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Grand Rapids man dies after repeated tasering (UPDATE: another tasering ends in death)

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posted on Nov, 18 2009 @ 12:54 PM
A 30 year opld man is now dead.
His father called police saying her was out of control.
The police arrived, the man was confrontational, he was tasred with little effect on him.
He ran in his home, was tasered again and again.
Now he's dead.

The officers involved in the incident, both males, were placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy for both the East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety and the Grand Rapids Police Department. East Grand Rapids requested the investigation to be handled by the Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team and Internal Affairs Unit, which began their work at the scene.

Herald stated that East Grand Rapids has no policy on when a Taser should be used or how many times. The department first obtained Taser units in January 2009, and the officers involved in the incident were trained on the device. Herald referred to them as veterans of the force but did not say how long each has been a police officer.

It is commonly known that a person can be resistant to tasing if drunk or high, but Herald nor Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk could say whether Bolick was in that kind of shape.

taser death
Too bad no one took the time to notice.
Granted, time is of the essence and I don't know how fast these things tend to happen.
But if you are under the influence, have certain medical conditions---which may or may NOT be known to even you--beware situations where the law may use a taser on you

some debate safety of tasers
other taser death in Michigan
Unregulated Use of Taser Stun Guns Threatens Lives
Taser Wars: The Real Dangers of Loose Triggers


report of second death this week

[edit on Fri Nov 20 2009 by DontTreadOnMe]

posted on Nov, 18 2009 @ 01:06 PM
East Grand Rapids requested the investigation to be handled by the Grand Rapids Police Department Major Case Team and Internal Affairs Unit, which began their work at the scene.

They investigate their own police??
That doesn't sound like a fair investigation unless they are totally independant and have no ties to the police whatsoever.

Cops investigating cops??
That sounds fair.

Sorry I don't have much faith in the justice system.

posted on Nov, 18 2009 @ 01:31 PM
A taser should not be used unless the officer is under attack. They should not be used to subdue a suspect.

posted on Nov, 20 2009 @ 08:48 AM
Another person has died as a result or police tasering.
The identity of the man has not been released.

Shortly after 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the unidentified man had been driving erratically near Square Lake and Woodward and hit several cars with his white van before assaulting someone who’d approached him at a gas station, where he’d briefly stopped, investigators said.

Investigators say after the crash, the driver got out of his van and began "assaulting police officers" who in turn used tasers on the suspect. Police were able to finally handcuff the suspect, who then stopped breathing. Officers performed CPR, but the man died. His identity wasn't being released early Friday morning.

Police say because the tasers had little effect and the man was combative, it appeared he was under the influence of an unknown substance.

Police say a man they believe was on drugs led them on a high-speed chase and died Thursday night after officers used a Taser to subdue him.

Okay, granted this guy was more than resisting. But, they noticed the tasering was affecting him and that he was likely under the influence of something.
Seems like that should have sent off warning bells....that his body was not responding to high doses of electricity. Maybe tasering wasn't the best way to subdue this man.

posted on Nov, 20 2009 @ 09:28 AM
I think the use of tasers is way out of control. Too many deaths are the end result. There's got to be a safer way to subdue someone.

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