Officer John Rice was patrolling on 31st Avenue Friday night just before Midnight Friday night when he found a white Mercury Grand Marquis sitting in the middle of the parking lot at Stone Gate Apartments. When Rice stopped to talk to the people in the car (three black males), the driver quickly moved the car into a parking space. The passenger in the back seat, James Earl Moore, 31, hopped out and started walking away.
Rice repeatedly told the man to come back and get back in the car, but Moore ignored him. Rice then drew and discharged his Taser, hitting Moore in the back and bringing the man to the ground.
[Moore had a large stain on his chest where a drink was spilled. It’s unclear whether it was spilled in the tazing or if Moore is just a sloppy drinker. – JD] The other occupants of the vehicle gave Rice and backup officers no more trouble. An Ambulance was called to the scene to remove the Taser prongs from Moore’s back. [Only one was still imbedded in his back. The other was caught in his shirt tail. – JD] While waiting for the ambulance, Moore complained that he was still being tazed, saying, “I can still feel the shock. There’s still volts going through me!” [The Taser cartridge was dragging on the ground behind Moore as he walked around. There was no way he was still getting any kind of shock from it. – JD]
Once tended to by the EMTs that responded to the scene, James Moore was taken to the LCADC and charged with Failure to Obey a Police Officer.
[Moore bonded out relatively quickly, and was out and about Saturday night. He was pulled over in the same Grand Marquis for suspected drunk driving. When tested on the portable breathalyzer, the results were inconclusive and Moore was allowed to leave with a friend driving the car. – JD] 0