June 11, 2009
Taser Torture of Gary Decker is Ruled a Homicide by Tucson Medical Examiner
I must admit that I was surprised to learn that the medical examiner in Tucson AZ ruled that the taser-related killing of 50-year old Gary Decker is a homicide. [SOURCE]
Villagers may recall that Decker died from a combination of cocaine intoxication, multiple blunt force injuries and being restrained after he assaulted three police officers April 16 at the Extended Stay America, 5050 E. Grant Road.
He was confronted by officers after a hotel employee and some patrons complained of hearing music and loud noises coming from his room. After knocking on the door, police officers entered the room and found Decker nude and holding the seat he had torn from the toilet.
He attacked the officers after they tried to talk to him and a struggle ensued before officers electrocuted him with their taser guns. He died a few hours later at a local hospital.
According to the autopsy report, Decker suffered two puncture wounds to his chest and additional wounds to his right hip when he was Tasered. He also received numerous rib fractures. Decker had cuts and bruises all over his body, including his head, neck, abdomen, shoulders and arms, the report states.
Homicide. Murder. Death at the hands of another. It seems that the Tucson police officers that entered that hotel room didn't get the cover they expected from their local medical examiner. I wonder if these police officers will be arrested and charged with a crime?
More importantly, I wonder if congressional hearings on taser torture are more likely as a result of this homicide ruling.