Video Released of David Hulstedt Shot in Back, then Dragged by Scottsdale Police
Posted on August 18, 2012.
Scottsdale, Arizona police used excessive force in 2008 when they shot a man in the back without a warning, rendering him a paraplegic, a judge has ruled.
David Hulstedt, who was 35 at the time of the shooting, filed a $40 million lawsuit against the city in 2009.
An August 6 ruling in the suit by U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow describes how police showed up to Hulstedt’s north Scottsdale home because they were concerned about the safety of the man’s 2-year-old daughter, but then caused the girl to be injured in a fall when they shot Hulstedt for no good reason.
One officer may have lied in his statements about the incident to make the shooting seem justified, the judge’s ruling states.
The incident unfolded on November 7, 2008, after Hulstedt had a mental breakdown during a fight with his parents.
Under treatment for anxiety and paranoid schizophrenia, he had seen his doctor that morning. At 12:20 p.m., he called police saying there was an “emergency” and he needed then-Governor Janet Napolitano to come to the home. A dispatcher, worried about the baby she heard crying in the background, sent out a top alert to police, who ultimately surrounded the home near Dixileta and 68th Street.
Hulstedt talked to a negotiation team several times, and at about 2 p.m., he told cops he was coming out. When he did, he held his baby girl over his head while officers yelled at him to put her down.
One officer later told investigators he could have shot Hulstedt with a Taser, but he was worried the shock would cause the man to drop the girl, injuring her. Apparently being shot in the back is less debilitating than being shot with a Taser.
Sergeant James Dorer, standing 24 feet away, and Sergeant Richard Slavin, 96 feet away, decided to open fire. Of the four shots they fired, three hit Hulstedt from behind. His daughter suffered a skull fracture when she fell six feet to the pavement.
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