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Sunday, August 14, 2022

GPD: 6 officers used force, Taser to detain one UF student



After six officers used force and a Taser, a UF student was detained Saturday afternoon after the UF football game.

Zachary Karl Strayer, 21, walked past a line of people at Salty Dog Saloon, located at 1712 W University Ave., and pushed a bouncer to the ground at about 3:30 p.m., according to a Gainesville Police arrest report. He was taken out of the bar by multiple other bouncers and argued with uniformed GPD police officers outside.

Police said Strayer seemed intoxicated and had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes. Officers told Strayer to stop arguing with them and leave the area but he refused, according to the report.

As officers tried to walk away, Strayer followed them, and police said he took an aggressive stance as if he was going to push an officer.

An officer told Strayer he was under arrest and tried to pull his arms into handcuffs, but Strayer pulled his arms away and grabbed an officer by the patches on his uniform, according to the report.

About six officers tried to gain control of Strayer in handcuffs. At one point, police used a Taser on Strayer, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 225 pounds, which they said had “little to no effect” on him.

Some of the officers received cuts and wounds from trying to arrest Strayer, and one officer was taken to the hospital to have his injuries evaluated, according to the report. The condition of the officer is unknown.

Strayer was taken to the hospital due to his level of intoxication, Sargent Renee Guyen said. He was arrested after he was released from the hospital Monday. He was taken to the Alachua County Jail on Monday and released the next day on his own recognizance.

Strayer is a UF student, according to the UF directory.

Strayer declined to comment.


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