 'throwing snow balls at Santa' back in the 60's. PS-it wasn't a wet heavy snow that day-it was light and fluffy.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  34. Dee Lewis

    Come on. When are the adults going to start acting like adults? Over reacting to kids being kids is becoming a National embarrasement. Don't get me wrong, I believe when a 'real' crime is commited they must be treated accordingly. However, the inability of so many adults to use common sense when dealing with pranks makes me wonder who is the one not acting with appropriate intellectual maturity???

    May 5, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  35. john

    I don't think it was necsasary to taze the guy and probably not the right thing to do.They would've caught him eventually. And I don't believe the officer really thought he was a threat. He was just getting pissed and decided to put a stop to his antics. It was funny though and I do think the dude deserved it.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  36. Kris Fortais

    Use of the taser was one step over the line. If your employees responsible of security cannot do their job they should be replaced. Resorting to use of a taser in this case is pushing it.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  37. Dava Guerin

    Hi Kyra.

    As a life-long Philadelphia resident, and a consultant to some of the city's professional sports teams, I have strong opinions about safety on and off the field. In the case of the Phillies tasering the young man who ran out on the field during the game, I think it was justified. Unfortunately, in a post 9/11 world, anyone who behaves irratically, especially where large groups of people are gathering, needs to be restrained. That young man could have had a concealed weapon, had terrorist conncections, or who knows what else? Wouldn't it have been prudent for people who saw Maj. Hassan's odd behavior to stop him before he killed his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood? But, kids will be kids, and in a different time, this young man would have just been labeled a "prankster." In today's, world, owners of major sports teams whose stadiums hold thousands of people, do have a responsibilty for keeping their fans safe, even if a young knucklehead has to pay a big price for his thoughtless behavior!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  38. Craig Woods

    It must be a slow news day today. Philly fans are back in the national news. It's called consequences, Kyra, something people don't receive enough, today, for their own irresponsibility. Get over it.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  39. Romius

    Well he knew he was probably gonna get 'charged'. Haha!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  40. maze1gerald

    This is another example of over zealous cops that don't use commom sense,which would cause me to cast an eye on the people that hire those types.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  41. David Ortiz

    Good Morning Kyra,
    I was under the impression the taser and other weapons were to protect Officers and the public from a threat of physical force. The young man in question used no force, so where is the justification?

    May 5, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  42. J Everett

    Definitely overkill!!! Radical fans have been running out on the field from the beginning of major sporting events. It seems to me this kind of behavior is allowed. People are always going to express themselves whether they're bunge jumping off the tallest tower or streaking through major sporting events. If ball parks did not want people running out on the fields it seems to me that they would have constructed ball parks in such a way to prevent fans from entering onto the field.
    John Everett

    May 5, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  43. Vicki S

    A 17 year old got a little carried away and ran on the field and gets tasered? Why not just tackle the kid? To taser him is insane, he's not violent, just happy and exicted! Bad decision by the cop and his superiors.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  44. Mr. H.L. Atkinson

    I would urge Kyra or Tracy to take a look at a Canadian Press story that ran May 4 in Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper under the headline "Mounties tighten taser policy." Also look up Canadian Press stories on the Braidwood Report into the death of a man tasered by the RCMP at Vancouver Airport. The Arizona-based taser manufacturer is very unhappy with the Braidwood Report and views it as a commercial threat.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  45. Seyi

    Good Morning Kyra, It was unfortunate that the 17 year male was stop from running with a Taser. However, when a stranger (fans) gets on the field to run around, it becomes a safety issue for the players and that's why securities are there. The police officer's responsibility is not to take any chance on any one that may be endangering to others in any form, and that's what he did (not take any chance). If the boy had tackled a player or had some kind of a weapon but because he wasn't able to be stopped the securities would have been blamed. I believed people would have found the police officer's action justifiable if the boy's tension was more than run around.

