MNPD “Taser-Cam” Footage of Deceased Gallatin Man

The above footage was captured on May 30, 2011, by a camera in the Taser unit deployed by Metro Nashville Police Officer Neil P. Wolfe on Micheal Minick. Minick’s family alleges that the now-deceased Gallatin man, who was originally wanted on a traffic violation, was beaten to death while in the custody of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office at Metro Nashville General Hospital in the weeks following this arrest.

In the grainy black-and-white video, Minick is shown standing in waist-high foliage in an area somewhere near Happy Valley Road in Goodlettsville, Tenn., according to Wolfe’s June 6, 2011, affidavit. Officer Wolfe can be heard saying “I’m going to tase you! I am going to tase you right now!” as a laser aiming dot appears on Minick’s body. Minick can be heard saying “I want water,” although the quality of the audio and the cross-chatter of their voices makes it hard to understand what, exactly, Minick was saying to Wolfe.

Moments later, Wolfe deploys the Taser and Minick falls to the ground. Wolfe approaches Minick from above and behind, keeping the taser sight trained on Minick’s back.

Minick was then taken to Nashville Metro General Hospital where, according to his affidavit, Wolfe learned that Minick was admitted “for dehydration and that he had ingested 500 mg of ‘Loco Motion Bath Salts.’ ” Bath salts are a legally obtainable drug with powerful effects, inducing hallucinations and other reportedly psychotic behavior in users.

The footage was part of an open records request produced by MNPD, and included various supplementary materials that appear to conflict with the events depicted in the video.

For example, Wolfe says in his affidavit:

I pulled out my taser [sic], turned it on, and placed the laser [sight] on the subject’s chest. I told him again that I would tase [sic] him. The subject looked at me, paused briefly and said “fuck you, I’m not going back to prison.” The subject then attempted to take off an run again. At that point I yelled “Taser” and deployed the device. Both probes made contact with the subject. The subject fell onto his back into the weeds.

Yet according to the video, Minick did not yell obscenities at Wolfe; instead, Minick says “I ain’t doin’ nothin’,” and turns to walk away, prompting Wolfe to deploy the Taser.

Minick was arrested without further incident and transported via ambulance to Nashville General Hospital’s emergency room, where he was allegedly beaten to death with batons while handcuffed and restrained in iron leg shackles by employees of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, who had been assigned to guard him.

http://www.nashvillescene.com/pitw/archives/2012/05/31/mnpd-taser-cam-footage-of-deceased-gallatin-man

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One Response to “MNPD “Taser-Cam” Footage of Deceased Gallatin Man”

  1. jane luna Says:

    dear family i know how you feel this happened to me and my son in 2010.stay strong.the da and the grand jurysaid the same thing no wrong doings. something is bad wrong with our state when authority figures can get away with murder.

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