Rudy Eugene's Stepfather: Police Should Have Tased, Not Killed Him

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Since 31-year-old Rudy Eugene was shot and killed by a Miami Police officer while devouring a homeless man's face, his family has stayed mum. But this evening, Eugene's former stepfather, who raised Eugene through much of his childhood, spoke for the first time to Riptide-- and said that the police should have stunned the cannibal rather than shooting him dead.

"If I was a cop, that's not how I would treat a man," said Melimon Charles. "I would tranquilize him and find out what was wrong."

Charles, a bespectacled, even-tempered man, spoke to Riptide through the barely-cracked door of his apartment in North Miami. He only agreed to talk at all, he said, because he wanted to make public his family's feelings on Eugene's killing. "That's why the department has all those tools," said Charles, referring to Tasers. "You have to use the right tool."

He won't find much agreement among the populace on that point. Eugene's victim, Ronald Poppo, lost more than seventy-five percent of his face in the attack -- and may be already dead if it had gone on any longer. It is true that local cops are woefully untrained when it comes to dealing with broad daylight face-eating episodes.

Charles married Rudy Eugene's mother Ruth Funeus in 1985, when the kid was four years old. They were divorced twenty years later. The stepdad said he kept in touch with Eugene, and last saw him two months ago. As always, the stepdad tried to convince him to go back to school to earn his college degree, and Eugene said he'd consider it. "He was a fine man," declared Charles. "He was working very hard to make his life better."

Since being shot amidst one of the most gruesome and bizarre attacks in American history, Eugene has earned the nicknames "Miami Zombie" and "Causeway Cannibal". The monikers hurt, said Charles: "That's not fair. He's a human."

He insisted that his stepson was not violent, and downplayed a 2004 incident in which Eugene was arrested for threatening to kill his mother: "He was not acting crazy."

Eugene's mother Ruth, Charles said, has been besieged by reporters at home since the death of her son. "She doesn't want to talk to anybody," said Charles. "She loved him very much. It's very hard."

Charles, a professional welder, said that his stepson, a former North Miami Beach Charger, never quite let go of an unrealistic dream: "All his life, he wanted to be a football player."

Said Charles before closing the door: "He always promised me he was going to make it, he was going to be a good boy, and he was going to have a good life."


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bud_smoker
bud_smoker

U crazy fool Obama ain't doing shit for the black man! U think he cares about ur black ass? Hell no he's just glad to have got out the ghetto!

Nunya004
Nunya004

Drinking puffer fish poison will put you into a deep sleep (like a coma) then it will slow your heart rate down to the point that your identified as dead, then the person who everybody thinks is dead would be buried alive . After the affects of the puffer fish juice have worn out the person would usually try to escape or actually escape succesfully . I heard about this, its some type of voodoo thing but people took the facts from it and twisted it around and then so called "zombies" were born on the big screen .

Xianjiao2012
Xianjiao2012

I do not expect any police officer to tase a man who is eating another human being.  You shoot first, ask questions later!

Seriously
Seriously

Are you all serious with the racist crap? I am white, support gun rights, the "stand your ground" law, and think Trayvon Martin was a victim. Zimmerman had no business following him and initiating a confrontation after dispatch told him not to. Rudy Eugene however is a different story. He was violently attacking another man, doing severe harm. I wasn't there and don't know how the fight started, but there is a fight and there are extremes. The responding officer was probably terrified at what he was seeing. What would you do of you told someone to stop and they looked up at you and growled and continued chewing? RE apparently continued AFTER he was shot the first time. It had nothing to do with skin color, nationality, or anything else. He refused an order to stop from a police officer and continued assaulting the homeless man. I'll bet if the roles were reversed it would be "good for that crazy cracker, he deserved it". Stupid shit like that from both "sides" is precisely why this world l, country, etc will never be freed of racism.

ctbtmt
ctbtmt

This was extremely horrific and the officer had no choice but to take the attacker out of the equation or the victim most certainly would have died!  Of course family members are going to say what a "good boy" he was, but if you notice, all family who were interviewed state that he was trying to get his life together.  Obviously, that is a sign that he had not gotten his life together, and that there was a real problem there, but none of them want to be forthcoming with that information.  What do they have to gain by defending him?  Just remain silent!

