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.