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No Tasers for NC Police Department After 2nd Death


Posted on Aug 03, 2011


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD)  has taken all tasers from its officers after a second man died in police custody after being tasered. 

The most recent incident happened last month when police responded to a call of a man beating a woman at a light rail station.  They identified the suspect, and he fled.  He was tasered during the officer's pursuit, and was non-responsive while being taken into custody.  Medical help arrived and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The first death occurred a few years ago when police responded to a report of a man arguing with his employer.  Police tasered him twice - video shows that the trigger was held for 37 seconds and then for 5 seconds.  A federal jury awarded that victim's family $10 million just days before the second death in July. 

The CMPD claims to be testing each taser and reviewing its Taser protocols. 

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