Teen Tasered By Police, Falls Off Roof

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A teenager was tasered by a Baltimore City officer and fell off the roof.

Derek Valcourt explains the moments leading up to the 16-year-old’s fall.

That teen had climbed out onto the roof of his home trying to run from police. Internal Affairs is now investigating why an officer tased the unarmed 16-year-old.

Tasers are designed to help police subdue suspects threatening harm to officers or anyone else. A teen found himself on the receiving end of disabling volts of electricity. It happened Tuesday morning in the 4400-block of Wrenwood Avenue. As the City Warrant Apprehension Task Force came looking for the teen who had violated the GPS home monitoring punishment he received for a handgun violation, police say their officers were given permission to enter the home by the boy’s mother. But as detectives went upstairs to find the boy, he tried to run away.

“He ended up going outside to the roof of the house. A confrontation between a detective and the suspect ensued and the detective was compelled to fire his taser. As a result, because he was on the roof, the suspect fell to the ground and suffered some severe neck and back injuries,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.

Police say their officers are allowed to use tasers when someone is unruly, noncompliant or has the potential to cause a risk to the public, the police officer or themselves. Including accidental discharges, officers fired their tasers 146 times in 2010. A police spokesman says their Internal Affairs unit is investigating to determine if this was a case of excessive force.

“What Internal Affairs needs to do now is talk to the officer, talk to the suspect, figure out what type of confrontation ensued, why, and why was the officer compelled to use the taser,” Guglielmi said.

The teenager’s name is not being released because he’s a juvenile. He was transported to Sinai Hospital for treatment, but then taken to another hospital, where he underwent major back surgery.

His condition right now is unknown.

Comments

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  1. Denise Sipes says:

    damned dummy you know you’re in trouble man up to it the police had a warrant you did the crime so do the time just think if this moron dies the family will no doubt sue

    1. Karen L. Wilson-Maye says:

      Denise, what if the boy was your brother or another relative; would you feel the same way? I’m just saying …

      1. William Newsreader says:

        If this kid was my relative I’d slap him upside the head for getting in trouble to begin with. Not to mention violating his probabtion and running from the police. Maybe he learned a lesson this time. Dont go afterthe cops. Go after the parents for raising a punk.

      2. ksmith says:

        If he was my relative i would have turned him in myself

      3. jim says:

        there’s your answers….just saying.

      4. WHAT IF says:

        What If, What If!
        What If the world only functioned through What If?
        I don’t know if you noticed the part in the article that read “As the City Warrant Apprehension Task Force came looking for the teen who had violated the GPS home monitoring punishment he received for a handgun violation”. So
        “What If”- That “Kid” had not been arrested in first place with that gun and instead had used it to kill your brother or sister?

      5. Stephanie Morais says:

        Stop making excuses for those people. He run from the police again anytime soon. To bad hes hurt but he should have followed directions. When the police come to arrest you become compliant an do what they say. If had he done just that, he would have never been tased nor whould he be hospitalized. I feel for the uneccesary grief the officer has to deal with.

    2. Deaira Rogers says:

      My cousin is no moron and if you don’t know the real details please keep your smart remarks to yourself thanks!!!

      1. Jon says:

        Well just a clue if you commit a crime and then you are ordered to stay in your house instead of going to jail and then try and run from the cops because you could not do that……..that is not very smart…….

      2. bob says:

        your cousin IS a moron and so are you if you can’t see that. Just because he is family doesn’t mean he isn’t stupid.

      3. Dave Adams says:

        Please enlighten all of the public to the “real details”,Since you are obviously aware of the “Real situation…You were at the scene when the events unfolded,correct?

      4. Atim says:

        apparently he is a moron. He ran from the police. Only morons run from the police.

      5. Heartwings says:

        Only a moron would run from the police and not obey the orders of a police officer or the judge that told him the home monitoring probation conditions. In fact, he had to be pretty dumb to get caught with a handgun in the first place. A 16 year old has no business running around with a handgun! Since he had been convicted of carrying a gun, it is a logical assumption he likely had one with him (unless he was buck naked and the police could clearly see he didn’t have one) and they had every right to feel threated and use force. Maybe he said he was un-armed, but I certainly would not have taken his word given his record and conduct at the time.

        We all like to think our loved ones are saints, but your cousin’s conduct speaks for itself.

      6. Jim Musser says:

        He is 16 years old and if these actions cause thisboy to never walk again was it worth it? No decidedly not! I know how it feels to not walk again and think a taser shot on the roof may have been the wrong way to go.

      7. Peg says:

        There was a lack in judgment when the detective tasered him and didn’t think to see where the young man would fall! The young man had a problem with the law but now the law just went and potentially disabled this guy for life! Bad move to not think about the realistic outcome of being on a roof. If he were on the ground he would not be in the hospital now! An investigation needs to be done no doubt! Everyone needs to not be so negative and think about what went wrong besides breaking the law. The law just messed this young man up for life! Please be kinder when you make remarks.

        Good luck and God Bless you and your family Deaira!

      8. Be kind says:

        Dear Heartwings,
        Where is your heart and the young man didn’t have wings that he could have used as not to be in the dangerous medical condition he’s in. Perhaps you should change your screen name.

      9. Stephanie Morais says:

        Stop making excuses for criminals. It’s obvious your cousin is defiant and determined to do what he wants to do. He tried to escape from the police via the house roof, got tased and now hes in the hospital. Had he followed direction your cousin wouldnt have fell and injured himself. What your cousin needs is a parent who is willing to put their foot in his ASS HARD, SWIFT AND CONSISTENT. Your cousin owes society society does not owe your cousin.

      10. Kevin says:

        From what’s been presented in the article, the victim/criminal and the police were both at fault. The kid shouldn’t have run and the officer shouldn’t have fired a taser at anyone on the edge of a roof. That’s why there’s an internal investigation.

        As to the why would the kid run, we’d all just be speculating. As always, one’s race, background and life experiences will color their explanations and justifications for what’s happened. However, as someone that’s black, I can remember my upbringing involved a fair number of of explanations of what to do if you encountered police officers, particularly white officers. Being 46 years old, my parents drilled in to us to comply over and above what was requested. We were told to not give them any reason to do harm to us, this training covered being pulled over by police, being stopped and questioned as to why I was at a particular place and what I was doing.

        I know for a fact that my parents instructions have helped immensely on an occasion of two…particularly on “routine” traffic stops. We got drilled in this because in my parents day, it was common to be harrased by police for being in white neighborhoods, approaching a sales table in major department stores before whites had first or not purchasing certain items of clothing after touching them – ie, underwar of bras…apparently no one white would want to wear such under garments after someone black had touched them. These infractions and countless others often led to police involvement criminal charges and all other manner of non-sense. Today’s black youth have another whole set of instructions to work with when dealing with modern police regardless of their color. Want to know why certain drug hotspots remain hot despite police knowledge of them? Because they may be paid off by the dealers. And when the protection money isn’t paid or the involvement by dishonest police in the drug culture goes beyond protection, some youth know that the police looking for them are coming to do a lot more than take them to jail.