    Seyi (SUNY OLD WESTBURY)

    May 5, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  46. l. evans

    Anyone who feels there was too much force would change their mind is this fool had run through their work place. Security and/or police have no idea what this person plans on doing. The Taser is a non lethal use of force that causes no injury. Would you rather they hit him in the head with a batton? I would dare say if you were doing a story that was going to make your career and someone ran through like that you would want them to get Tased. Just like in this case this kid could have caused a player to miss out on the play of his life due to the game being delayed. Too much force? No way!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  47. Joe Citizen

    I just don't get it. Everyone is a Monday morning quarterback. People love to complain when the police do their job. That is until you are the one that needs the police, then they can't get there fast enough and you don't care what they do just as long as they solve your problem. It is a no win situation for officers. Don't blame the cop for tasing the kid. Make the kid take responsibility for the fact he broke the rules and his consequence was that he got tased. If the kid won't listen to his father, who told him NOT TO DO IT. Then maybe being tased was the lesson he needed to learn for being disobedient and exercising bad judgement. Would people have preferred for the kid to get tackled and possibly get hurt, or get up and walk off the field 30 seconds later like he did? I'm just saying.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  48. Dave Howard

    Obviously this was overkill. If a white police officer tasered a young black man, the media would be up in arms. Sharpton would be marching in Philly and the city would be gearing up to defend a multi-million dollar law suit.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  49. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Only girls with big personality's are allowed to do this stuff no one wants to watch a dude the cop should have tazed him again after he caught him .

    May 5, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  50. Stefan Erwin

    This is an overt use of excessive force by a peace officer. It undermines the power of the State, when the police escalate to such measures for simple misdemeanors, where the individual is a nuisance, rather than a threat to himself or others.

    This police officer was taking the easy way out, rather than executing his duty as a community enforcer to protect his fellow citizens, rather, he chose to assault and batter the taxpayer who indirectly contributes to his salary.

    The fact that we question whether or not this action should be condoned itself is most disturbing. I do not want to live in a police state, where the police can taze me for reckless or negligent conduct that is not a danger to others. Furthermore allowing the police to engage in such actions during a national televised event is a slippery slop to chilling the individuality and civil disobedience that this country was founded upon. Without fervent condemnation of such actions, we will continue to have the despicable police beatings that plagued the past 10 years, except, now, it is not longer simply effecting minorities.

    In conclusion, this police officer should be punished for his egregious actions to not only the individual he battered, but to the community itself.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  51. Jackie Burns

    Seems rather harsh for the moment, but in the long run, I think it was the best thing to do. It will deter others from doing it in the future.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  52. Nick

    Karen, too often you put your option in instead of just reporting the facts. The young man who ran on the field did not get tasered because he ran on the field, but because he broke the law and refused to stop when ordered.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  53. James

    He should have been Tasered twice. He disrupted the game and presented a security risk to the baseball players and staff. Also, his ignorant behavior encourages others to do the same. The staff were right to Taser the individual and discourage this type of behavior.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  54. chris

    The tazer is ridiculous. I mean obviously it's a disruption but this is overkill. C'mon guys use some common sense.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  55. Carl

    This is outrageous, and the people who support the police are truly frightening. All hail Big Brother! The police in this country are out of control, and many people have no respect for them. One more step towards a police state. We're already a fascist state. Mussolini: the marriage of corporations and government. It's so obvious.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  56. Eric Burtch

    I think it was perfectly justified. The kid was rude and inconsiderate and held up a game for thousands of fans who paid to watch it. The tasering didn't hurt as much as being tackled would have, and was faster.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  57. Richard

    As a police officer up here in Canada, I must say I am amazed by the supportive comments for the officer in this case. Canadians are deffinately not as supportive of their police and security personnel. Tasers are an outstanding less-lethal tool, but in my professional opinion, should only be deployed when a subject is combative. I *completely* agree with the "unknown factor" here... the "what if he had a knife" scenario. If that arguement flies in America, fantastic. I know here in Canada, the "what if" scenarios don't fly.

    It's refreshing to see pro-police comments here, though. 🙂

    May 5, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  58. Christian

    Everyone knows not to do that, so he deserved the taser. The officer's job is to maintain security and peace, not run a marathon!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  59. richard sinclair

    wha', the cop should have ID'd the moron before deciding? don't forget, some of the fans who ran onto the field attacked a player. send the kid out of the park and send his parents to parenting school.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  60. JR

    Taze them all can u say moron... Go play in the park if you want to run around ... Otherwise here comes the volts.... How did that feel?