Angel McElroy
Angel McElroy

he got what he asked for .... your step son good sir is a disgusting individual that obviously has problems that you had no idea of .... if he was such a good man ... he wouldn't have been eaten the FACE off another man ... his title he earned as the "Miami Zombie" and "Causeway Cannibal" he deserves 1000% because that is exactly what he is .. truth hurts sometimes you just need to accept that your step child was a freak of nature and he is in a much better place now.

Monealprudhomme
Monealprudhomme

This is the truth! JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON AND RUDY! Racist Caspers set this all up! You dirty, pink slugs! The black man ruled the world and had all the ghosts as his servants. The black man created medicine, the black man created math and all the sciences. White skin is a mutation. You will be extinct. All my black and Muslim brethren...we must work together to get Obama back in 2012. Obama and Holder is gonna make it all equal and make the wrongs right. I don't even want to hear from any of you crackers saying, "Obama is half white!" Read Obama's books...he is straight ashamed of his white roots and doesn't even think of himself as half white. He is our savior and OUR protector....Caspers have NO sway with this man. You ghosts just wait and see...We going to be dancing in the streets and picking which house we want and which car we want. Obama is going to give the black man his due!  JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON AND RUDY!!!!

Kimgwill2011
Kimgwill2011

There is absolutely nothing in this story that indicates that was an intent to harm ...A fight started and this is how it ended

Kimgwill2011
Kimgwill2011

Im not a family member and I have not been able to figure out why he was shot since i first heard about it. Drugs can have that effect on the body. Acid and bath salts can cause hallucinations, increased body temperature , anxiety etc. Once the fight started if he had ingested either of these chemicals it is possible that the chemicals could have altered his perception enough for this to happen. I have no answers for why he even attacked this man, but once a fight starts , self defense could happen. With self defense happening  , It is possible that Rudy once the fight started that the tactics used   was nothing more than that a fight. I have heard of people biting people. This is the most severe case I have heard about.

Americano
Americano

Haiti!! You are scum of the earth cannibals your all going to hell!! And are ugly look like monkeys and smell terrible..roaches

Windell215
Windell215

You are a little bitch stop hiding behind your pc

TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER
TRAYVONBITCHMOTHER

He should have been tased then tourtured again and again then burned beaten stabbed hanged and then shot !!!!!!!!!!!    hey now that i think about it Trayvon deserved the same fate!!!   FREE ZIMMERMAN !!!!!!

Luvincolumbus
Luvincolumbus

This not about trayvon and since you wanna go there im glad he ate that cracker alive lol he shouldve have ate your worthless ass you know what you mama aint shit for having you somebody need to eat that Bitch too pretty sure nobody will miss yall god don't even love you i hope the zombie dig up ya dead relatives and shit his remains on them cause they not even worth a meal

Luvincolumbus
Luvincolumbus

God bless you cracker. You ya mama or even ya dead relatives won't have good and when you die you gone burn.with them lazy ass scary dog smelling cracker

Roland
Roland

 "That's why the department has all those tools," said Charles, referring to Tasers. "You have to use the right tool."

The right tool was used.

Stopthis
Stopthis

Let's stop all the rubbish on here, he was a mentally ill psycho, the police did him a favour. 

GoUnnoticed
GoUnnoticed

EVERYONE! It would seem the Zombie Apocalypse is nearing...

Travoynstole myskittles
Travoynstole myskittles

Haitian Voodoo doll, weed mixed with crushed Skittles, arizona iced tea mixed with haitian rum and a watermelon eating Baboon and you have the Miami Zombie 

westof107
westof107

Apparently no news source has mentioned how the attacker is of Haitian descent, and Zombies are real in Haiti. People in Haiti practice the darkest kind of magic with roots from Africa, Voodoo (which is related to the Cuban religion Santeria). Witch doctors are able to take control of a dead man through a demon to use his body as a slave, think of weekend a bernies... This is real. But I'm not saying this guy was a zombie, Its a possibility that the attacker was under some demonic influence due to some kind of witchcraft. Or perhaps drugs had something to do with it as well, when, added to the satanic voodoo roots, led to cannibalism. 

