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Gay Porn Actor Dustin Michaels Dies After Police Taser Drug Arrest

Andrew Grande, a 23-year-old Panama City Beach, Florida man (known in gay adult film circles as Dustin Michaels) died after choking on bags of marijuana he had ingested during a police arrest in which he was tasered.

WJHG reports: Michaels "Just after 2AM Friday deputies responded to a disturbance call at the Executive Inn on front beach road. They say Grande pushed a female friend. A camera crew from Zoo Productions filmed what happened when deputies arrived. When one of the deputies tried to arrest him they say he resisted and stuffed something in his mouth. That's when at least one of the deputies shot him with a taser. They say he pulled the taser probes out of his body, that's when deputies noticed he was choking. Deputies performed the Hiemlich maneuver but could not dislodge the item. By the time EMS arrived, he was unconscious. One of the paramedics pulled a large bag of marijuana from his throat. He was pronounced dead at Bay Medical Center."

There's disturbing police video of the incident. Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on Michaels' work in the adult film business here - site NSFW.

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  1. Big dick, not too bright.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Dec 14, 2009 12:22:50 PM


  2. let's see how long it takes to spin this into "homophobic officers kill gay porn star"

    looks like the officers did all they could, took his choking seriously, and got him help ASAP. let this be a lesson about swallowing bags of drugs. not safe.

    Posted by: DR | Dec 14, 2009 12:33:07 PM


  3. Oh my god that video was disturbing.

    I literally just watched a man violently die from start to finish.

    Yes, it was his fault, but damn, brutal to watch.

    Can't believe they showed that on primetime news.

    Wow.

    Posted by: Derek in Madison | Dec 14, 2009 12:34:50 PM


  4. wow. what a way to leave this earth.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Dec 14, 2009 12:40:18 PM


  5. Sad.

    Sargon Bighorn - disgusting & inhumane

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 14, 2009 12:41:11 PM


  6. a needless loss of a life all because of a bag of pot.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Dec 14, 2009 12:42:16 PM


  7. Tasers should be illegal. They're a form of torture, plain and simple. At least with a gun, an officer is less likely to whip it out, willy-nilly.

    Posted by: James | Dec 14, 2009 12:48:02 PM


  8. Serioulsy, what was that, a misdemeanor? Not worth choking to death over.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 14, 2009 12:48:31 PM


  9. @ Keith

    Yes, a misdemeanor. And while I don't live in Florida, absent a record, he probably would have walked with probation or fines.

    I didn't say it before, but what a waste of a life. I'm stunned at this.

    Posted by: DR | Dec 14, 2009 12:51:05 PM


  10. I dunno - I've been wondering lately about the excessive use of the TASER by law enforcement officials. Rather than use it as a means of last resort they seem to be relying on it to solve all resistance problems.

    But then again - law enforcement is a tough field and enforcement professionals usually correctly assess the situation and react accordingly in most of the cases. This is just an unfortunate situation all around.

    Poor thing, what a way to go at 23......

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Dec 14, 2009 12:53:13 PM


  11. Thanks, War on Drugs.

    Posted by: HomoDM | Dec 14, 2009 1:14:56 PM


  12. I am a litle surprised at the "war on drugs, anti taser" talk. This guy was fucking up and the police used a method way better than a gun to solve a problem. How could they know dumbass had swallowed a baggie? Would you rather they had shot him or just let him go after he was manhandling a female?

    I feel bad for the guy, but, it was his fault. I'm sure the cops feel horrible and have said in their heads many times, "why?"

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 14, 2009 1:19:37 PM


  13. I am not sure of the value of watching someone choke to death. I have no desire to see it. I think it is disgusting for the station to put the footage out there really. I hope his family does not see it. How horrible... I can not imagine why he would choose to do that. He was most likely not thinking clearly. I am sorry anyone has to go like that.

    Posted by: Rann | Dec 14, 2009 1:25:29 PM


  14. As painful and uncomfortable as the taser is, the whole reason there hasn't been a class-action lawsuit against the manufacturers of them is that the evidence is irrefutable: the fatality is far lower with tasers than it was with restraints (or guns, of course) before they showed up. Death from simple restraint during "agitated delerium" was a well-known, common problem back in the day.

    This is the type of lawsuit that attorneys would rip each other apart to get their hands on if the stats weren't so ironclad, but they are. It doesn't mean tasers aren't at times used inappropriately or with malice, and I respect that position and criticism. Those individual cases of brutality should be prosecuted. But the death rate is lower with them than without them. That's a small consolation to this poor man's family, but it's still an important fact to consider.

    Posted by: Yeek | Dec 14, 2009 1:56:33 PM


  15. @ Derek: Were it not for the War on Drugs, "dumbass" would not have felt so scared of being caught with some pot that he would have tried to swallow it.

    Posted by: HomoDM | Dec 14, 2009 1:58:11 PM


  16. "the evidence is irrefutable: the fatality is far lower with tasers than it was with restraints (or guns, of course) before they showed up. Death from simple restraint during "agitated delerium" was a well-known, common problem back in the day."

