USA – Man dies after Chicago police use Taser during arrest (2014-05-21)

Published on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Dominique Franklin Jr., 23, has died two weeks after police used a Taser on him as he was arrested for a retail theft in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood. He fell against a light pole after he was tasered. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died in the hospital. An autopsy will be conducted.]]

Chicago Tribune, by Adam Sege

A man has died two weeks after police used a Taser on him as he was arrested in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood.

Dominique Franklin Jr., 23, who had lived in the 21000 block of Olivia Avenue in Sauk Village, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 4:49 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Franklin was taken to Northwestern in critical condition on May 7 after a police officer used a Taser while trying to arrest him for retail theft about 12:10 a.m. in the 200 block of West North Avenue, authorities said.

Witnesses said Franklin had started to run away from the officer and fell against a light pole after the officer Tased him.

He was taken by ambulance to Northwestern and later charged with two counts of resisting a peace officer and one felony count of retail theft. Franklin was also arrested on a warrant.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-man-tased-by-police-while-resisting-arrest-dies-20140521,0,6885167.story

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