The police in Gallatin, Tennessee decided to jump on the taser abuse band wagon. They used a taser and a police dog to take down 33-year old Jeffry Woodward after he 'filed a false police report'. [VIDEO]
The police are engaged in damage control right now.
"This person did not immediately die as a result of being Tased," said Sgt. Bill Storment, public information officer for Gallatin police. "He died a short time later."Three unidentified Gallatin police officers responded to a home invasion call. En route to the scene, police encountered Woodward. According to police, Woodward was walking down the street carrying a knife. After surrendering the knife, Woodward reportedly told officers that someone was holding his mother in her house against her will.
Upon investigation, Woodward’s mother was found to be OK, resulting in police arresting Woodward for filing a false report.
As officers attempted to arrest Woodward, police say, he began to fight with officers. This gave the police all of the excuse that they needed to jolt Woodward with 50,000 volts of electricity from their taser guns. The police brought Woodward to the ground and handcuffed him.
It was soon after that that police believed Woodward was suffering from a medical problem and called for an ambulance. Woodward was transported from the scene to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where he died soon after.
The three police officers involved in the killing of this citizen are not being placed on suspension or administrative leave during the investigation.
"They will be back at work on their next tour of duty," Storment said.The police may have a hard time slipping this taser-related death under the rug. There was a witness to the killing this time. [SOURCE]
Shawn Hill, 22, of Gallatin, said he was trying to get a little extra sleep Tuesday night before going to work, hitting the snooze button on his alarm clock when he heard a struggle outside.
Stepping out of his home, Hill said he witnessed the struggle between Woodward and police.
Hill said he watched as Woodward ran from the police and dove onto the hood of a police car.
"All I could hear was tick tick tick tick tick (the sound made by the Taser). That was when he was on the ground."We have raised awareness of the continued taser torture in America. It is time that we take our protests and concerns to a new level. There are two upcoming events that I encourage all villagers to support and publicize.
Hill said Woodward’s mother pleaded with officers not to kill him. He said Woodward himself was also yelling.
"He was yelling, ‘Help me, help me,’" Hill said. "I won’t ever forget that."
Hill said that police deployed the K-9 unit against Woodward after he jumped onto the hood of the patrol car and was taken to the ground by several officers.
"While he was on the ground, they let the dog out to get on top of him," Hill said.
Storment said a K-9 was there, but as of Wednesday afternoon, Storment was unsure whether a K-9 dog made contact with Woodward.
While police are investigating what happened, Storment said he doesn’t believe any charges will stem from the investigation and that they have no reason to believe the officers used excessive force.
Hill, however, disagrees.
"For somebody to die, you did too much," he said.