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Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His Head on Fire

by TChris

You'd think that when the police set a guy's head on fire, that would be punishment enough.

A man whose head caught fire when police simultaneously zapped him with pepper spray and a Taser gun during his arrest last summer faces prison time after being sentenced on a drug charge in the same incident.

The electricity from the Taser ignited the pepper spray, setting Lloyd King's head on fire.

In a plea deal earlier this month, King pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana, and charges of cocaine possession, resisting arrest and battery to an officer were dismissed.

Judge Anthony Milisauskas didn't care that the police violated departmental rules when they set King ablaze in an effort to induce him to spit out the marijuana he was trying to swallow. The judge said the fire "has nothing to do with the resisting charges or the obstruction or whatever happened that day in Kenosha." The fire would seem to have something to do the reasonableness of imposing further punishment, but Judge Milisauskas was unmoved.

The judge revoked his supervised release and sentenced him to 14 months and 12 days in prison, with credit for 205 days already served. He also must serve another five years of probation ordered in 2002.

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  • Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 03:00:07 PM EST
    Getting zapped with a de facto flamethrower should be immediate grounds for dismissal.

    Clearly Lloyd King should follow the lead of Harry Whittington and apologize to the police for any embarrassment he caused them by igniting.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#3)
    by Patrick on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 03:45:37 PM EST
    Actually, he should have a pretty good civil suit. There's pretty clear training out there that you do not use alcohol based pepper spray in conjunction with a taser. Shouldn't have happened.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#4)
    by Patrick on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 03:46:54 PM EST
    violated departmental rules when they set King ablaze in an effort to induce him to spit out the marijuana he was trying to swallow.
    No I'm pretty sure department policy allows that....What a stupid statement..Par for the author unfortunately.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#6)
    by roy on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 04:13:31 PM EST
    Seems like a bad idea, independent of flammability. Wouldn't pepper spray make him reflexively shut his various face holes? And a Taser would make him clench down even more. Weird.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#7)
    by roxtar on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 04:20:39 PM EST
    Is it just me, or does there seem to be an "unreasonable search and seizure" issue here?

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#8)
    by Patrick on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 05:22:01 PM EST
    Wouldn't pepper spray make him reflexively shut his various face holes? And a Taser would make him clench down even more. Weird.
    In my experience, it doesn't work like that.
    "unreasonable search and seizure" issue here?
    On what grounds. You think they did it on purpose?

    This guy may as well be in iran or saddams iraq, after all that is bush's justice just like saddams justice. when was his lawyer? and is the guy black?

    I don't care what you think about me; that sh*t is pretty funny.

    You think they did it on purpose?
    You think they tasered him and pepper sprayed him by accident?

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#11)
    by Patrick on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 06:31:11 PM EST
    No, not by accident, but they did not intend the consequences. I guess I could have been more clear.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#12)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 07:11:43 PM EST
    Well, he was such a hot head..

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#13)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 08:45:25 PM EST
    Just for trying to swallow some pot. Tax money well spent. (sarcasm intended)

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#14)
    by kdog on Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 06:38:44 AM EST
    All things being equal, in a just world, what's the crime? A) Swallowing an herb on the side of the road. B) Setting man's face on fire on the side of the road. Think about it. I say B.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#15)
    by Jlvngstn on Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 09:25:32 AM EST
    Pepper spray normally causes one to open their mouth after they have tried to hold their breath for an extended period. Seems like the taser and pepper is a bad combo.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#16)
    by jimcee on Sun Feb 26, 2006 at 07:18:19 PM EST
    Regardless of the outcome (and I'm sorry but it is kind of humorous) I'm sure that there will be a new line added to the police handbook. "Don't spray lighter fluid on a suspect and then use an electric ignitor if you don't want him to burst into flames. Instead beat him sensless and then subdue the subject in order to search his mouth". With apologies to Patrick.

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#17)
    by jen on Mon Feb 27, 2006 at 07:00:09 AM EST
    JimakaPPJ, ok, I just threw a waterbaloon at you

    Re: Man Sentenced to Prison After Police Set His H (none / 0) (#18)
    by libdevil on Mon Feb 27, 2006 at 11:15:06 AM EST
    I really wouldn't do that, Jen. It can get you charged with assault with a deadly weapon. (To be fair, one of those ballooned was slightly injured in this case, but it's hard to take seriously that a water balloon qualifies as a deadly weapon.)