        Why mention all of this? Simple to provide some perspective that typically goes missing in these forums because everyone’s focused on race baiting or trading in stereotypes. Minorities in the US, Blacks in particular, often have a mistrust in the law enforcement agencies and authorities for well founded reason stretching back literally 200 years. What rational thinking person would think everything that happened over 300 to 400 years would change completely in 40 years. Remember, Martin Luther King Jr didn’t die from black on black crime…he was shot by a well-meaning white man from a distance with a snipers rifle because he wanted to drink from the same water fountain…

      11. Confused says:

        Did I miss something in the article…I don’t see race mentioned anywhere. Everyone is ASSUMING this child was black…

    3. Samuel Cole says:

      Denise are you off your rocker? Just because you run from the police does not give them the right to use a stun gun on you and now look he is in the hospital for injures that the state will have to pay for because most people cant afford major surgery esp the types he will have to go through. And by the way the police have to obey the law esp in terms of unarmed suspects who don’t exhibit a danger to the public or them. They could have waited him out and sooner or later he more than likely would have surrendered

      1. Justin says:

        Actually, it does. They are allowed to taser the person in question once he runs if they feel that there may be a reasonable danger to themselves the suspect or the general public. Since he violated GPS home monitoring for a handgun violation it was a reasonable assumption that there could be danger to one of the afore mentioned parties. He did it to himself by putting himself in the situation to begin with. He was caught tried and convicted the first time then decided he didn’t need to follow the law again. Which part of his decision making process qualifies him as not a moron? It’s easy to complain about the police all the time and ranted sometimes they do make mistakes but in general if the parents did their job and actually instilled values in the chldren instead of pumping out kids like baby factories then ignoring them and leaving them to their own devices there wouldn’t be as many opportunities for the police to do something like this.

      2. shut up says:

        “sooner or later he more than likely would have surrendered” Uhhh..what? Why do they need to waste their time waiting it out when there are more important, more serious crimes going on? F that. That kid wanted to act like an idiot and run, he got what he deserved. He’s lucky they didn’t just SHOOT him.
        What do you learn in pre-school? When a police officer tells you to do something: DO IT.

      3. John Doe says:

        Maryland Police Officers are disgrace to the Police force.The Internal Affairs are no better. I was stopped by a Baltimore County Officer and I was detained.My Money,IPod,and Blue-tooth was stolen and Internal Affairs said that they investigated my complain and found nothing wrong.So you think they going to find anything wrong with what this Police Officer has done?The Internal Affairs is very corrupt and sweep everything under the blue carpet.

    4. TW says:

      His family will sue anyway, bet on it!
      In my opinion, the Officer made the right choice. They were there because he “violated the GPS home monitoring punishment he received for a handgun violation.” In all probability, for anyone knew, he had a handgun in his possession when he attempted to escape. He probably spun around, or made some other bone-headed gesture, towards the Officer who then tased him in a split-second self-defensive reaction (better than shooting him with a 40 cal. Glock!). Falling off of the roof was an unfortunate consequence, granted. But, that’s the risk you take by running! Better to Man Up and own your actions!

  2. William says:

    If he ‘lunged’ at the Officer, then he’s lucky he wasn’t shot as opposed to just being hit with a stun gun. He’s the one that put himself in that situation, and he’s the one that forced the Officer’s actions, but I bet we’re the ones paying his medical bills. My condolences to that boy’s family, as I’m hoping they didn’t purposely raise him to act like this.

    1. Karen L. Wilson-Maye says:

      Excuse me but did you even hear what the child felon had to say or are we just going by what the officer reported?

      1. jim says:

        Why dont you read some of blueclaw’s comments before you post. why do you keep defending this convicted criminal, juvenile or not? You just keep commenting on people in favor of the officer, yet you dont provide any insight yourself? Just keep questioning people and make idiotic statements.

      2. Atim says:

        because shes a moron.

  3. RIp Yung Savage says:

    WHAT DOES LUNGE REALLY MEAN? POLICE USE THIS TERM ALOT BUT WHAT DOES IT REAAL MEAN.( PEOPLE DONT LUNGE AT POLICE BECAUSE THEY ALREADY KNOW THE OUTCOME). I THINK THEY BE LYING

    1. Karen L. Wilson-Maye says:

      I have to concur with you; I think some of these officers are playing with “a new toy!”

      1. PD says:

        You do realize that to be certified to carry and discharge a taser they have to be tazed dont you? Incase you’ve never had the pleasure of being on the recieving end let me tell you once you are you understand that its not a “toy” as you call it.

      2. jim says:

        Why do you feel the need to question moves by the police. Its as if you were either of victim of wrongdoing, or you are perpetuating the seperation of police and community. Why are you discounting this individual’s actions? You act you are above all these moves. Are you a police officer? New toy, how naive can you be. Is that what you think officers do, they join the force so they can play with “toys” as you put it. Get real and get informed.

    2. bonsai5o says:

      “I think they be lying” I’m going to take a guess and say you attended a Baltimore City public school.

      1. jim says:

        great comment.

      2. Olufemi Mulokwu says:

        That was a very ignorant thing to say. You act as if people who attend BCPS are all uneducated or poorly educated, which is false. People like you are the reason inner city residents treat outsiders with such disrespect and violence. You shouldn’t put people down based on something you obvious;y know nothing about. No, I did not attend a BCPS, however, I went to college with many of those students and I must say, they are highly intelligent. Do not assume that because someone has a public education they are illiterate because all you did was make yourself look like an ass.

    3. Kevin says:

      Try dictionary.com. I think you be needin grammar lessons.

      1. ONE OF KIND says:

        NEEDING IS SPELLED WITH A “G” AT THE END. HOW SMART ARE YOU? YOU SHOULD CHECK THE DICTIONARY!!!!!!!!!! AND ITS I THINK YOU NEED GRAMMAR LESSONS NOT, AND I QUOTE “I THINK YOU BE NEEDIN GRAMMAR LESSONS. SOMEONE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.

      2. BEAN says:

        um “ONE OF KIND” im pretty sure Kevin was being facetious (you can google that if you don’t know what it means)

    4. shut up says:

      Really?
      LUNGE
      [luhnj] Show IPA noun, verb, lunged, lung·ing.
      –noun
      1.
      a sudden forward thrust, as with a sword or knife; stab.
      2.
      any sudden forward movement; plunge.
      –verb (used without object)
      3.
      to make a lunge or thrust; move with a lunge.

      understand now?

    5. John Doe says:

      I totally in agreement with you Rip Yung Savage that they are lying as they always do

  4. Not Buying It says:

    “lunged at an officer through the window,” — Yeah, right. That’d be a very difficult thing to do from outside on a roof. I think we can guess what really happened here.

    1. Karen L. Wilson-Maye says:

      Doesn’t make much sense, does it? Hmmm…

      1. ksmith says:

        Doesnt make much sense to run onto the roof if the police are chasing you does it karen stop making excuses for him what he did was DUMB now he has to live with it

      2. jim says:

        great comment ksmith

  5. ratm33 says:

    That is just what the police say to try and condone what they do. Most police officers are crooked and they make up stuff to try and sound like they are not.

