Cop Watch: Webster Cops Taser Pastor at His Church and Pepper Spray the Congregants

These stories about Texas police and their tasers just keep coming – and you gotta wonder which story is the worst. And when something is going to be done about Taser-Happy Police in this state.

The latest story: cops use a taser on a pastor – at the church!

Over in Webster, Texas (which is close to Houston), the police claim that they were just doing a routine traffic stop when this guy interfered with them.

This guy who was interfering was the Pastor of the church whose property they were standing on … and whose church member was the person made the subject of the traffic stop.

Pastor Jose Elias Moran says he was trying to help his congregant, and he got tasered for his efforts. He’s got over 40 other church members who will be witnesses to the event, and they’ll be testifying that they were pepper-sprayed for their efforts to help.

While the cop says the pastor was interfering and pushed him (the cop), the pastor and his following dispute this, reportingly claiming that the cop was angry, the pastor went into the church for help, and after the cop kicked the door of the church these congregants came out where the altercation insued with the tasering and the pepper spray.

Latest on this story: the pastor was hospitalized, and he’s called a lawyer.

Within the past year, taser-targets of Texas Police just seem to get more and more obviously wrong…these stories are hitting us on a monthly basis:

In July 2009, we’ve got a Pastor being tasered by Webster police.

In June 2009, we had the Austin cop tasering the 72 year old grandma (twice) .

In May 2009, we had the drunk who got tasered to death by Galveston cops.

In April 2009, we had the Oakwood Police Chief who tasered his own WIFE.

In March 2009, we had the Houston cops tasering the Father of the Bride at a wedding where family friend Houston Astros pitcher Brandon Backe was arrested.

Tasers are dangerous. And while it’s true that it’s better to use a taser than a gun (and obvious deadly force), it’s nonsensical to think that a Taser is really necessary in dealing with an incapacitated drunk, a 72 year old woman, a Father of the Bride at his daughter’s wedding, or the Pastor at a church … much less a cop’s own wife.

Something needs to be done about this. Now.

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2 Responses to Cop Watch: Webster Cops Taser Pastor at His Church and Pepper Spray the Congregants

Tracy Bush says: March 25, 2014 at 9:25 am

I have a similar situation with this police department as well. If you can suggest how to file a civil lawsuit related to my situation, I would like to discuss with you. The corruption continues to this day and it should be stopped. Thank you for sharing your article.

Michael Lowe says: April 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Hi Tracy,
I generally don’t file civil lawsuits. However, my understanding is that these lawsuits can be productive if you sue the taser/stun-gun manufacturer as well. It’s tough to sue the government, in all its forms, because the government is shielded from civil damages as a general rule and to do so, you need to prove an exception to the sovereign immunity rule. That’s usually done 18 USC section 1983. Most lawyers won’t sue because it’s a tough hurdle to jump.
Thanks for writing,
Michael Lowe


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