If you live in Ohio, Canada, Oregon, Maine or some northern region, it'll be hard for you to comprehend the dark underworld that exists in the Afro-Caribbean communities. Miami's Little Haiti is full of voodoo shops and Santeria shops are spread out throughout Miami. I see dead chickens used for sacrifices on the street at least once a month

Tony
Tony

In this case I am sorry to say but I would have shot his ASS!!!!! Can you imagine the scary scene that comnfrinted the police officer upon walking up to this guy while he was devouring some flesh??? Tased?? This dude pobably wouldnt have even felt it, we could be sitting here talking about 2 people being eaten. Stay off them kinda drugs then you wont have a hunger for flesh...that would solve this probelm...

Monkeytyler
Monkeytyler

Of course tasing him would have had an effect,then again you could have shot him on the leg or something like that.I get it that it must be a whole different thing seeing it in the Flesh,no pun intended.

Deport Haitians
Deport Haitians

These Haitians have caused enough trouble. Anyone read about the corrupt Haitian mayor and commissioners in N.Miami? Now one gets caught eating someones face? Time to deport.

Belle
Belle

You ass*** , The thing is not about nationality, is about drugs,,, yes his mother is Haitian, but he was born here in the USA. Haitian are good people!! The only thing I want you to do is to stay off these drugs because they can drive you do the worst.

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Obviously this story is a sensational and whatnot, but it seems to me the bigger local story out of last weekend was the 16 year old kid who was holding a baseball bat that the police shot four times (maybe in the back while he was on the ground). Figured the NT would be all over that, but the only info is in the Herald. GG-R, KM, got anything on that or is it zombie-story only?

Richard
Richard

Kony 2012 is somehow involved in this , I would look into if this guy was a supporter. 700,000 are supporters this could just be the start.

Kony 2012 zombie apocalypse is upon us, be wary of anyone with action kits or ardent supporters.

Jim Camp
Jim Camp

Nope the police did the only thing humanely possible to get to a position to protect the life & rights of the victim here. Rudy Eugene partied to hard, took the drugs he did and for that he was a menace to society, the attacking pit bull gone wild that had to be put down. Maybe in a few hours RE is normal enough to save ? But that wasn't the situation at that moment. And maybe the drugs RE took left him brain damaged to where he would be a burden on society & time bomb waiting to go off again. RE was self-destructive, so much it cost him his life, steps forward were too little to offset the self destructive drug abuse. RE was held accountable & responsible on that Saturday. He lacked the self discipline to party responsibly. Whether that was a shortcoming with him personally, his being raised by family & community is irrelevant, he stepped over the line of reasonable and the police did their job for the good of the rest of society. I have compassion for anyone as a human being, but a mentally retarded one like this person was, the rest of society is at risk, a super predator amongst the rest of us that have the focus & drive to interact. RIP RE, but Miami is better off that he doesn't exist at this point. The rest of the community can rest easier knowing the next episode will never happen. Would it be worse, or less heinous the next time. Even the homeless don't need to be exposed to that potential. If Poppo survives, the cost to him and society is too great, RE could never atone for this act because there is no such thing as saying what good he could ever do would ever ease Poppo's pain & suffering. Society will pick up the tab on this for the rest of Poppo's life, as miserable as it's going to be. The best thing that could've been done for RE that day and I know this will sound awful, but if he was the growling animal that the police story indicates he was, a car or bus running him over before encountering Poppo would've been the best thing for all involved. And this story has to be a lesson, those making "bath salt" and selling it for profit, they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They are turning canibals/zombies loose, unleashing them on the rest of us. They are as guilty as RE.

Jlu
Jlu

I thought they shot him once with a gun and he still didn't stop.  How would a taser stop him if a gun didn't even work the first time.  

Deport them all
Deport them all

Typical Haitian. Always blaming someone else. Should be deported.

Lisa
Lisa

Does that mean all white male americans are sociopathic sex killers like Ted Bundy?

Lisa
Lisa

Does that mean all canadians are sociopathic sex killers like Luka Magnotta?

Lisa
Lisa

Does that mean all dutch people are sociopaths because of Van Der Sloot?

