Ypsilanti Citizen Police Sidetrack

Residents robbed after moving away
By Mark Tower
Jun. 7, 2010   ·   11:06 a.m.

Ypsilanti Police officers responded to a report of a home invasion at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the 700 block of West Clark Road in Ypsilanti.

The robbery happened...read more

Victim hospitalized after mugging
By Mark Tower
Jun. 6, 2010   ·   9:24 a.m.

A 45-year-old man was hospitalized early Friday morning after being assaulted and robbed on the 500 block of West Cross Street in Ypsilanti, according to a report...read more

Eight cited for violating curfew
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   7:13 p.m.

Eight juveniles were cited Thursday night during an operation by Ypsilanti Police officers enforcing the city's curfew ordinance, which forbids anyone under the...read more

Young bicyclist robbed at gun-point
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   5:57 p.m.

A 15-year-old male told Washtenaw County Sheriff Office deputies he was knocked off his bicycle at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday by two men, one armed with a handgun who then...read more

Township man shot during burglary
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   1:50 p.m.

A 21-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries early this morning after being shot in the back during an attempted...read more

Police say Taser use necessary to gain arrest Wednesday


YPD representatives say reports of harm to subject rumors

By Dan DuChene
Mar. 12, 2010    ·    4:52 p.m.

A man was Tasered Wednesday night by Ypsilanti police officers, after allegedly becoming assultive and combative during his arrest.

The incident occurred at approximately 8 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Transit Center on Pearl Street in downtown Ypsilanti and has caused rumors representatives from the YPD say they have been having to deal with for days.

Lieutenant Paul DeRidder said the Taser use was acceptable under department policy but two deployments were necessary, as the first deployment was unsuccessful due to the subject's thick jacket. He said a second deployment, a “dry stun,” was used on the subjects leg and he was placed under arrest.

DeRidder said rumors began to circulate about the subject becoming unresponsive after multiple deployments when already in custody. Some rumors even included the subject dying as a result of the deployments.

Tasers operate when two small probes are launched from the weapon, connected by wires back the to the gun. When the officer pulls the trigger, an electrical current is passed through the subject if both probes are attached to the body.

A dry stun occurs when the probes are not launched, but placed on the subject's body without being fired from the weapon. The officer then pulls the trigger and an electrical current is passed through the subject's body.

Representatives from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital said the subject was admitted Wednesday and later discharged. The said he was alive.

DeRidder said the subject was taken to the hospital, but for an unrelated matter he was complaining about.

DeRidder said a report has been forwarded to the county prosecutor and expected charges to be filed within a week. Representatives from YPD will not release the police report, as the matter is still considered an open investigation.

Stay with the Citizen as details about the situation are made public.

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