  6. Jogar says:

    RLP,not buying,ratm33: Doesn’t matter what this idiot did after refusing a lawful order from a police officer. From that point on he was a felon.If he’s stupid enough to get on a roff and try to escape he got what he deserves.Police,especially in Baltimore”the city that bleeds” are in constant danger when trying to apprehend someone. This jerk commited a crime,had a warrant for his arrest,and was trying to flee.He’s a dumb ass,but I do hope he comes out alright.As for you thee idiots that think the police were in the wrong,that’s probably cause your hidding from them too.

    1. Karen L. Wilson-Maye says:

      I, too, sympathize with our Police Dept; however, each officer is aware of the danger in Baltimore. And as for his being a felon, this is a still a child we’re talking about. It’s so easy to judge when it does not involve one’s own family!! I pray for this child as well as for the police officer. God knows the truth …!!

      1. not a child says:

        Still a child? he’s 16 years old, by legal standards yes he is considered a minor/juvenile because he is under 18 but if you didnt catch what the article said his original charge was “handgun charge”….once this children as you call them start playing and carrying guns they are no longer kids, if they are gonna play with big boy toys they are gonna be treated as adults and suffer adult consequences…..each officer is aware of the danger in baltimore and so is every thug that deals drugs, carrys a gun, commits crimes OR RUNS FROM THE POLICE!!! This isnt a game Ms Wilson, wake the hell up, this officer has a family to go home to every night, this thug had a prior for possession of a handgun and the officers going there knew that, like others have stated he’s lucky he only got shot with the taser and fell off the roof instead of death by lead poison!

      2. Atim says:

        no. if hes a felon, he is no longer a child.

      3. achijusan says:

        Karen, lets hear you weeping for “child felons” when one of them kills a relative or rapes you. Im HAPPY this punk is at least off the street and certainly wont be carrying any ILLEGAL HANDGUNS around any time soon.

        he got what he deserved.

        Ha asked for it.

        Im not at all sorry about it.

    2. Chris says:

      You have to be convicted of a crime to be a felon.

      1. Heartwings says:

        He was, that’s why he was on “house arrest” probation.

  7. Willie man hanging says:

    The kid is dumber than a box of rocks. Typical of Balto’s porch monkey community. The police? just as bad, we don’t need more police on the street, we need the ones we have to get smarter or have them replaced.

  8. jerome brewer says:

    The police could have out waited him. where was he going, he had to come down some time

    1. shut up says:

      Wrong. There are other crimes going on that police need to handle. If I’m getting robbed/stabbed/raped how long am i going to have to wait for help because police are “waiting out” this little ahole’s tantrum? ~you can’t caaatch me, i’m on the roof~, please. He got what he deserved.
      It was probably his PLAN to get knocked off the roof by the cops.
      He didn’t want to listen to the police then? I hope he has fun in jail listening to them 24 hours a day. Lock this little future-felon up!

  9. Free2speak2 says:

    To WILLE man hanging,

    What is a Balto’s porch monkey community???? Do you have any monkeys in your community??? You are a perfect example of why especially the male generation these days are gone astray & no mature, male, role models. STOP MONKEYING AROUND & STEP UP TO THE PLATE.

  10. Shawn says:

    That kid is lucky he didnt get glock. Did he think they were not gonna catch him? What an idiot. Now that poor cop has to deal with intenal affairs. What about him and his family. Im just mad the cop chose the taser and not the 9

  11. sammy says:

    if they came to arrest you, just go with them, he deserves that honeslty, end of story, i tell my sons if an officer stops you be respectful , dont run or be rude. #1 you are a black man #2 they have a gun #3 they will always win no matter what. i just hope every young black man out there can understand what the meaning of authority is because in my house i teach them about that and also the law

    1. Ebolter says:

      We need more parents like you!

  12. sherry says:

    I don’t feel sorry for the kid. I feel sorry for his family for having to put up with his BS. My 16 year old is just as bad and i tell her every day if you make a mistake correct it, if you do a crime pay the time.I feel sorry for the Police having to put up with these kids these days. This is not how i raised my daughter but she has been in more trouble then any kid i know and i have done everything i can for this girl and i adopted her to begin with and i guess this is the payback i get for being nice.

    1. Rena says:

      It was a great thing that you did by adopting this young girl and trying your best to raise her right, unfotunately, it’s the generation and not the raising. This generation is so lazy all they want to do is sit in front of the tv and play video games. They have no reapect for their parents, let alone the law and the police. Each generation gets worse than the one before it! And you can thank society and lawyers for telling kids that they have more rights than their parents – we can’t discipline our kids because some people abuse their’s. We are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Just listen to the ugly music they listen to and create – it’s disturbing to say the least! Good luck to you.

      1. Jo says:

        Rena, you say it’s the generation and not the raising? Well who makes the kids lazy? Who allows them to sit in front of the TV or play video games? Who buys the video games/consoles? It’s the freaking parents that allow this behavior not the generation. If you don’t want your child watching TV then don’t let them have one or take control of your child in the first place. It’s the parents lack of discipline in most cases that’s the issue. Granted there are those children that turn out bad no matter how you raise them but for the majority it’s the parents fault.

      2. mike says:

        it’s not the raising?….IT’S NOT THE RAISING ?…..to say that ,IS the problem…..the “kids will be kids” mentality is what’s wrong…If they’re drinkin when they’re 16, 17, or whatever….I keep hearing these idiot “parents”saying “oh they’re jus bein kids”…..so if you’re 16….a felon…..and a jr. thug ,gangsta wannabe…..you’re no longer a “kid”…….when you’re 16,you’re allowed to drive a 4000 lb. vehicle on a public street where my family drives. . . if your old enough to do that…..you should be able to understand what STOP……..or FREEZE ….means. if ya don’t wanna fall off a roof….don’t get on the roof………simple huh ?

  13. sammy says:

    if they came to arrest you, just go with them, he deserves that honeslty, end of story, i tell my sons if an officer stops you be respectful , dont run or be rude. #1 you are a black man #2 they have a gun #3 they will always win no matter what. i just hope every young black man out there can understand what the meaning of authority is because in my house i teach them about that and also the law. it is very important for us to understand that

  14. what do u know says:

    1st off its a shame how absent minded ppl are so quick 2 judge! Know your facts about a situation before you go running off at the mouth.were you there to see what happened? Did you see them chase the child,did you witness him being tased on the roof,did you witness him fall off that roof,did you witness him “lunge”at the police or was you even there to witness that same”moron”go the surgery to repair his spine that was broke in half? No you weren’t there so until you can comment on what you saw-mind your DAMN BUSINESS.get a life & stay out of others

    1. just my opinion says:

      @ what do you know: where you their when the situation happended? If you can’t handle peoples opinions stop blogging.

