Ex-Michigan trooper gets prison for teen’s Taser crash death

Mark Bessner - Photo from WJBK - Fox 2 Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A former Michigan state trooper has been sentenced to at least five years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for firing a Taser at a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died.

Mark Bessner told a judge Monday that he understands the anger of Damon Grimes’ family. He says he wishes he could enter a “time machine” and change the events of August 2017.

Bessner faces up to 15 years but is eligible for parole after five.

Bessner says he shot Grimes with a Taser from a moving patrol car because he wrongly believed the black 15-year-old had a gun. Bessner, who is white, quit the state police after the incident.

Judge Margaret Van Houten says cases like the teen’s death cause the public to distrust police officers.

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  • Unslaved

    The fact that police will do anything a politician tells them to do is why people don’t trust them. People that completely ignore morality and do anything they’re told for money (police) are not people you want to meet under any circumstances.

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