A Stamford man was Tasered twice and arrested Monday after refusing to provide identification to a Norwalk police officer, saying he had freedom of speech, police said. Hyde Rixon, 26, was charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer. Bond was set at $5,000.
Rixon, an employee of the Home Depot, was in the manager's office of the Connecticut Avenue store, although he was not working. He refused to leave, and the manager called police.
Rixon initially told police he was there because he wanted to be an architect. Police said they wanted his ID as a formality to end the incident; he refused, saying the information was "in the system, like everything else is, it's in the galaxy." Rixon allegedly cited his freedom of speech rights twice before backing up to a display and staring at the officer with his fists clenched and his body rigid. The officer told him he would be given a minor charge of criminal trespass and released if he cooperated, but Rixon allegedly refused to sign the summons.
Rixon violently resisted arrest. He was Tasered and fell to the ground, hitting his forehead. He became combative again and was Tasered a second time.
Rixon was taken to Norwalk Hospital for treatment of his forehead injury and the effects of being Tasered.
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