  15. Billiam says:

    It’s clear that everyone wants to put in their two cents with this event, but in all honesty, what did the kid think he was going to accomplish by going through a window on to a roof? There was no place to go but down and in reality, maybe getting tasered was the right thing to do at that time as compared to pulling out his service revolver and simply shooting to kill (police don’t shoot to injure). But no one has commented on the fact that he is 16 and has a handgun charge against him already!!! So, if you’re 16 and have a handgun charge – yes – that makes you a felon. He is not a child – at 16 with a handgun charge against you – you are no longer a child. Keep praying – it’s worked so well this far – not.

    1. sammy says:

      excatly, a kid with a gun can shoot a police, and when he goes to court he will tried as an adult.

  16. Deaira Rogers says:

    Hello my name is Deaira! The 16 year old Daniel Rockwell is my cousin. This story that the media and police are putting out is not true. My cousin Daniel did cut his GPS monitor off his leg over 2 weeks ago. When the police finally came to serve the warrant he did go to his bedroom and get onto the roof. But, as you can see on the picture of the house the roof is to small for 2 people to fit on let alone get into an altercation. He was tasered and then he fell and broke his spine in various places. He was then transported to Johns Hopkins hospital not Sinai where they performed immediate surgery on his spine. Just some updated accurated information. Thanks!

    1. Ihatebaltimore says:

      Well clearly he deserved it. Ugh I’m so like of all the little thugs and idiots in Baltimore can’t wait till they all kill each other off!

    2. mike says:

      ok….so he didn’t comply with orders….which is why he was in this situation to begin with….cause he can’t follow rules…..it’s unfortunate ,but when you don’t do the right things…..bad things happen….the police have better things to do than sit and wait till some lil thug decides he wants to come down off of a roof that he didn’t need to be on anyway……not like this is a isolated incedent of a “kid”(not) making a bad choice…..sorry

    3. reds says:

      what a dumb kid he should have not run from poloce he should be in jail any way. I have a 15 year old son that im teaching to stay away from trash like your cousin

    4. Atim says:

      You just violated his privacy. You were not supposed to identify the juvenile. You’d better hope the police don’t come after you and press charges for that.

    5. willie man hanging says:

      This is the price you pay for raising a rasin head.

  17. Blueclaw says:

    I have had a family member shot by police and you know what, he deserved it. There was no law suit, no asking for special inquires. As a family you can grieve for the loss, but you need to understand these men and women in uniform have a tough enough job already. Tasers aren’t a “new toy” as another commenter suggested. They are a “non-lethal” alternative to their service weapon. Yes there will always be bad cops out there, but the majority of the force show up every day to do a job. Their pay sucks, their life is at risk every call, every traffic stop.

    1. Rena says:

      Thank you! Someone finally making sense – Police officers and firemen should be the highest paid governent employees, yet they are among the least!. Yes there are some bad ones but there are more good ones and they risk their lives to save strangers they don’t know. I feel sorry for this family but I don’ know what they expected the police to do! “Oh, sorry ma’am your son is out on the roof, will you ask him to come in so we can punish him for breaking the law – again”. Get real

      1. just my opinion says:

        Excellent

    2. mikie says:

      very well said……..sorry for the loss ……people need to realize when someone is wrong they’re wrong….if one of my daughters or son put someones life in danger for some stupid reason…..they get what they get……..it’s how it works

  18. Jeremy says:

    I bet this kid is a problem child with more than 10 arrest. He dont listen to his momma and he dont go to school. If he had shot th cop then what. A flag for his mom and a check for his kids? No good. This kid was acting up so he got tased. So be it. Lets be mindful its a felony warrant for a gun

  19. Jeremy says:

    Dearia Rogers how many times was your cousin arrested and what was he doing on that roof when the cops are serving a warrant? U said he cut his gps off 2 weeks ago so why didnt u report it 2 weeks ago. I bet he gets his ignorance from u

    1. deaira says:

      Just that once he he was running of course and I bet you get your ignorance from your mother!

      1. jim says:

        wow, you couldnt sound more uneducated. U chose to come on here and try and defend your cousin, but there is nothing you can say that will excuse his actions. The best thing you can do is stop posting and go support your cousin. He needs you more than some message board does.

  20. Lisa S. says:

    It doesn’t matter how old, what he did, why he was running…he was NOT LISTENING TO THE COPS. Period. If a cop asks you to stop, you stop. Period. I’m so sick of people who think they can run away, for whatever reason, and get away with it. I’m sorry he fell, but he fell because he did not obey police orders and was in violation of his GPS. If you see the uniform, the badge, the gun and are given commands: follow them. Everyone else is expected to. Shape up, Baltimore.

  21. Whats Wrong w/ This Picture says:

    Home monitor for a handgun charge? I thought there was a mandatory 5 year sentence for that?

    1. Feisty333 says:

      HAHA not in Baltimore Hun. Go sit in court on Gay Street. The Masters will let them go without even blinking. They have have a gun while smoking crack and they will get off……even while on probation.

      1. Atim says:

        he is a juvenile. he got a reduced sentence

    2. wetr says:

      Excellent point.

  22. what do u know says:

    What makes u think he was arrested more than 10x’s? For the record he wasn’t know your facts before you jump out there making assumptions!

  23. what do u know says:

    Again know your facts! If getting caught with a rusted shotgun,that fell apart when the police tried to check it for bullets,where is the felony?probation was issued because the state said the rusted gun could be used as a stick there for a weapon!where’s the felony?know what the hell you talking about before you part your lips to speak

    1. I don't care says:

      The idiot still shouldn’t have violated his punishment, or ran from the police, both of which are also crimes. This sounds like a repeat offender to me. Gravity hopefully knocked some sense into him when he hit the ground, because his family clearly did not.

    2. mike says:

      the pathetic excuse makers ,like yourself,……is why baltimore is a septic tank…..the FACT is….having a hand gun.is a felony……and i don’t care if it was a cap gun…..and he pointed at the police…..he’d be dead …..i cannot understand why I have to see you people(excuse makers) on the news playing your victim rolls…….you guys are really good at it though…..lol

  24. ravenmaniac881 says:

    Deaira…..shut your pie hole. Were you there? Probably not. Why didn’t his parents either turn him in for cutting off the ankle bracelet or discipline him….Oh they probably couldn’t…dad’s in jail and mom’s not worried about her son’s well being. The Baltimore City Police should not have to go out and track down a little juvenile delinquent punk. I say lock the parents up also since I’m sure thay saw he was without the bracelet. I guess the home monitoring system doesn’t work…..guess the next step is lock his little sorry arse up till his sentence is complete.

    1. deaira says:

      I say you mind your damn business no I was not there abd I didn’t have to be you ppl are so ignorant! I say lock you up for running your mouth so much!

      1. I don't care says:

        Criminals running loose in our streets is a scenario that’s all our “business”. We now celebrate one less.

  25. steve says:

    what was he doing on the roof? My only assumption is that he was trying to flee. The only way off the roof is to jump, maybe that was his plan. He just so happened to get tased in the process. You break the law and run from the police there are gonna be consequences. Prime example.