    May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  61. Duane Cardall

    As the father of a son who died tragically 11 months ago after being unnecessarily tased, I remind everyone that the weapon used against the young man in the ball park can be lethal. A Taser should never be used as a weapon of convenience, especially when other less dangerous means can be used to subdue an individual.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  62. Elijah Walker

    Tasers are absolutely dangerous. Take it from a funeral director who has buried alleged criminals who were tased.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  63. jessy

    Others might think twice – but mostly about how they can get their 15 mins of fame on the national news. A little shock, a slap on the wrist fine, and everyone can see your face on CNN.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  64. Scott

    As others have commented, it appears that the staff were too out of shape to catch the suspect without becoming winded or maybe straining seldom used leg muscles.

    Unless he is an immediate threat to someone on the field, or himself, then there is no need to use the taser on anyone. This kid did not fit into either category. The cop just didn't want to continue chasing him. This is all too common use on the streets as well.

    I bet the police department evaluates the situation using all the available video, to determine if this was within policy. Seldom are videos available while tasers are used in routine police foot chases. Reprimand for this officer seems in order.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  65. paul m kukol

    as a retired corrections officer of 17 years i think fat boy cop if he were in better shape would have no need to taser a teen-ager.
    i think it was a matter of defeating fat boys ego.come on you do do's
    study your force continuom.
    paul

    May 5, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  66. Steve Flanigan

    Well, the Gestapo steps up to the plate, (no pun intended,) again.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  67. Slade

    Wile I can't agree with zapping a kid, you can't tell the difference between an adult and a teenager at 17. The officer had no way to tell what the guy's mission was, so he made a decision based on what little information he had.

    But on another note, that cop needs to spend time on a treadmill. That kid was not moving that fast, he should have been able to catch and subdue him without giving the kid a buzz.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  68. Darkwind

    It's super scary that our officers/ security guards are so timid and weak, that their only reaction is to taser, or shoot anyone that they feel intimidated by including children. can anyone say police state?

    May 5, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  69. Darell

    Police officers should not tase anyone for running, take it from a former officer, the taser is a less than lethal device that is to be used in substitute for a firearm only in serious situations as second to last alternatives. Officers are trained to chase the suspect and if they cant do their job then find another profession. Tasers can kill people, so ask yourself, is it okay to chance someones life because they were running?

    May 5, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  70. Phil from STL

    You can say what you want about cardiac issues, but if it is an issue why push it by running away from security on a baseball field. The officer would have been a hero if the kid did in fact have a negative intent on that field.

    May 5, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  71. JD

    Since the World Series victory Phillies fans have inherited the Eagles fans that have given Philly sports fans a bad name.

    Why dont we have 45,000 fans do whatever they want...whats the big deal as others here have said...Come on...THINK people...breaking the law is not progressive thinking...Someone did it again last night too. Sensationalism for the media... Tase every time. These people cause a danger to themselves, other fans and especially the players...

    May 5, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  72. Scott D.

    You know what happens when a police officer tackles someone? The police officer risks injury, or the suspect risks injury. Worse than that? The suspect and the officer might now be wrestling on the ground, with a wide variety of weapons now in-reach for that suspect. Imagine that. What would the reaction be if the gun is pulled by the suspect and fired? Who's in danger at this point? Everyone is.

    There is a reason that tazers are part of an officer's standard procedures. Safety for the most important people – the officer and the innocent public.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  73. Raymond W. Seward

    In this day and age, when terrorism is trying to gain control you can never under estimate anyone at any time. If a player or a fan had been killed by this or anyone elses actions, the news media would have been like vultures asking why this was allowed to happen, where was security, where was the police? There would have been instant polls such as this one asking our opinions if the security supplied at this or any other sporting event was enough. If we send a message on national TV (which you in the news media are very good at doing) that we will no longer tollerate this type of behavior by anyone, then maybe just maybe it will stop. At that point in time I will feel much safer at going to such events not having to look over my shoulder every other second. When the father of this young man was interviewed by the news media, he should have put his head down in shame. If that were my child I would have forbid them from doing such a thing, instead of simply advising them not to do so, I don't think it would be a good idea. Part of the reason we have such problems with this younger generation is the fact that they are not taught that you are held responsible for your actions. The guy who did it the following day was daring them to taser him, and you know what they should have, TWICE!!!!!!!! Once when he was running and one while he was down daring him to try again!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  74. Gary-Fountain Valley

    Kyra, yeah, the guy had it coming and don't those Tazers do the job. Guy went lights out immeadiately.

    On another subject, I have to say I HATE the new studio set. It looks like KTLA in Los Angeles. Making you stand to deliver the news is ridiculous!

