November 16, 2009

Grand Jury Clears Ft. Worth Cop in Taser-Killing of Michael Jacobs

Police officer Stephanie Phillips, who used a Taser in the homicide of 24-year old Michael Jacobs for 49 seconds was no-billed by a Tarrant County grand jury today.

The grand jury was asked to consider criminal charges for her actions in the April 2009 death of Michael Jacobs. He died within an hour of being shocked, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office ruled the death a homicide caused by the Taser.

The Fort Worth Police Department has not disciplined Phillips for the incident and does not plan to do so. Perhaps the police in Texas and elsewhere will have an open mind on December 4th as we join in a Day of Blogging for Justice: Stop Taser Torture online activism event.

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