  26. Whats Wrong w/ This Picture says:

    Who thinks its ok for a “child” to carry around a “rusted” shotgun??? He shoulld’ve been behind bars not on home monitor. I see ignorance runs in the family. Once again….Maryland’s legal system has #FAILED

  27. Billiam says:

    So, the poliice came to serve a warrant and he takes off. He didn’t comply with the officer’s request to stop, and now we have a relative offering some “excuse” as to why “two people couldn’t fit on the roof,” when in the same blog she says “he cut his gps monitor off two weeks ago.” It’s also clear that since he’s 16 year old, they aren’t releasing his name to “protect him.” Protect him from what, himself? Someone needs to do some research, put his name out there, and let’s see what “other” things he has on his record. For anyone in your 40’s or 50’s now, could you imagine being 16 and already having a handgun charge on your record? My parents would have taken care of the situation, plain and simple. Today – we have to be politically correct and not offend anyone, or offer too much discipline, or watch what we say because everyone today is too sensitive. The world is no better than it was 40 years ago – and that’s a shame.

    1. Bobby says:

      She mentioned his name is Daniel Rockwell in a posting above. There is a Daniel L Rockwell who was born in 1976 on the Maryland Judiciary Court Case Search that may be his father – long list (two pages) of criminal activity…

      1. Spoda says:

        He would be the Daniel Rockwell born June, 1994. He has been part of the paternity cases against the Daniel Rockwell you looked up. His age prohibits us from looking up his record. Like father like son.

      2. GANGSTA LEAN says:

        HOW MANY BABY MOMMAS DOES THIS 16 YEAR OLD HAVE ALREADY? I BET HIS DADDY ALREADY HAS 20 KIDS BY 10 DIFFERENT BABY MOMMAS.

      3. death penalty says:

        so your thinking this “kid” . . .actually has his fathers name………ha ha lol

      4. Spoda says:

        Daniel Rockwell born 6/94 would make him 16 years old. I doubt there are too many “16yo Daniel Rockwells in Baltimore.

  28. what do u know says:

    Ravenmanic881 do you know what the sentence was? I don’t think you do so mind your’s,got nothing better to do with your time? For the record shut your pie hole until you can prove you was there & witness the events first hand

    1. deaira says:

      yes ppl always got something negative to say smh!!!

      1. Willie man hanging says:

        Deaira, you sound like a real porch monkey. Bet you have gold teeth, purple streak hair, a fat Popeyes chicken ass all courtesy of welfare. No need for the Easter bunny this year at your hole in the wall. You’re the Welfare Bunny.

      2. GANGSTA LEAN says:

        YOUR NEPHEW IS TRASH AND DESERVES TO BE THROWN AWAY WITH THE GARBAGE. DONT WORRY I’M SURE HE’LL FIND A WAY TO GET HIS SELF KILLED WHEN HE GETS BACK OUT ON THE STREETS ACTIN LIKE THE GANGSTA THUG HE IS.

      3. tony toco says:

        to willie man hanging
        man, i see every comment blog saying something bout porch monkey’s this, and welfare that. you sound like one of those sexually frustated guys, whose quiet as a mouse in public, but get on here and now you wana talk like a gangster. you trip me out!! All i know is as long as you work and your family, all of u will ALWAYS be paying to help the poor and the porch monkeys are closing in on U!!! YOU WILL BE CONSUMED!!!!

      4. jim says:

        tony toco,
        how is your statement any more intelligent than willie’s? “the porch monkeys are closing in on U?” What the hell is that? So you think that people that sit on their stoops all day and talk about the neighborhood are going to consume the working class. Get real. And why would you perpetuate something like that?

  29. Glock says:

    Remember the kid that got cained, i bet he dont spray paint anything anymore.
    I bet if we took that stand with our kids they wont run around with guns then we wont have to tase them.

  30. Jeremy says:

    Dearia what do u think the cop should have done? The warrant was for a gun. Arent u happy it was the taser instead of the real gun? Now your family will sue the city and buy gold teeth and new balance but the fact remains your cousin should have either not violated his parole or listened to that cop. Why did he try to run and force the cop to taser him

  31. laurel says:

    why is everyone so upset about the cops doing their job? this nitwit ran from the cops and they did not feel like playing games. got what he deserved. hopefully if they try to sue, it is thrown out.

  32. WOW...WOW...WOW... says:

    While I do not know all the TRUE details of this case I will give my opinion anyway. As a parent I can always say there was a better way to handle it. For those who keep saying he’s not a child he’s 16. He is a child in his truest sense. Boys already mature at a slower rate and the kids in this generation do not nearly have the common sense that previous generations were born with. So by definition I would have to say this boy was still a Child no matter his past criminal record. I think that this was an unfortunate situation and things escalate very fast. I’m sure the officer felt he/she did the right thing by tasing and not shooting. Unfortunately, this chilld was still seriously injured. I’m sure the officer feels bad about the outcome and the possibilty that this child will be crippled for the rest of his life. However, he is alive and thats better than dead. This is his test and will become his testimony. He will grow into a man that will make better decisions because of his experiences. Without placing blame and making excuses he made some bad decisions the officer made the better decision and it still had a terrible outcome. Everybody should just take responsibility of their own actions. I do hope that this young man will recover. I do not feel the officer acted maliciously, I think he did what he thought was best..but in hind sight after the child fell I’m sure he/she realized it may not have been very smart to tase someone standing on a roof because its no other outcome besides falling.

    1. Billiam says:

      At 16, he is not a child but I will agree with you he has no common sense; don’t bring past generations into this because at 16, I wouldn’t have been involved with guns or people who carry guns. Whatever sense he has is misguided and unfortunately, the parents or guardians or grandparents didn’t choose to assist here. Unless you are some kind of clairvoyant, how do you know this “child” will grow into a man that will make better deicisions – doesn’t sound like he’s doing a very good job now. When will we stop offering excuses for bad behavior? Never….

      1. WOW...WOW...WOW... says:

        actually he is..in the United States your not an adult until the age of 18. Its really hypocritcal that in some instances your an adult and some your not. You can’t sign contracts until your 18, because your capable, but yet your expected to make adult decisions in adult situations. A 16yr old does not have the logic of a 32 yr old. No I’m not a clairvoyant. I’m just saying that this child has experienced a near death fall with the possibility of being paralyzed for life which is going to change his life. Most people change from an experience like that. I am a mother of 2 young boys. And while pregnant with my first I have played scenarios over and over in my head to try and prepare myself for things that young black men are faced with. You sir may not have been involved with guns or people who carried guns. We come from a different world then what it is today. I wondered how I would handle it if I went in my childs room and found a gun. I know how I would handle it how would you. Unfortunately its the world we live in and too many people are not facing reality..When God was removed from schools, and history was watered down, you lost values and hope. Children have no fear of God, their Parents, or the consequences of their actions, they don’t have any hope for a future because they don’t know where they came from. and until we as adults get our heads out of our politcally correct behinds our children are going to continue to be lost and continue to make stupid decisions.

    2. grow up says:

      just because he is not an adult does not mean he is a child.

