November 20, 2009
Taser Death: Jesus Gillard (Bloomfield Township, MI)
A little twist on the 'Tasers Gone Wild' reality show that plays on a weekly basis in America. This time the taser-killing occurs in a city with one of the highest per-capita incomes in the nation ... Bloomfield Township, MI.
61-year old Jesus Gillard is dead and two police officers injured after a police chase which started in Bloomfield Township and ended in Troy. Police say Gillard was tasered when he started fighting with officers after a crash ended the chase.
Bloomfield Township police chased the van. The driver refused to stop and his vehicle rammed the patrol cars. The chase ended when Gillard crashed into another vehicle.
Investigators say after the crash, this 61-year old man got out of his van and began "assaulting police officers" who in turn used tasers on the suspect. Police were able to finally handcuff the suspect, who then stopped breathing. Officers performed CPR, but the man died.
Police say because the tasers had little effect and the 61-year old man was combative, it appeared he was under the influence of an unknown substance.
The two Bloomfield Township officers who were injured have non-life threatening injuries.
Because the man died, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office was brought in to conduct an independent investigation.
There is no excuse for endangering others with erratic driving ... however, the penalty for driving like a fool should not be DEATH. Apparently, the Bloomfield Township police feel that they have the right to extra-judicial electrocution if they are disrespected.
Is anyone else concerned about the speed at which these taser-deaths are occurring? This is the 4th taser-related death in less than a week. What say u?