The unfortunate and tragic death of a mentally ill black man who was tasered to death by Fort Worth police officers raises more QUESTIONS ON POLICIES in deployment of these weapons.
REPORT: Michael Jacobs, age 24, is dead after he was Tasered by a police officer. It happened Saturday morning in the 6200 block of Ava Court Drive in Fort Worth. Police officers were summoned to the residence after Michael had gone off his medications and was “causing problems with his parents”. When officers arrived Jacobs became uncooperative.
Police say an officer used her Taser on Jacobs to subdue him. Jacobs was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Officers noticed Jacobs wasn't breathing and called for an ambulance. Police say Jacobs was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Fort Worth police are investigating the incident. The medical examiner's office is working to determine Jacobs' cause of death.
“He didn’t deserve to die like this,” said SCLC-FW President Kyev Tatum.
UPDATE: The new Fort Worth Chief of Police, Jeff Halstead, will be the featured speaker at the next Fort Worth/Tarrant County Minority Leaders & Citizens Council luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the Community Christian Church Annex located at 1800 E. Vickery Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas.
The Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle is already in use all across America and around the world. The acronym for Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle is TASER.
Zap! Over 270 people wiped out, electrocuted by tasers. And now introducing the more formidable laser guided taser cannon, the TASER X26.
The Taser, produced by Taser International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), is the latest toy put into the hands of law enforcement to subdue resistive subjects during apprehension and arrest. But the product manual for the device warns of its misusage.
Product Warnings for Law Enforcement from the Manufacturer
Obey Applicable Laws. Carry and use the TASER device in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws as well as your law enforcement agency’s guidance—policies, procedures, training, etc. Each TASER device discharge must be legally justified.
WAS THE MANUFACTURER'S WARNING IGNORED?