Tasered, then died
2014 > 1 July 2014
[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This is a list of known deaths in 2014 (up to 1 July) following taser discharges. Excluding the case in bold and italics, 15 deaths have been reported, all male, and all except one in the United States. This six-month total (the equivalent of a 30 year total) is certainly a substantial decline from previous years: 55 in 2013, 63 in 2012, 66 in 2011, 60 in 2010 – as reported on the TruthNotTasers web-site . ]]
Source: GlobalShock.org database
See explanatory notes below table to interpret this post
|Date of death||name||age||sex||location||summary of circumstances|
|2104-06-07||Daniel Best||34||M||Gilbert, Arizona||Nude and yelling, domestic violence call, unarmed, unclear how many times tasered, at least once; medical distress, died shortly after in hospital|
|2014-06-26||Dominic Graffeo||56||M||Chelsea, Massachusetts||Mentally disturbed, violent, died within minutes of two taser discharges|
|2014-06-04||Name not released||—||M||Burnaby, BC : CANADA||Agitated; tasered following domestic dispute; taser “had no effect”; medical distress on arrest; died shortly after|
|2014-05-12||Ronald Hillstrom||44||M||University Place, Washington State||“out of control” with screwdriver, tasered, taken to hospital where he died|
|2014-05-07||Dominique Franklin Jr.||23||M||Chicago, Illinois||Running from police, tasered, hit pole, medical distress, died in hospital 5 hours later|
|2014-05-06||George King||19||M||Baltimore, Maryland||Unarmed and heavily medicated African-American foster-youth tasered in hospital 5 times in drive-stun mode, went into coma and died a week later in hospital|
|2014-04-29||Clayton Lockett||38||M||Oklahoma||TASER NOT CAUSE OF DEATH, BUT … Death-row inmate victim of 54-min botched execution by the State of Oklahoma, was tasered by prison staff 11 hours before he died|
|2014-04-23||Tyrone Davis||43||M||Natchez, Mississippi||Police: “he failed to cooperate” and they were “forced to use taser”; died a few minutes later|
|2014-04-20||Randall Hatori||39||M||Big Island, Hawaii||Tasered multiple times and pinned down following car chase; initial cause of death: enlarged heart/cardiac arrest and methadone. 2nd medical examiner “found no evidence that being tased contributed to … death”|
|2014-04-13||Jose Maldonado||22||M||East Hartford, Connecticut||Arrested for acted violently, disruptive in police HQ, tasered, medical distress following taser discharge, died in hospital|
|2014-04-13||Edward Michael Caruth||38||M||Phoenix, Arizona||Acting strangely and mumbling, resisted arrest, tasered at least 4 times, medical distress, died on arrival at hospital|
|2014-04-11||Gregory Towns||24||M||East Point, Georgia||Domestic dispute call, mile police-chase, tasered once (Police), tasered up to six times (witnesses), medical stress, died on arrival at hospital. Medical examiner’s initial report:“probably died from yet to be determined natural cause(s) exacerbated by his physical exertion in fleeing the scene.”|
|2014-04-11||Treon “Tree” Johnson||27||M||Hialeah, Florida||Died in the custody of Hialeah police after they found him on a rooftop throwing coconuts at a dog that had bitten him. Police tasered him and transferred him to Hialeah Hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and died.|
|2014-02-05||Willie Sams||21||M||Miami-Dade, Florida||Died after Miami-Dade Police used a Taser on him during an altercation.|
|2014-02-27||Maykel Antonio Barrera||39||M||Miami-Dade, Florida||Altercation with police following domestic dispute call; ran from police, who tasered him as he fought with them, injuring 2 officers, according to police, became unresponsive, died shortly after arriving in hospital.|
|2014-02-26||Name not released||—||M||Irving, Texas||Man “appeared to be on drugs”, wrestled naked with police in a bar, was tasered and then hospitalized and died. “The Taser had no apparent effect” say police|
Sources: The principle source is media reporting, particularly local media, and omitting “politically-motivated charges”. These followed by cross-checking independent reports, police reports, official enquiries (rare) and a few personal contacts; this information (and sources, including URLs) can be found on posts on GlobalShock.org.The outstanding single reliable source, with which these data have been cross-checked, is TruthNotTasers.blogspot.ca, where a complete, regularly up-dated “list-of-the-dead” can be found on the front-page (totalling 851 as of July 1 2014).
Date of death: Cases are arranged in descending order. The date is sometimes approximate and accurate to within a few days, since referred to as “last week”, “died a week later in hospital”, etc. Cross-checked when possible.
Name: A few not released (in italics), such as children, or on family’s request, or otherwise unavailable in our database
Location: Municipality and State in USA; Countries outside the United States where deaths are reported are CAPITALIZED.
Summary of circumstances: This is to provide an initial handle on what happened and may be contested by police, etc. Summary autopsy results (and/or coroners’ reports, etc.) are added where available. For more details in each case, victim’s name in GlobalShock.org search-box (or in Google, etc.)
Italics and bold: Cases where taser discharge preceded death (our criterion), but taser as cause of death can be ruled out.