      1. WOW...WOW...WOW... says:

        you have adults and you have children..what’s inbetween??

    3. mike says:

      ….that was well said…..except that your not
      BORN with common sense…..no matter what generation…..it’s learned….and taught buy your parents and family……some people have failed him along the way…..but that doesn’t change what he did…..unfortunate

  33. oh danny boy says:

    the kid is problem child people i know him personally and look he should have followed orders like he knew for the past 10 times. First off he was running you dont do that you abide by the rules this is just another thing that comes with doing the wrong thing.

  34. Mervo Mustang says:

    Stupid is what stupid does.

  35. Kyle says:

    If you run from the police, bad things happen to you. I find it quite ridiculous that some posters have felt the need to bring up race. This incident has nothing to do with race, it has to do with a lack of respect for authority. None of us know the specifics of the case, or the specifics of how the juvenile was raised, so I feel it is inappropriate to pass judgement on anyone involved. That being said, the family will no doubt sue and the city will no doubt settle. The real crime in this instance is that our civil court laws will allow for a settlement like this to happen. Like I said earlier, respect for authority. And, if you have poor enough judgment to run from the police or furthermore get onto a roof to evade them, then whatever happens next is on you.

  36. brosef says:

    96% of blacks voted for obama. that is racist.

  37. jessejerkoff says:

    uh looky heer white folk, this po boy is a produck of his envi-o-ment. he don’t be doin’ nuffin rong and the po-po be comin’ up in his crib!!!! dat be crazee yo. why they can’t lee dat boy alone???? dey rasis tryin’ to cage him up lik a animal. to hell wit da poleese.

    1. Billiam says:

      I’ve never seen a more idiotic reply to anything I’ve ever read – until now. Please go back under your rock and not post on here anymore. I’m sure there are words to describe you, but my parents would be offended if I used them in any manner.

  38. Bruce R Scott says:

    The police are too quick to use force. They had him cornered on a roof. He could not go anywhere. He would have given up eventually. It did not say he attacked the police. all they had to do is wait him out. Yes it takes longer but the city is now on the hook to pay for his bad back for the rest of his life. How many millions do you think that is going to cost the tax payer.

    1. moleman says:

      Brucie baby, tHE CITY IF SMART WILL SEE THAT this insolent porch monkey should receive an endless supply of heroin until he overdoses. End of payments to the family, end of Gold capped teeth & New balance shoes, end of story.

  39. Warden Leo Glen says:

    Reminds me of Augustus Hill. Those who fail to watch OZ are doomed to repeat it.

  40. sans sympathy says:

    Wait him out? He lunged at an officer (and for those of you confused about the definition of a lunge, do us all a favor and lunge off a cliff). Police don’t respond by sitting around and waiting for problems to resolve themselves. This idiot escalated things by climbing onto the roof and then he made a physically aggressive move towards a peace officer. The officer reacted to Daniel’s aggression by subduing him with a taser. Action. Reaction.

  41. GANGSTA LEAN says:

    That dude is a punk thug who deserves what ever happens to him! I’m glad that little punk got dropped off the roof to the ground. I hope he’s paralyzed!

    He’s a little punk thug who thinks he’s gangsta. Now he can be real “gangsta” while he’s rollin around in his wheelchair! Better get those wheelchair equipped with some rims son!

    This punk is a loser and the whole city of Baltimore is gangsta paradise. Everybody hates the po-po so what I say is they should disband the police force, build a huge wall around the city, and let the rest of us get a good laugh while the animals kill each other inside the zoo! That way they cant blame po-po anymore and they can all live out their gangsta fantasies!

  42. ksmith says:

    news flash if u dont want to fall off the roff dont go onto yhe roof

  43. jim says:

    anyone that feels the need to escape from police are probably doing so for a good reason in their eyes. This young man made an unfortunate decision and he will have to pay for it the rest of his life. Sympathy to the family, but when you decide to commit illegal acts, you deserve what comes your way.

  44. I don't care says:

    If I was at the scene when he fell, I would have been like Nelson from the Simpsons…HA HAH!

    1. Atim Ant says:

      ^^^AGREED! lol

  45. chester12 says:

    the blacks are ruining this city…

  46. verno says:

    i understand everything that every 1 is sayn but if it was you or someone you love that got tasered off a roof u would be upset too

  47. KottaMan says:

    Well, the teen should have abided by what Chris Rock said. First, Man, I wouldn’t do that s–t if I were you. Next, If the police have to come and get you, they are bringing an a–s whippin’ with them. Seriously, where are the parents in all of this? It seems that this kid is in need of some accountability training.

    1. BigDawg says:

      I agree with you Kotta. This man-child was taught by his father to be a thug. It is a learned behavior. But the justice system failed this man-child. They should have given him the 5 year sentence just like a adult. If he thinks he is man enough to carry a gun at 16 then he should be punished like a man.

  48. Traci L Robbins says:

    Little perp run’s that’s what he deserves !

  49. Had Enough says:

    Here’s a novel concept: instead of blaming the cops for using the tazer or the kid for running around on the roof tops, why not blame the Judge for not keeping this criminal locked up in prison instead of allowing him the opportunity to become injured? Win-win all around.

  50. K9cop says:

    First, as a cop, we are trained to evaluate surroundings in a split second. Even if this kid lunged at the Officer in question, he was on a roof. The officer used a taser because he didn’t feel the situation warranted deadly force. With that said, the officer had to assume the kid was not actually a serious threat. He never should have fired the taser at ANY person on a roof. As a cop I think it is negligence. Of course there is always his side, the kids side, then the truth. So who knows.

    1. thanks says:

      thanks for your input. I really don’t think this cop acted maliciously. I think he just made a bad judgement call. I think it could have been handled better and because of a lack of good judgement the Police Dept is now open to a negligence claim.

      1. Uncle Fester says:

        Im sure that cops mom is happy this thug didnt shoot her son. Carrying a gun, violating parole, cutting off your gps and disobeying a direct order from a cop speaks volumes about this individuals character. No one is more at risk in the world than a baltimore city cop. These teens have no respect for the law. He broke the law several times and im happy he wont be able to hurt me or anyone in my family. Bzzzzzzz

    2. Owings Mills says:

      You have a trained dog that can kill as your partner because you are too pu$$y to fight the common thug. Guess it’s easy to pass judgment when you’ve never really apprehended anyone on your own.

      1. Jeremy says:

        I work hard 6 days a week to live in my 600k house and drive my 2010 range rover why would i need to fight a thug. That why i pay taxes. Those tax go to pay police. Those police have guns and tasers thanks to those tax dollars. U go being a thug and hopefully u take your stupid azz on the roof after u commit a crime and those tax dollars will get u down one way or another

  51. Homie don't play that says:

    Maybe they should haved ask the kid not to run from the police. What should the cop have done? Try to get him off the roof using force and risk injury to himself? Did the article not say he had a handgun in the past and vilolated his GPS home detention? What is a 16 year old punk, thug, doing with a handgun. The cops should have pulled him back inside, where he could have gone for the cops gun, by a lunge, and been shot dead. Praise Jesus. Show us his prom pictures WJZ.

