May 14, 2010

Taser Death: Sukeba "Sassy" Jackson-Olawunmi (Atlanta, GA)

DeKalb County police electrocuted a second person within 5 days using their taser guns. This time the taser-killing was done to a woman. 39-year old Sukeba Olawunmi was pumped with 50,000 volts of electricity twice after she crashed a stolen car, refused to comply with police commands and became combative.

Police were called into the situation after Olawunmi was accused of attempting to carjack several people. The woman, who was 5-foot-3 and 350 pounds, became unresponsive shortly after the second jolt of taser juice.

We don't have much more information on this taser-killing right now. Please let us know if you learn anything new.

4 comments:

Gunfighter said...

Based on the information provided, the police appear to have acted appropriately.

Villager said...

Gunfighter - Time will tell. It seems like a short and overweight woman could have been subdued without electrocuting her...

Warning said...

Acted appropriately? Tasers are meant for defense purposes, when other alternatives are exhausted and the only alternative left is lethal use of force. