VIDEO: Tempe Chief Defends Officers Who Tased Suspect Using Baby As Shield

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir defended her officers who deployed Tasers at a suspect who was holding a baby.

Tempe, AZ – The Tempe police chief defended her officers for deploying Tasers on a suspect who was holding a baby and said no department policies had been violated (video below).

The incident occurred on June 15 when Tempe police officers responded to a domestic incident at an apartment near Hardy Drive and Elliott Road, KNXV reported.

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that 911 had received “an urgent call for help from a woman in our community.”

“This was a call from a woman who said she needed immediate police assistance and help related to a domestic violence situation that endangered her and her multiple young children,” Chief Moir explained.

She said when officers arrived, they went into the home to do a welfare check and found Ivaughn Oakry alone with three small children.

Bodycam video from the incident showed the officers gave Oakry commands to put his hands on his head as the children screamed in the background

Video showed that Oakry failed to follow the officers’ instructions and became verbally combative.

Then he bent over and picked up a baby to use as a shield between himself and the police officers, the video showed.

Chief Moir said officers determined that the safest way to take the suspect into custody was to deploy their Tasers.

“They deployed the Tasers striking the suspect - and only the suspect - resulting in the suspect falling onto a large pile of soft clothing,” the chief told reporters. “And the officers were then given an opportunity to safely secure the child and take the suspect into custody.”

Afterwards, Tempe police provided victim’s assistance resources and assisted the victim and her children in moving out of the home, the chief said.

Chief Moir said that medics responded to the scene and checked out the suspect, the baby, and the victim of domestic violence. Nobody needed further medical treatment.

She said the baby’s mother declined at the scene to have the child taken to the hospital for further examination.

Chief Moir said she wanted to “address and correct some misinformation” that had been released by Black Lives Matter at a press conference earlier in the day.

“These innocent children and their mother were placed in harm’s way by the suspect, and any suggestion that anyone else but this suspect put people in harm’s way is irresponsible,” the chief said.

“Everyone should know that after this call - as is normal procedure in the Tempe Police Department - when any kind of force is deployed, we reviewed the response, the tactics, and determined that no policy violations occurred,” she continued.

Chief Moir said the suspect resorted to “desperate measures” to avoid being arrested “and to avoid being held accountable to their actions even as heinous as using a child as a barrier between and suspect and an officer.”

At the press conference earlier in the day, claims were made that the baby was injured via skin to skin contact with Oakry when the officers deployed Tasers.

However, the spokeswoman for the Tempe Police Department explained that was not how Tasers worked and that the child had been checked by medics and was fine after the incident.

Oakry was arrested and charged with one count of domestic violence endangerment of the child and one count of domestic violence assault of the mother, KNXV reported.

But the chief said that charges were later dropped “because the victim didn’t want to aid in prosecution” of the suspect.

You can see video of the incident below. WARNING - Language.

Comments (19)
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95B
95B

Good job!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

fn

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Charges dropped? Man, I wish they could pin the address as "no response necessary." Worthless, parasite lowcoms

Debkk9
Debkk9

Wow...many places now if you call the cops and then decline to press charges...the cops file them anyway.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

All he had to do was comply. I believe he 1st picked up the child to comfort him but should of put him down immediately when the Officers told him to. Great job

LEO0301
LEO0301

In most states they will prosecute domestic violence cases even if the victim doesn't want to press charges. Even if they decided they needed the victim to make the case, the child endangerment charges should have been pursued.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Goo d job

CJ_Caufield
CJ_Caufield

More than enough opportunity to make conditions safe for the child. Long time of defiance and failure to comply. Sad that charges we're not pressed for the safety of the baby, the mother, and the suspect.

Patriot63
Patriot63

Responding on a domestic violence call I didn't see anything done wrong by the Officers. They gave him plenty of warnings and the Officers kept the Children safe and the Woman who was the victim. There just out for a pay day at the taxpayers expense.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Good job by the officers involved. This guy could have been tazed way sooner. The officer demonstrated a whole lot of patience.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

At the 1:30 mark you really see the 'loving husband and father who wouldn't hurt a fly' start to come out. Bet that's exactly how he looks right before he starts beating the shit out of his wife and kids.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

He got a DUI this year. Arizona Supreme Court website says he currently has a vehicle registration hold, which probably means he was convicted and has not paid his fines.

I guess the Smart TV and cell phone plan take priority.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Good job officers!! What a stupid ass bitch!! Your pathetic hoodrat ass called the police for help, then they were able to help you move and get you and your multiple children into a new place. Then you decide not to press charges on this lowlife?? I hope they send you the bill for wasting their time and resources!! And next time, let him just kill your sorry pathetic ass!!! At least there would be one less low IQ breeder!!

MaxD
MaxD

I think the "outrage" is caused by the usual ignorance of people that weren't there and also don't know what they are talking about. The "outrage" seems to be that the anti-Police crowd thinks that just because they Tased the dirtbag and had "skin to skin contact", that means that the baby got Tased also. Of course this isn't the case as this isn't how Tasers work as explained by the Chief. Of course facts don't matter, so after it is pointed out that their initial assertion is completely ignorant, they just switch to general "outrage" about the Police.

AZ is one of the States that supposedly still prosecutes DV cases without the victims co-operation. However in practice this never worked out since it still was virtually impossible to get a conviction in the end. Typical of what Police face every day, damned if you do damned if you don't, do everything you can to protect victims and arrest the bad guys and have them released before you are done writing the report due to the system or lack of co-operation by "victims/witnesses".