Missouri Man's Drunken Tantrum Gets Him Tased — and Then Gets Him Paid


Yancy Carden, right, urged an Illinois cop to "come on and tase me, bitch!" - VIA BND
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  • Yancy Carden, right, urged an Illinois cop to "come on and tase me, bitch!"

Yancy Carden was under arrest and bleeding from a deep gash on his face, but he had a plan. 

"Watch this, we're finna get paid," he slurred to his wife, Kelli, who was also shackled in the holding area of the Washington Park Police Department on April 11. The couple had gone out to a nearby strip club that night, but the good times ended with a dispute over a $200 tab. A bartender called the cops and, according to Carden's subsequent lawsuit, an officer tased Carden multiple times on the way to the local lockup.

In a video obtained by the Belleville News-Democrat, Carden can be seen kicking his heels into a wall while handcuffed to a chain. The video, which appears to show Carden being tased while handcuffed, reportedly led to a settlement last week between the 35-year-old Missouri man and the Illinois village of Washington Park. 

As you can see in the video, Carden's kicking quickly drew the ire of Washington Park officer James Boyd. 

"You do that again and I'm going to have to taser you," Boyd said. "Do it again, I dare you. Do it again." 

Undaunted, Carden brought his foot down several more times on the bench. Boyd came back. 

Ignoring the pleas of his increasingly distraught wife, Carden continued to jeer at the officer. 

"You have no idea, you're finna get sued, bitch," Carden added. "'I'm finna sue the fuck out of ya'll, you have no idea." 

The video is pretty epic. The actual tasing occurs at around the 3:10 mark, when Carden, still slurring, tells Boyd that he's "just like the police in Ferguson, Missouri." 

Boyd replied, "And you're like the guys in Ferguson, Missouri."  

"Huh?" said Carden. "Huh, bitch?" 

Carden then tries standing up, and that's when Boyd appears to apply the Taser. 

Carden's civil rights lawsuit initially sought $100,000 for injuries and damages related to the tasing, as well as legal fees. The monetary terms of the settlement have not been disclosed. 

In a deposition, a former Washington Park police sergeant named Kevin McAfee testified that after watching the video, he wrote a supplemental report and requested the incident be reviewed for possible disciplinary action. 

"[W]hen I seen that the gentleman had been handcuffed, both hands handcuffed, and then he shows me where there was a verbal conflict or whatever — the guy made several outbursts, and then he walks in and scolds him and hits him with a Taser," McAfee testified. "And that was just a no-no. This guy wasn’t a threat to the officer, himself, or no one in the room.”

As for officer Boyd, the Belleville News-Democrat reports that he was never disciplined and that he has since left the Washington Park police department. 

Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_ Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com

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