    Any source for this "evidence" other than the TASER company itself? Or that "agitated delirium" is actually recognized by anyone as a legitimate mental condition?

    Posted by: Glenn | Dec 14, 2009 2:14:16 PM


  17. It's a fucked up society in which a man dies ultimately because pot is illegal -- and then people defend the death as somehow unavoidable because the cops were "just doing their job." Shame on everyone who does so.

    Posted by: Jeff In Boston | Dec 14, 2009 2:18:49 PM


  18. Yes, this is definitely another nail in the coffin of the war on drugs, I hope at least. This is also a case of the Darwin Award, when a not so bright guy in a stressful situation makes a fatal choice. All around bad karma here, as in an unfortunate chain of events not some sort of retribution; I'm sure the officers feel horrible about the whole thing too.

    Posted by: clint | Dec 14, 2009 2:41:12 PM


  19. Wow... it takes 3 cops to NOT be able to cuff a suspect that is ALREADY on the ground semi-restrained? Not a good showing by the 'force' and I agree about the statements against the 'War on Drugs'... unnecessary bullshit that led to a needless death. What a shame... and really sad to see a guy die like that...

    Posted by: CKNJ | Dec 14, 2009 2:46:11 PM


  20. Bravo Jeff in Boston. Stupid laws drive people to stupid actions. This young man died because of fear of ridiculous anti-drug laws and the "war" on drugs which tends to be a war on the poor and disenfranchised disproportionately. I'm not excusing his alleged assault-- certainly the police were correct in responding to that. It was his fear of the consequences due to his pot possession that ultimately caused his death. What a sad loss.

    Posted by: Mark in Austin TX | Dec 14, 2009 2:46:27 PM


  21. What a waste of a big dick.

    Posted by: witheld | Dec 14, 2009 3:11:44 PM


  22. Well, there you go...Pot Kills! ;-)

    Posted by: B-rod | Dec 14, 2009 3:15:01 PM


  23. Wicked sad. Tasers are so freaking dangerous. They should be banned, as far as I'm concerned -- and not simply used for mere 'resistance.' Three cops should absolutely be able to subdue a person in that situation without electrocuting them.

    I also agree with what others have said above: it was pot, for god's sake. It shouldn't even be illegal. This is taking the "War on Drugs" to absurd extremes. It should be regulated, taxed and sold like cigarettes. And that's coming from someone who's never smoked pot in his life.

    Posted by: Ryan | Dec 14, 2009 3:19:58 PM


  24. @Derek Washington: "the police used a method way better than a gun to solve a problem"

    Really? You obviously lack perspective. Let me educate you for a second:

    1) Tasers are supposed to be gun alternatives. That means, in situations where the use of a gun would otherwise be justified (e.g., an officer's safety is in danger) a Taser is used as a life-saving alternative. Tasers ARE NOT meant to be pacification devices!!! They were never introduced as such yet they're continually used in that manner.

    2) Escalation in force: a) Strength (this includes baton use). b) Strength in Numbers. c) Pepper Spray. d) Taser. e) Gun.

    What steps were missed in this encounter?

    3) Tear gas, rubber bullets, "mosquito" sirens, and microwave emitters are pacification and dispersal devices. Tasers are not.

    4) A few months back, national news was made when an otherwise healthy person suffered cardiac arrest at the end of a taser. It turns out the good folks who make Tasers released a usage bulletin telling officers they should AVOID using a taser in the torso area and, if it's unavoidable, to aim for the lower torso. Watch the video. The guy was pulling the barbs out of his chest. Someone didn't get the memo.

    Tasers are a real problem. They're a problem because they're being abused by cops on a daily basis. Cops who forget that they were taught hand-to-hand combat in academy; cops who don't want to deal with the inconvenience of blowback from pepperspray; cops who view a 5000-Volt jolt as acceptable pain to inflict on someone who doesn't heed their instructions; cops who may be advised that tasers are acceptable alternatives to leaving lasting bruises on a suspect.

    And this is all unacceptable. Their use has to stop.

    Posted by: TommyOC | Dec 14, 2009 3:27:55 PM


  25. Many law enforcement officials do tend to abuse the use of tasers, and proper training and procedure needs to be created and implemented around that. However, banning tasers? YOu do realize that if a police officer pulls a gun on you, you are going to die, right? They can't take the chance of wounding or warning you--you will go down forever. Tasers don't leave the same marks that batons do, either. And you simply can't prove that tasering him is what resulted in the choking, and not swallowing the entire bag...

    As far as this is concerned, quite sad. But as far as I can tell, the police officers aren't to blame. He chose to swallow the bag while under the influence, and the police didn't immediately know his resistance was due to an obstructed airway (interestingly enough, an argument against intelligent design--putting an airway in the same place you swallow things that could block it is not a good design). And they figured it out and tried their best to save him. And unfortunately, it didn't work out. He had his whole life ahead of him.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 14, 2009 3:32:56 PM


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