A bull escaped from its owner in South Jordan yesterday and, among other things, ran over an 80-year-old man. People attempted to subdue the raucous animal but were unsuccessful so police tased it. It was also shot it with a tranquilizer so that the owner could get it into a trailer. The injured man was taken to an area hospital to be checked out but his injuries were minor.
The bull did not fare so well – it died after being subdued. The question now is why did it die? Was it because of the tasering (it is unclear how many Tasers were used), the tranquilizer, a combination of the two, or something else entirely? If it was the Tasers or the Tasers were a significant contributing factor, we had all better be careful around Taser wielding police – if Tasers can kill a bull, that certainly bolsters the mounting evidence that their use on humans is dangerous and often deadly.
Bret Hanna of Wrona DuBois in Utah, focuses exclusively on litigating plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, in mediations, and in administrative proceedings in Michigan and Utah since 1991.