Description: Police subdued a man with a Taser in downtown Windsor Thursday night after he resisted arrest in a dramatic confrontation that was caught on video by a Windsor Star reporter.
The man, who appeared to be about six foot two and 250 pounds, was acting intoxicated in the Dugout bar at Ouellette and University avenues seconds before he walked out to see several officers approach him, shortly after 9 p.m.
The video shows police telling the man to get on his knees and that he was under arrest for intoxication outside the bar a half flight down from street level. Though he started to kneel down he then stood and would not comply. Police again told him he was under arrest, that they did not want to hurt him, and to throw away his cigarette. Instead, he smoked it.
When a number of police tried to arrest him, he pulled away and had almost slipped out of his jacket when an officer used a Taser on him. He screamed and dropped to the ground, where he was handcuffed.
“He has a history of violence and he’s a rather large individual and he became aggressive and officers had trouble controlling him so the sergeant deployed a Taser, and it was a successful arrest,” said Sgt. Alan Adams, who did not identify the suspect. “He was transported to
headquarters without incident. He’s fine now and he’s in custody.”
Brad Tayles, who was working as a bartender at the Dugout, said the man was acting strangely when he walked in.
“It was an odd event,” Tayles said. “A guy came in. Apparently he walked right into the door. I knew something was a little different about him. Then I see him working on our waitress’s computer. The funny thing is, he found out how to order himself a Blue, and you have to know what you’re doing.
“But I told him forget it. Time to leave.”
As he left, he appeared to get ready to fight with a patron who was keeping an eye on him. But police arrived as he exited the bar.