Brian Cardall, recently diagnosed with bipolar disease, was driving home from a family wedding in Salt Lake City with his wife when he became disoriented. He stopped the car and got out. His wife called 911 to request medical assistance.
According to a witness, Cardall removed his clothing and stood on the side of the road, as if directing traffic.
The woman says Cardall was calm; he'd taken off his clothes and was waving his hands as if he were directing traffic next to the officers on the side of the road.The police arrived on the scene and killed Cardall with 50,000 volts of electricity from their taser gun.
"As I looked back, he was still standing there. The kids looked back. He was still standing there. He was not running at all the whole time I was driving," the woman said.
She was able to view the scene for about a minute and didn't see Cardall behaving aggressively toward police.
As the Cardall family continues to grieve for the promising scientist with a second child on the way, they are left with more questions than answers as to why police chose to use a Taser to subdue Brian as he walked near a highway in a confused state.
One thing that they know for sure is that their son didn't deserve to die on that road. Duane Cardall, Brian's father, is certain a Taser should not have been used on his son.
"Absolutely, unequivocally a Taser should have never been used in this instance," Cardall said. He said, to his knowledge, his son died within moments of being hit with the Taser.
Brian Cardall is the 21st person in America to die from taser-related shooting this year. Torture isn't limited to Dick Cheney. Taser-torture is occuring all over our nation. Isn't it time for you to join us in our call for congressional hearings on taser torture?