Cora Mitchell said her 16-year-old son, Robert Mitchell, was a special education student who probably panicked when police pulled over a car driven by his friend Friday and he jumped out of the car and ran.
"These police officers have just flipped the tables on not only me and my family, but their wives and children as well," she said while standing on the porch of her home in northeast Detroit as a steady stream of friends and relatives stopped by.
"I am a Christian woman and in my heart I'm trying to find forgiveness for them because they're going to have to live with this for the rest of their lives — forever," she said.
Mitchell fell to the ground and became unconscious. He was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and later died at Henry Ford Hospital, Warren Campus.
It's not known why Mitchell ran from the officers. He did not have a warrant out for his arrest and was not carrying any contraband.
"We spoke with the driver and he said Robert admitted he was going to exit and flee," said Detective Lt. Michael Torey of the Warren police. "The driver inquired why he was going to run and there was no response."
An autopsy conducted on Saturday was inconclusive but there were no signs of outer trauma to the body, officials said. Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz said he is waiting for the results of toxicology tests before a cause of death is determined.
The two unnamed officers involved in the Taser incident had been placed on administrative leave over the weekend, but returned to duty as police administrators determined they used appropriate force because Mitchell physically confronted them after the chase.
Cora Mitchell said she believes officers may need more training with the weapon that may have killed her son.
"Gas by itself is not dangerous but when used improperly, gas could blow up the whole block," she said. "This was a kid who posed no danger to anyone. I was told at the hospital that he had his hands up to surrender when he was hit."
"I have had car trouble and I'm going to school to become a medical assistant and he'd sometimes walk me to school," Cora Mitchell recalled. "He was a good boy who loved his church. We have a big family, so he was good with the other kids. We always had a team of boys ready to bowl or whatever."