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Police use taser on nurse inside ER — but there’s way more to this story
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Police use taser on nurse inside ER — but there’s way more to this story

Chattanooga, Tennessee, police officers tased an emergency room nurse at a local hospital — but it's the nurse who faces charges.

What happened?

Roger W. Davis, a nurse at Erlanger Hospital, reportedly refused to leave the hospital's emergency room on Thursday on police orders.

WTVC-TV reported from an affidavit that alleged Davis became loud and combative in the emergency room when his mother was brought there for treatment.

Officer Sarah Rogers — as well as medical staff and the hospital's vice president — asked Davis to leave several times after they were called to the hospital to address Davis' insistence on giving "issues while trying [to] care for [Davis'] mother in the ER"

The affidavit reported that when Rogers and another officer were called to the emergency room, they arrived to find Davis "speaking loudly in the middle of the ER" Rogers reportedly asked Davis to speak more softly, according to the outlet.

Who was the nurse talking to?

Davis reportedly said that he was speaking with his father — who apparently accompanied his mother to the emergency room — and would continue doing so. Rogers insisted that Davis lower his voice, or she would have to remove him from the ER.

According to the affidavit, it is that point when Davis reportedly told her "Then do it."

In response, Rogers told Davis, "OK, leave the building."

The affidavit reported that Davis simply stood there and stared, and Davis repeated herself.

According to a portion of the affidavit, written by Rogers:

At this point I placed my hand on his arm to escort him out the door. As I did this, Mr. Davis started swinging his arms in an attempt to keep me from making him leave. Immediately, Officer Woody and I attempted to take Mr. Davis into custody. Mr. Davis continued swinging his arms and fists at one point punching Officer Woody in the face busting his lip.

Officer Woody and myself continued to command Mr. Davis to put his hands behind his back and to quit fighting the police. Mr. Davis made no effort to stop his fighting or comply with any commands given by either one of us.

Video provided to WTVC reportedly shows Davis' father trying to coerce him into complying with officers' requests.

What did he say when she pulled out the stun gun?

When he did not, Rogers said that she pulled out her stun gun and warned Davis that she would discharge the weapon if he didn't put his hands behind his back.

Davis reportedly still refused to comply, and further reportedly responded, "Go ahead."

Without any further apparent choice, Rogers says she then used the stun gun on Davis, and fired it into his chest.

Davis dropped to the floor, where he eventually rolled over onto his stomach, a position that allowed officers to handcuff him and take him into custody.

Jennifer Tittsworth, a spokesperson for Erlanger Hospital, told WTVC, "Erlanger would like to thank our associates, security and the Chattanooga Police Department for containing the situation that occurred on the evening of April 26 and ensuring the safety of our patients, visitors and staff. Because of their diligence, patient care in the emergency department was in no way impacted as a result of this isolated incident."

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