Police Abuse

Man Fatally Tasered in Police Station

Not so less-lethal


A man died after officers used a Taser on him at the 5th District police station on the Far South Side and again at Roseland Community Hospital, authorities said.

Philip O. Coleman, 38, was arrested around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday for beating his 69-year-old mother, injuring her head and legs, police said in a statement. Coleman "became combative" and spit blood on the faces of an officer and a supervisor, police said.

On Thursday, officers were taking Coleman from the 5th District station to court when "he again became combative" and a Taser was used "to gain control of the subject," police said.