Overweight Asthmatic Tased to Death in Home Raid by Cops Looking for Cocaine (That They Don't Seem to Find)
It's another dangerous day at life for American citizens as they encounter our hard-working police, from a Dallas-Fort Worth CBS Local report:
Relatives of a man who was killed after police entered his home and tased him are struggling to come to terms with how he died.
"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.
Zero tolerance officers were executing a search warrant at his southeast Fort Worth house on May 16, searching for cocaine, when according to police reports the incident happened. The same report states that Darden resisted arrest.
But family members said the 350 pound father of two was a chronic asthmatic and had to sleep sitting up.
"He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, 'He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side,'" said Randle.
Darden's brother said the officer warned his brother that if he didn't get on his stomach, they were going to to taze him… and then they did. That's when Darden started having trouble breathing, according to his brother Eric.
Witnesses said Darden was shocked with a taser at least twice; then stopped breathing and died.
Police records show five arrests were made but there isn't any mention of police finding cocaine.
Darden was the father of two teenage sons. Was.
Reason TV on the lethality of tasers: