A 17-year-old Philly fan ran onto the field and was tasered by police, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. A crowd of 44, 817 (or is that 816…?) watched as the fan ran out onto the field in the 8th inning and was tasered. This is apparently the first time such a thing has happened in Philly, though it has apparently also happened in Oakland.
“This is the first time that a Taser gun has been used by Philadelphia police to apprehend a field jumper,” Phillies spokeswoman Bonnie Clark said in a statement. “The Police Department is investigating this matter and The Phillies are discussing with them whether in future situations this is an appropriate use of force under these circumstances. That decision will be made public.”
The kid apparently wasn’t drinking or on drugs, but ran out on the field after calling home to ask his father’s permission. (The father said no and called other people who were at the game to try to get them to stop the kid. It didn’t work.)
Steve even called from the park last night, asking for permission to run on the field, as the Phillies hosted the St. Louis Cardinals, the elder Consalvi said.
“He said, ‘Dad, can I run on the field? I said, ‘I don’t think you should, son.’ “
“This would be a once in a lifetime experience!” the son said.
The father says the he doesn’t condone the stunt, but feels that his son shouldn’t have been tasered.
“I don’t recommend running on the field, but I don’t think they should have Tased him at all,” he said.
“You can’t condone this kind of behavior,” he added, but he explained he wasn’t angry, because it was “teenagers having fun.”
Tasered teen asked dad for OK to run on field [Philly] (Thanks, David!)