  52. Tony says:

    The police are paid by the people to enforce the laws and maintain order. The officers have families at home just like everybody else. Why should a officer chance getting into a tussle with someone on a roof who obviously doesn’t respect the law? It’s time to stop continually pointing a finger at the police and instead ask where was this guys personal responsibility for his actions begins.

  53. moleman says:

    Tony, You don’t know jack s…..t about human / animal nature. i HAD A FATHER BEATEN almost to death for a few dollars, a daughter raped because the porch monkey wanted a good time. Walk a mile in my shoes or any of you bleeding hearts & have it happen to you & then come see me. These things are sub culture creatures with no skills , no morals & only care about their dice’s. If it feels good do it , is their motto.

    1. Hey Moleman says:

      Hey Moleman – Enough with your sob stories, you gutless pig. It ain’t a black thing as you say. It’s a criminal thing, black, white, red and brown. If you had the guts you would have sought revenge for your dad and daughter not cry on this board, you loser. Nothing to do with race, only the character of the people involved.

      Asians rule, moleman drools.

      1. moleman says:

        You are a coward soup eating egg roll whose life is bitter & you sound like a tough guy eh? Wonder how tough you would be at age 10. wan you father was almost killed. Your daughter goes to campus & is attacked by blacks. Police take a report & nothing happens. Guy now is most likely dead or in prison. Yeah tough guy, slangy eyed noodle head.

    2. Please says:

      Why the beef with us all moleman. My wife is black and I’m of mixed race. The boy may have did wrong but he don’t need to be tazered. By the way you talk maybe you daughter had sex and then cried rape. Afraid to tell her bigot dad she was sexually attracted to a black man.

    3. Walk the walk says:

      Moleman, these people don’t understand unless they had the misfortune of being the victim of crime as I have. I was shot at by a thug, lucky for my family he missed and I got away. Just your average punk kid looking for a quick dollar. Fence the city and keep those in jail inside away from the rest of us. Civil rights my left nut!

  54. joe s says:

    well better tased then shot maybe next time he will stop when hes told

  55. bonsai5o says:

    1. If Rockwell had never been arrested for carring a handgun he would have never been placed on home detention.
    2. Had Rockwell never removed his ankle braclet the police never would have come to his home in an attempt to serve a warrant.
    3. Rockwell had the opportunity to submit to the officer’s lawfull arrest and not attempt to flee. Rockwell chose to flee which resulted in the use of the taser.

    Rockwell choose his own destiny and must live with the consequences. Hopefully he will learn from this but he probably wont. The only good thing out of this situation is he will be alot easier to catch now that he will be confined to a wheel chair.

  56. harrythe hammer says:

    F……K all porch monkeys. they have no balls unless in a gang.

    1. BRITTANY says:

      IM GOING TO PRAY FOR YOU AND HOPE YOU CHANGE HOW YOU THINK CUZ YOU LOOK AND SOUND REALLY STUPID!!!!!!!

  57. Black and White says:

    Why is everything about Race. So sick of it. Porch Monkeys, Gold Teeth, Really.. Whats all that for. The crime in baltimore is being committed by both races. Look at PigTown, The Village, everywhere BLACKS, WHITES, CHINESE it really doesnt matter. Sad that it happened but he should have surrendered better yet he shouldnt have been arrested in the first place. i blame everyone. U cant discipline kids anymore becuase they lock u up, if u dont the kids do what they want. Go bac to when the neighborhoods stood together. It takes a village

    1. moleman says:

      The reason it’s about black & white is because blacks commit the most crimes & those crimes are violent. Granted, the blacks occup the vast majority of the city & that is because they lack the skills, are too lazy to get educated & revert to the same things their ancestors did before them & that is suck on the gov’t tit. Whites commit crimes but let’s take an area theta is predominately all white such as Gaithersburg Md or a county like Fairfax Va. You don’t see the white on white violent crime because the family structure is in place, kids care about their education not just playing basketball or having a new ride with cool rims. New balance shoes & gold teeth along with purple straked hair is more important to these porch monkeys than their future. In other words, Blacks future is now!

      1. Mole in hiney says:

        Moleman no good man. He mole. He have hole. In head. In hiney. We call him mole in hiney from now on. He racist, bigot, trailer trash not nice boy. He not strong man. He get beat up by no arm man in wheelchair.

        We all rule. It does take a village. Neighbors unite against the crimes of mole in hiney.

  58. SHANIA says:

    OK TO ALL THOSE WHO FEEL AS THOUGH HE IS SO BAD. AND HE DESERVED IT. YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SAY WHAT SOMEONE DESERVES. YOU DONT KNOW WHAT OR HOW YOU WOULD FEEL UNTIL YOU WERE PUT IN THAT SITUATION. AND I CAN PROMISE YOU IF IT WERE ANY OF YOUR KIDS IF ANY OF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, OR A CLOSE FAMILY MEMEBER OR FRIEND YOU WOULD FEEL SOM KIND OF WAY. SO YOU CAN’T HONESTLY SAY WHAT YOU YOU WOULD DO OR FEEL UNTIL THEN. WHAT IF HIS INJURIES PREVENT HIM FROM WALKING AGAIN. THEN WHAT OH THEN ITS GOING TO BE THEY MESSED HIM UP ALL BECAUSE HE GOT TASED. PUT YOURSELF IN THAT SITUTATION AND THINK ABOUT IT. YOU WOULD SEE IT DIFFERENTLY. YES HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN IN TROUBLE AT ALL BUT FACE IT EVERY ONE TAKES THE WRONG PATH OR MAKES A MISTAKE WE ARE NOT PERFECT. SO INSTEAD OF TALKING DOWN ABOUT HIM OR EVEN JUST THINKING IT. PRAY FOR HIM. BECAUSE HE IS GOING TO NEED. AND IM SURE NONE OF YOU WILL BE THERE TO HELP HIM THROUGH THE REHABILITATION AFTER ALL OF THE SURGERIES ARE COMPLETE. THIS IS NOTHING BUT IGORANCE AND ITS SAD BECAUSE YOU ALL ARE MAKING EVERYTHING THEY SAY ABOUT BALTIMORE CITY YOUTH TRUE INSTEAD OF TRYING TO HELP MAKE IT BETTER. THIS IS REDICULUS, THAT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO THINK SO CLOSE MINDED AND SO DISRESPECTFUL. ITS REALLY REALLY SAD.

    1. Billiam says:

      I do have a right to say what I think someone deserves, but I’m not the jury (lucky for him) so I’m only expressing my opinion. But you are dead wrong in one aspect of your comment – if it WAS my child, he wouldn’t have been in that position to start with from day one. He would have never had a handgun violation (and it doesn’t matter what kind of gun it is), and if the police would have questioned him for anything – he would have shown the proper respect and authority someone should show when a police officer asks you to do something. He brought this on himself – so it is unfortunate that these injuries are as severe as they are, but he had NO BUSINESS going onto the roof. What;s disrespectful to me is everyone wants to offer excuses for his behavior, when all he had to do was comply with the officer’s request. Don’t come on here telling me how I would feel if it was one of my children – you don’t know how I would feel. Everyone can has a right to express their opinion. No, I won’t be there to help him with his rehabilitation; it’s not my place to be there. It was “ridiculous” to go on the roof in the first place; anything that happened after that, including being tasered, was his fault.

