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Wednesday, March 30, 2005
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Lethal Force Used Against Activist at Hospice

The St. Petersburg Times reports:

Dow Pursley, 56, of Scranton, Pa., dashed through police lines on a beeline for the hospice's front day. Unlike symbolic civil disobedience in recent days, Pursely seemed determined to actually enter the hospice.

Pinellas Park police officers tackled him near the front door, then shot him with a Taser gun when he refused to obey orders.

He was charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest without violence, and was held Tuesday night in Pinellas County Jail on $20,500 bail.