Louisiana Officer Suspects Man Has Drugs in Mouth and Breaks Man’s Neck During Arrest

Officials in Livingston Parish, Louisiana are reviewing a video from a traffic stop by Deputy Chris Sturdivant that resulted in the broken neck of Adam Stogner, 42. Sturdivant believed that Stogner might be hiding drugs in his mouth when he wrestled him to the ground.

Stogner died from “severe coronary artery disease, an enlarged heart, and a fracture of the hyoid bone in his neck.”

The video begins with Sturdivant suspicious about what Stogner had in his hand:

Sturdivant: “What you got in your hand? “Give me your hand,”

Stogner: “I don’t have nothing in my hand, I swear to you.”

Sturdivant later believes that he saw the man put what was in his hand into his mouth.

The Department believes that the deputy acted appropriately despite the rapid escalation of force:

“He was appropriate in his actions. He followed departmental protocol in trying to arrest a subject who tried to resist,” Ard said. Only after two more deputies arrive on scene is Stogner completely cuffed. Keep in mind, the baggy is still in his mouth. It’s then that one of the deputies notices Stogner is having trouble breathing and calls for medical help. “Is he breathing?” one of the deputies asked. “I don’t know,” another answered.

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53 thoughts on “Louisiana Officer Suspects Man Has Drugs in Mouth and Breaks Man’s Neck During Arrest”

  1. Its obvious that he had WMD in that baggie. They should have called in the drones.

  2. Buddha,

    I am so very sorry. Please keep us up to date, as you can. I cannot remotely fathom losing my little girl. It would be my end.

    All my love and best wishes for you and yours!

    B’Man

  3. Dear Buddha,
    Reading your post brought tears to my eyes and an emptiness to my gut. You have become a friend to me, even if only in cyberspace and I can’t possibly encompass the loss you must feel. A very close friend of mine lost a child some years ago and when I came to the funeral all I could do was hug him tightly, since any words from me would be meaningless compared to his loss. Please consider this to be a deep hug from a close friend and a wish that you can again find meaning again in your life.

  4. Buddha ~ My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m sorry for your loss. I’m new around here, but very much appreciate your take on things and your thoughtful insight. I too hope to see your comments here again from time to time. ~ George

  5. Buddha,

    I am so sorry. There are no words for such a loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please check back in here if you think it would help ease your sadness. Thank you for being a part of this blog. I also, will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

  6. Buddha,
    I’m so sorry to hear this. My sincerest condolences to you & your family. I’ve not been here long, but have come to appreciate your comments & wit. Take care.

  7. I am sorry for your loss Buddha. You are an advocate for moderation and respect on this blog. My prayers are with you.

  8. Dearest Buddha,

    I am so sorry to hear about your family’s heartbreaking loss.
    I wish I had the words to comfort you; just know my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. This blog will not seem the same to me while you are away I hope you feel the love. XOXO…

  9. Buddha,

    My deepest wishes for the happiness to return. I know nothing more that what I have been through and it ain’t always easy. But remember:

    We fall Down and We get up
    We walk proud and We talk tough
    We got heart and We got nerve
    Even If we are a bit disturbed

    lyrics from: Rodney Atkins
    Song:These Are My People
    Album: If You’re Going Through Hell

    Link: http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/atkins-rodney/these-are-my-people-17222.html

  10. Dear Prof. and assorted regular friends,

    Recently my family was visited by tragedy. Not in the hyperbolic sense, but in the very real sense of the unexpected death of a child. This little hobby requires a fair amount of passion. Right now, I just don’t have any so I’m not going to fake it. To the friends I’ve made here (no need to roll call, you know who you are), I just wanted to say thanks for the ride and keep fighting the good fight. There is no doubt that you will as I’ve found many of you to be people of intelligence, wit and good character. As long as the Prof. leaves the porch light on, I may wander back this way. For now, I must bid you adieu.

    1. BIL:

      I am crushed to hear about your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. While I understand that you will need time on your own, we would all be deeply saddened if you were to leave our little family. We will all look forward to your return and keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

      Jonathan

  11. Somebody needs to do a remake of the Gloria Gaynor song “I will survive”. They could use it as the new theme song for COPS.

    The song should be aptly entitled “You will comply”.

  12. Hold these guys accountable. Though this kind of thing isn’t new, in the wake of 9-11, many in law enforcement seem to think that they can get away with anything.

  13. And you think all of the idiot officers live in Texas, ya na na na nana.

    I am unsure of exactly how much force must be used to break a neck but come on. if was in a baggy, was there really a need? Maybe it was some bad shit anyway. But they could have waited for it to pass.

  14. A broken neck for hiding some drugs…. yeah, that looks like an appropriate action to me too…

    Here’s to Karma for cops.

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