Sunday, March 06, 2005

"This is Chuck E. Cheese, you know"

The call was a larceny in progress at Chuck E. Cheese. Aurora, Colorado police officers arrived to find 29 year old Danon Gale allegedly loading his plate at the salad bar but refusing to show the manager proof he had paid. He had two accomplices, ages 3 and 7. Asked to step outside "to discuss the incident," Gale refused. A police spokesperson said he then became argumentative and shoved one of the officers. While the spokesperson wasn't there to see what happened, another patron was:
"One of the officers kept poking the gentleman in the chest," Felicia Mayo told the Rocky Mountain News.

She was there with her 7-year-old son. She told the newspaper that Gale told the officer, "You don't have to do that." She said Gale never put his hands on the officer who was confronting him.

The argument escalated until Gale was shoved into the lap of Mayo's sister, who was sitting two booths away, holding a 10-month-old baby. That's when police pulled out a Taser stun gun to subdue him.

"They beat this man in front of all these kids then Tased him in my sister's lap," Mayo told the newspaper. "They had no regard for the effect this would have on the kids. This is Chuck E. Cheese, you know."

Gale's two children were "screaming and hollering and crying" as Gale was tasered two times with the stun gun.

Police arrested Gale as his children and other customers and their children watched. They took him outside, leaving his children inside the restaurant.(ABC Denver7 News)
He was booked for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespass. Police determined that proper procedures were followed in the use of the Taser.

Yep. Sounds right to me. If you can't use a Taser to stop larceny at a Chuck E Cheese salad bar, when can you use it?