Phoenix Police Called To Talk Non-Threatening Man Off Roof; Taser Him Five Times; Man Dies

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A 44 year-old man in Phoenix was on an apartment roof “acting strangely,” according to local television news reports. So witnesses called the police to help him down. Instead, the police ended up killing him.

Michael Ruiz, the son of a former police detective, got on his apartment roof on July 28, alarming residents who knew of his ongoing drug issues. Fearful that Ruiz would harm himself, they called the cops. When the police arrived, they “coaxed” him off the roof with multiple taser shots and then proceed to drag him in handcuffs down the stairs.

Witnesses said Ruiz’ unsupported head was repeatedly hitting the concrete stairs so hard they could hear the impacts.

His father, Richard Erickson, saw the video made him sick to his stomach.

“I’d never seen anything like this before, even when I was with the police department,” he told ABC-15.

“I started crying ’cause that’s not right, to hurt nobody like that,” said neighbor Verna Young. “He didn’t deserve that. He was a nice person, very nice.”

The EMS report stated Ruiz had been tased five times. He had to be resuscitated once in custody, but he was hospitalized and was eventually put on life support. Erickson decided five days after the incident to take him off life support, and Ruiz died.

Erickson has hired an attorney and said he is seeking the termination of the officers involved in the incident.

Phoenix police are still investigating and have given no comment.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • manuel

    Cops are nothing but thugs and bullies and the fact they carry a badge and gun make them god almighty. This is the same sort of crap the Ft Worth, TX cops have been doing for years. I am surprised the military style (SWAT turds) cops weren’t called in, for this guy obviously was a threat to the entire city.

    • TexasOlTimer

      Begins to make you think twice before calling the police to ‘help’ with any matter. No telling who may wind up dead.

  • Kojak

    So POLICE killed a WHITE HISPANIC? Where is the outrage?

    • Quester55

      ON-Line, where it can do no harm!

  • Robert

    Those dumpa$$ cops should be fired and hope the family will sue the city.

  • wavesofgrain

    It is too much to hope that those bullying police offers will lose their jobs. The Unions won’t let them be reprimanded or be held accountable. I hope the father is successful in a major lawsuit against the department…too bad the taxpayers will have to be responsible for it, not the bullying police. We need to make public employees accountable….financially, also.

    • foxxybey

      No more government unions works for me.

      • okihadit

        no more obuma works for me , so we can get back to the country we once were.

        • foxxybey

          Obozo, the union caretaker, loves Marxism and shows it with the support he gives to the unions, the illegal president needs to go back to Kenya on a raft and doesn’t deserve that, should swim and then alert all the sharks. God Bless okihadit:

    • Vis Fac

      The Father should sue the officers that are personally involved and not the department that way the unions cannot be involved in their defense Make the officers pay for their OWN lawyers and sooner or later this thuggery will cease.

      The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

      A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

      Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

      Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

      Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!”
      shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

      • wavesofgrain

        I did not realize you could sue public employees personally regarding something they did on the taxpayer’s clock. Good idea!!! And I agree wholeheartedly with all you have said!!!

        • Vis Fac

          Our legal system allows anyone to sue anyone for anything. Civil suits are different from criminal cases so people can be held personally liable and responsible for their actions What keeps this semi-secret people aren’t willing to conduct research and Lame stream media will never report on it.

          The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing–Edmund Burke

          A republic is defined as a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president…

          Our republic no longer exists because we have an omnipotent self centered clown in the Oval office who is as unconstitutional as anyone can be. Anyone believing
          we still live in a republic had best take notice of what OUR elected officials are doing WITHOUT OUR consent. Our republic no longer exists because the people no longer have power!

          Benjamin Franklin once said … A democracy can be best described as two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
          contesting the vote.”

          Our Republic that allows for a well armed sheep to contest the vote!” shall soon be a fond memory for our rubber stamp liberally controlled congress is eagerly waiting to disarm us.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

    • IsThisAmerica

      Their goes the food tax forever. Now we’ll never get rid of it.

    • Quester55

      Nice Dream, Just wish it could happen in my life time!

  • Alan

    So many cops these days are only too happy to help you down. Six-feet down preferably.

  • Jeff

    I think police should be barred from possessing these “non-lethal” weapons until they stop hiring cops with the IQ of a geranium. It becomes an all-purpose weapon and is mis-used way too often.

    • spartacus

      hey jeff ! , why pick on geraniums , they did nothing to you !

  • Jenasus Parks

    So the guy was a little high getting a sun tan on the roof and the cops killed him.
    WTF, The cops are out of control. Wait until the [expletive deleted] hits the fan.

  • jdn

    When people realize that we are at war I feel sorry for the few good cops and even fewer good politicians .

    • Quester55

      True JDN. however the sad truth is, that finding an Honest Politician or a good Cop, is like, trying to find a Virgin in a whore-house!!

  • Warrior

    Hey, how about some more red light cameras to keep the “ball” rolling.

    Does anyone else think the “legal factory” is getting out of control………..or is it just me?

    • Quester55

      Must be you, cause the so-called, ” Legal Factory,” has been nearly totally ,”Out of Control”, since Obama took office!!
      The good news is, It’s going to get much worse, before you see a change for the better,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if you live that long!

  • peter

    Please understand that there is no way that one can teach a cop to think. In order to think one needs a brain for starters.

    • Alex

      Just like the Marines….no brains!

      • Nick

        Alex,

        Ignorant much? These “no brain” Marines are dying for you to be able to post these thoughtless comments, even if you didn’t ask..

  • Alex

    Hey, Ben Bullard—why no story about superhero Antoinette Huff, who calmed a member of our Well-Regulated Militia bent on shooting more schoolchildren?

    She did it without a gun!!

    • ibn insha

      Why there should any story about somebody doing his job properly? She did not do anything unusual, she is supposed to defuse potentially dangerous situations instead of shooting anybody and everybody in sight. You expect the rest of us to thank her for doing her job which she is getting paid for?

      • Nate

        ibn insha..

        1. She’s the school bookkeeper and I’m pretty sure that talking down a man holding an automatic assault rifle to save lives is NOT in her job description 2. Reporting on a story of an elementary school bookkeeper saving children from getting shot by talking down an armed man does not set some kind of automatic expectation for gratitude towards anyone but rather educates people with facts on breaking news that is taking place, which seems like something you can benefit from seeing as how you have your facts wrong. 3. SHE PREVENTED A TRAGEDY, that is why they should report on her.

  • Quester55

    I guess All Law Enforcement have had that , ” OBAMA”, Change effect them.

    From ” To Serve & protect,” To, ” JUDGE & TERMINATE ” !!

  • Donna Chutellemitsme

    Don’t know why anyone is surprised about Joe Arpaio’s goon squad. They’ve been killing people for years. It kills me to see my fellow patriots sing his praises and talk about what a great job he would do as POTUS simply because he is against immigration and hates O’dumbo. WHO DOESN’T?? Here’s another video for you where his goon squad taser a military vet to death. The vet had PTSD, did not fight back AT ALL and was tested clean for drugs and alcohol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dr5VFMUMEU

  • Broofy

    And yet, everyone seems to want to disarm civilians so only cops like this are armed…because only “well trained police” should be trusted with using force. Clearly “regular people” can’t be trusted with it.