    May 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  75. karan

    Anyone who thinks violence solves any problem is delusional. No war any violent act has ever solved anything ever and those of you who think it does are violent mongers just like the majority of police officers. Do the most patient least violent people go into law enforcement? No, the most violent people who enjoy hurting others and using force go into law enforcement, as a police officer once told me, we legal criminals, and a non violent crime is never solved with violence. Maybe if people used their brains more and their fists less we would not be where we are today.

    May 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  76. Sandy Rutter

    Tony, when you were reporting about the use of the taser in this situation, you seemed amused. As the mother of a son who died after being tasered, I can assure you that use of a taser is NOT FUNNY. This weapon used as a restraint method can be painfully deadly and should only be used when a life is being threatened. The guy was waving a shirt and scurrying playfully among the security team. During this prank, did you see anyone afraid for their life?

    May 5, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  77. HaHaHa

    This should be the new policy for MLB!!! ANYONE entering the playing field illegally WILL be TASED!!!!! No matter age or health condition. You have been warned!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  78. Dan

    He broke the law. IF the idiot would have stayed in the stands like he knew he was suppose to do, he wouldn't have gotten tasered. So, let's put the blame where it needs to be. Not on the law enforcement tasering him but HIM.

    May 6, 2010 at 6:03 am |
  79. Sonjoy

    I strongly believe that respect for elders or teachers has no place in America, unfortunately. Kids are so ill-mannered from secondary to college level. Why should I pay the consequence? Corporal punishment has been practiced in many countries of the world, and serve as an optimum deterrent. It should be enforced at all cost for this american culture to "regain" its values.
    Sonjoy

    May 6, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  80. linda shreve

    I started teaching in 1987 before teachers were stripped of any form of physical punishment for bad behavior coming from students. Before a teacher could spank a student, another teacher was required to serve as a witness. Not all students respond to physical punishment, but many do. When the laws were changed and the classroom teacher no longer could spank, I saw a rapid decline in respect coming from the student to the teacher. Comments such as "You can't do anything to me!" were very common. Most teachers I know work very hard to reinforce good behavior and try alternative methods to discourage negative behavior. However, when teachers are never allowed to handle inappropriate behavior in the classroom with measures that say, "If you continue to do .... then you will be spanked!" (I'm referring to the lower elementary grades) the proof is very evident that children learn very early on how to push the right buttons and exhibit methods of control over the whole classroom where the learning atmosphere is seriously depleted.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  81. Mr. Eister

    Since WHEN? was going to a baseball game and running on the field waving a rally flag in support of his team a crime? Sporting events are supposed to be fun. So what! some 17 year old kid runs around the field having fun. Have a moment of laughter then get on with the game. It's not like he wasout robbing people at gun point, and needed a jolt. That kid may be on the battlefield in Bush's 'undeclared' 9 year old war by the end of the year. Remind me not to take my son to a Phillies game, why he may just be tasered for running down the field to get an autograph from a player.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  82. HAP

    Not the kid's fault the cop was lazy and couldn't keep up. The kid was stupid to do it, but it was entertaining to watch. But I guarantee, the kid isn't going to learn anything from this. He'll just brag that he got tasered on television at the Phillies game.

    Not really a punishment if you think about it

    May 7, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  83. Elvia M. Chalmers

    Well it's interesting, the person who follows the rules is criticized and the person breaking the rules is the victim.

    Does this give an indication of why our society has the issues it does??

    May 10, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  84. Phx

    So everyone seem to be in agreement that the kid was breaking the rules of the stadium. And after watching the video, since this was a national televised event, I definitely think the officer was out of line. The guy couldn't keep up, OK, so then being the only officer on duty he needed to take him down with a taser. And in that fictional scenario I think he would have been justified. However, he was NOT the only officer on duty. he was apparently just the lazy one without a sense of humor. I do appreciate the fact that we live in a new world where fear rules all. Someone doing something might do something bad. But come on, the kid was waving cloth above his head and seeming to be having a wonderful time. Now this just may be me, but if you were going to do something that was a felony or violent/combative, wouldn't you have made a bee line for that goal. This kid didn't have a goal, other than maybe to impress that girl at school. The officer should be sent back to run though all the basic training that officers need to do, get back in shape, then he can have his taser back. Also, they may need to remind him that it is LESS lethal, not NON lethal.

    May 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  85. Bob Leer

    He did something he should not have done and got his punishment. End of story.

    May 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm |