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Texas Police Tase Overweight Asthmatic to Death in Drug Raid That Uncovers No Drugs

May 30, 2013
Tana Ganeva
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JarmaineDardenAnother casualty of the drug war

On May 16th, Forth Worth police entered the home of Jarmaine Darden, 34, in search of cocaine. The raid, which does not appear to have uncovered any cocaine,  ended with the 34-year-old father dead after police tased him multiple times.

Family members told CBS 11 that the 350-pound man, who’d been asleep on the couch when police came in, couldn’t drop to the ground on his stomach as officers commanded because he suffered from asthma.

“They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep. They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach,” said Donna Randle, the mother of victim Jarmaine Darden, 34.

According to what witnesses told CBS 11, Darden stopped breathing and died after police tased him the second time. An investigation into the incident is underway.

Tasers are supposed to save lives by allowing police to de-escalate dangerous situations without using their guns. But critics say they are over-used and can prove deadly, most often by causing cardiac arrhythmia and cardiac arrest, including in otherwise healthy individuals. Hundreds of incidents of death or injury have been reported, leading to multiple lawsuits against police departments and Taser International, a manufacturer of the weapon.

Ironically, police officers have sued the company in the past for taser injuries suffered  during training sessions. 

One Comment leave one →
  1. MICHAEL permalink
    May 30, 2013 11:08 am

    I find it a bit scary to read on a daily basis about the “over the top” actions of Police officers around the nation – involved in the out-and-out disregard for human life when it comes to their response to a 911 call or to a planned raid. All to often – they get it wrong and an innocent citizen, or a citizen who is unable to respond as fast as the cops want them to – ends up dead. The recent Costco incident is an example where a woman was claimed to be acting strangely was tased by a defective taser and then shot and killed. DON’T LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CAMPS TEACH THEIR RECRUITS HOW TO DISARM A SUSPECT WITH A WEAPON OTHER THAN A GUN? Isn’t it a little over-the-top to shoot to kill a human being when you have that person surrounded by half a dozen cops?

    There may very well come a day when reasonable citizens find themselves doing to the cops what they are now doing to us. I fear that this day is very near.

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