December 12, 2009
Taser Death: Hatchel Pate Adams III (Hampton VA)
Hatchel Pate Adams III, 36, was in his own home when he was killed by two jolts from police taser guns. Hampton police officers went to his home at 11:00 pm to serve an emergency custody order. Someone wanted Adams to be taken for a mental evaluation to determine whether he was a threat to himself or others. Adams didn't open the door for the police. The police called a family member who came with a key to the house. [SOURCE]
Once inside, Adams swung a samurai-style sword at the officers, who subsequently Tasered him. Adams pulled the Taser probes out and continued to swing the sword at the officers. He was Tasered a second time and stopped breathing.
Officers immediately started CPR and called medics, who took Adams to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 am on Friday.
The four officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave per Hampton Police Division policy while an internal investigation is conducted.
Gunfighter provided a comprehensive look at the use of force continuum. It is hard to believe that four Hampton police officers couldn't have used something less than a taser gun to put this young man in custody.
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