      1. BRITTANY says:

        so you are going ot be there for every decision that your child makes no. you cant be with your child all the time. yoiur child leaves the house to go to school. if you dont take them how do you know they really go. no parent watns to see their child in troubel but unfortunately some children make those choices. you cant make your childs choices for them. if you tell them no they cant do it then they are going to do. so since you plan on making and livivng your childs life for them then you can but unitl you ACTUALLY LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES FOR THEM THEN YOU CANT SAY THAT AT ALL BECAUSE FOR INSTANCE IF YOUR CHILD WAS IN THAT SITUATION, YOU WOULDNT WANT TO HEAR PEOPLE CONSTANTLY SAYING HE DESRVED IT BECAUSE HE SHOULDNT HAVE DONE THIS OR DONE THAT. YOU WOULD BE UPSET ABOUT IT AND WANT THEM YO TIHNK DIFFERENTLY. YOU WERENT THERE HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEWS AND THE STORY WASNT COMPOLETELY ACCURATE????? SO WHEN YOU KWNOT HE WHOLE STORY THEN YOU CAN MAKE SUCH IGNORANT STATEMENTS. WHICH PROVES MY POINT. YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU WILL DO OR HOW YOU WILL FEEL UNTIL YOUR PUT IN THAT SITUATION!!!!!!! AND THIS IS WHY IS SO MUCH HATE IN THE WORLD BECASUE OF THE OBLIVIOUS, IGNORANT AND DISRESPECTFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. NO ONE IS PERFECT. SO HE MADE A BAD CHOICE BUT NO ONE HAS TO RIGHT TO SAY THAT THEY DESERVE WHATEVER PUNISHMENT THEY GET. BECAUSE IF YOU WERE IN THEIR SHOES YOU WOULDNT BE SAYING ANY OF THIS. YOU WOULD BE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND AND CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY

    2. Stephanie Morais says:

      I shouldnt nor should anyone else be made to imptove the lives of the youth in Baltimore City. Thats the responsibility of the parents. If everyone handled their part then Baltimore would have less crime. Society does not owe we owe society.

  59. DoorKeeper3 says:

    All of this could have been avoided if the police had just given the warrent to the boys mother who let them in. If he is 16 years old just go through the parent who is right there and they would have been done. Problem solved.

    1. Stephanie Morais says:

      I don’t agree. It’s the responsibility of the police to deliver the warrant plus the offender has a handgun charge and he cut off his home monitoring device. Also, what makes you think the parent would have been effective? It’s obvious based on the offender criminal past the parents are having issues with controlling their son. If the parent knew he cut off his monitoring device why didnt they contact the police department? I find it hard to believe who ever the adult was in the house didnt know that young man removed his monitoring device.

  60. joe silvestri says:

    here we go race card pulled again just shoot him next time

  61. Howardthe duck says:

    Well spoken Billiam, All Blacks are not bad . It’s the young out of control gangsta rap emulators that are the problem. No respect for authority & all their role models are dead or living the Puff Daddy life out in L.A.

  62. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Losers make excuses, winners get results.

  63. Amy says:

    He is a 16 year old ALREADY being charged and CONVICTED of HANDGUN violations. Forget the taser….the cop should have shot him…….The taxpayers wouldn’t then have to worry about all the future crimes he WILL commit once he gets off of his home monitoring….
    Enough said.

  64. ravenmaniac881 says:

    Isn’t it ironic how the more people that come on here and condemn this poor young man the less we hear from Deaira Rogers…..his cousin. What a joke to first off claim someone is your relative but then act as though you know the entire story. The worst part is…he probably broke a nail and now his welfare receiving parents will be living the high life after the law suit. I guess A Dwight Pettit or that other radical ambulance chasing lawyer who is always on TV will come to the rescue.

  65. Kanard killed omar says:

    If this bad ass kid had a gun in his hand on that roof i strongly believe he would have shoot the cop. If he cut off his gps and also tried to get away from the cops, in his mind he wasnt going back to jail. Mr officer please dont let this make u gunshy. One of these animal will hurt u. My tax dollars pay u to keep me safe and u clearly did bmore 1 favor of many needed. Stop means stop

  66. Bernard mc kernan says:

    He’s an arrogant gangsta wannabe that is broken beyond repair. He learned these traits from his Daddy / Mommy , video games & street thug pals. Now he has a lifetime of misery to think about his actions. A few seconds of pleasure / poor decision making = his plight.

  67. Shannon says:

    So the main question for everyone is were you there to actually see what happen? Have any of you talk to the people that were involved before you started judging him?

  68. D. Bos says:

    That Cop shouldn’t have Tasered that kid on the roof of a house! A different set of people and this wouldn’t have been the outcome! People of Color are HUMAN BEINGS, DAMMIT!!! STOP USING EXCESSIVE FORCE, PLEASE!

  69. Michael TheJin Blick says:

    I don’t know about all of these race comments, but I will say that I would have sided with the boy up until the point where he started to run away. While I am a young African American myself and have been stopped several times by Baltimore County and City police on routine checks, I have never been detained. There may very well be a few bad seeds among those officers, but for the most part I do believe that sometimes that swift type of justice is a necessary evil. I have seen plenty of these “kids” out here who live life as if they have nothing to lose. Gangs run rampant throughout Baltimore City because these kids are not being properly educated from the very beginning. These kids are not able to make smart, informed decisions because they are not being informed at young ages. It was a horrible decision to run away from the officers attempting to apprehend him, and while I am definitely saddened by this tragic event, I am more saddened that he and so many others grow up in a system that does not do it’s best to drill in proper morals and values and their importances earlier on in life. It certainly could have prevented the bad decisions that had this kid, and so many others in such a position in the FIRST place. So I will not shun the officers for detaining him because 16 or not, he was previously detained for possession of a deadly weapon. I don’t even know how handguns are so easily obtainable in this state. Perhaps that is more of an issue. I wouldn’t expect major change in a city like Baltimore to happen overnight as it pertains to getting these kids in a better system which will prepare them better for their futures. I would however expect that more could certainly be done to keep handguns and ammunition out of the reach of our youth. It seems pretty stupid that so many of these kids are able to obtain them so easily, and rather upsetting that the only solution we can come up with is to lock them up. Is there any possibility to take these convicted criminals and put them into a system where instead of simply being locked away forever to die, they can be placed in something of a “Big Brother” system where they can be properly mentored by someone who has been in their shoes and can teach them the importance of values and the meaning of life? I don’t mean suggest it to them or simply make these types of programs available, but I mean FORCE them to do it. Detain them and force them to do it. They can then become role models to other kids later in life who had been faced with the same difficulties. Everyone is so quick to point the finger of blame…how about actually helping?

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