Police: Tasing 80-year-old was 'best way to apprehend her'
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 1:50 PM CDT
Updated: Jun 15, 2012 9:10 PM CDT
By Ray Rivera - email
DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -
St. George Police Chief Anthony L. Britt said that*an officer who tased a nude 80-year-old woman was justified* because the woman could have hurt police officers and EMS crews with her metal walking cane*which she was swinging at officers.
"We just felt that was the best way to apprehend her and not let her hurt anybody or herself," Britt said on Friday. "There was no other way to get her to come down from where she was at that point."
On May 21, a lieutenant with the St. George Police Department contacted emergency dispatch regarding noises he heard near his home. A police officer*responded and said he found*a nude elderly woman in front of a home on Gavin Street banging her walking cane on the rail of the steps.
"Officers made contact with her. She was non responsive and quoting scriptures from the Bible," Britt said.
Britt says he and another officer arrived shortly after and attempted to talk to the woman. Some time later,*a lieutenant with the police department and EMS crews*arrived.