CHICNFABULOUS
CHICNFABULOUS

No one in America are origin of America Except the Andians of north America.. All of our ancestors came here on a boat(England, Italians, Scotland, France, Russia, Spain cubain and ect..... Haitians are no different... they consider Haitians as rebelious but they did something different that no other other black nation have done... They didnt want want to be slave because they are worth more than cleaning or taking care of white household when the can take care of their own... True indeed they blame others for their shortfall but can You blame them..... they were kidnapp and lost touch with their true being just so they can provide England, France and Spain with more riches while they suffer... If anyone need to be SENT back is the whole America#####Ignorance LEARN YOUR HISTORY...HAITIANS GOT THEIR INDEPENDENCE BEFORE AMERICA..... SO WHO HELP AMERICA GET THEIR INDEPENDENCE(THINK ABOUT IT) tHE NEGRO REGIME WAS NOT ONLY AFRICAN AMERICANS.... @ SOME POINT HAITIANS WERE ABLE TO FREELY ROAM AMERICA AS THEY PLEASE

Jeff
Jeff

why do you all keep taking these Racists' bait?  Ignore them.

Roland
Roland

About learning history. U.S. independence was declared on the 4th of july 1776. Haiti became independent in 1804.

joder
joder

tased him?? several shots could not stop him and he was devouring a fellow human :( whatever was going on with him could not be stopped without deadly force. if it were my son eating someone else i am sorry i love my son to death but i would snap and do ANYTHING without a second thought to stop him. wrong is wrong. 

Trayvon ghost
Trayvon ghost

The police shot him because he was black! Call al sharpton let's start a riot ! I am being sarcastic !can you believe this lowlife he got exactly what was needed six gunshots I wonder who he picked up the drug habit from stepfather

Lisa
Lisa

Rudy's parents wishing their son wasn't dead has nothing to do with their skin color.  People don't want their kids to be dead regardless of what color they are.   I don't see where anyone has indicated Rudy was shot for being black.  

Chicnfabulous
Chicnfabulous

wow really you low self minded individual.. you are not Trayvon ghost. I dont think Thats how he would felt about it. Why bash the stepdad.. @ some point we all were love by our parents before we made adult decisions you idiot may it have been biological or not.. I wonder how you would feel if it was you in This situation you worthless no moral piece of crap( perhaps your face should be destroy in order for you to have a heart..? All the man was saying can other tactics might have use other than shooting him to death (out of love).. which is understainable.. I'm not justifying whats wrong and right but Your heartless comment sucks and not funny.... ? if this was a close family or relative what would have been your views in this issue? If i remember closely Trayvon(God bless his Soul) case would probably wouldnt made headline if his mother didnt express her views and regrets about the situations... We man so quick to judge when its not our job, we so quick to dismiss others feeling when its not our own.... Stop the madness @ some point lets ask ourselves "if I was in there shoes How would I feel"?

Sanford'scrimereduced
Sanford'scrimereduced

Trayvon deserved the bullet wed smoking thug was invading private property and was being aggresive to the local resident .Trayvon mother just like all blacks is using the race card to hide that fact that she like all black mothers are worthless they bring kids to this world to recieve GOVT assistance ..Chicnfabulous yeah i know your type you shop at macys wear the clothes 3 4 times and return it .Miami zombie deserved the six gunshots trayvon deserved the gunshot and you deserve a good whipping

L8lady
L8lady

Stereotype much? So, by your own standards, you are shacked up with your overweight first cousin in some double wide, trolling people online when you're on a crystal binge and cannot sleep. You are on disability but grease the pot by making and distributing meth.

Lisa
Lisa

A trained experienced police officer who is under intense constant scrutiny with a gun responding to a crime in progress versus a hothead who has shown poor judgement calls with a gun stalking someone then killing them with no crime having took place.  Yes.  I see the connection.  

Sarah
Sarah

My heart goes out to his poor family... But I wonder what they'd be saying if THEIR son was the victim getting his face eaten.

Sarah
Sarah

They didn't even appologize to the victim or his family.

Poppo
Poppo

 The victim is a dirty criminal bum who got what he asked for when he decided to live under a bridge and do pcp.

Jovy
Jovy

You're a fucken idiot.

Poppo
Poppo

BITCH, I READ ALLLLLL THE WORDS. No but for real, they were both up to no good home slice. Now shut the fuck up and make me a sandwich and feel bad for yourself.

jacqueline
jacqueline

hey.....read the words...they are put together and form sentences, then u read them, he wasnt the one on pcp...the attacker was, the other guy was just a homeless guy

Zfoml
Zfoml

And you're some moron with computer access

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