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Man arrested at gun rally hit with Taser, police confirm

The man arrested at Tuesday’s gun control rally outside the State House was hit with a Taser, the Concord police confirmed yesterday.

Daniel Musso, 52, a gun rights advocate who had been protesting against the rally, had been restrained by officers after touching one of them on the shoulders and apparently resisting arrest, according to video footage, photographs and witness accounts of the incident.

Sgt. Marc McGonagle of the Concord Police Department said he was not present during the arrest and had no details about the sequence of events. Musso was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and two counts of simple assault.

Musso’s arraignment, scheduled for 11 a.m. yesterday morning in Concord’s district court, was canceled because he posted his $5,000 cash bail, sometime before 7 a.m., McGonagle said.

A man who answered Musso’s apparent home phone yesterday would not identify himself or comment on the events.

No blood alcohol test was performed on Musso, and alcohol did not appear to be involved in the incident, McGonagle said.

Minutes before the arrest, Musso had approached a speaker at the gun control rally, which was sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and interrupted him as he discussed the death of his daughter in Manchester nearly four years ago.

McGonagle said about eight officers were involved in the incident, though not all of those had necessarily been on scene at the demonstrations. Several officers helped restrain Musso. The police had not been present at the beginning of the rally but arrived about an hour into it after receiving a call from an attendee about signs being tampered with or taken, McGonagle said.

Not every officer on the Concord force carries a Taser, McGonagle said, but they are used periodically to restrain suspects who are resisting arrest.

“When the situation calls for it, it’s a tool to use to get the situation under control,” he said.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319,
jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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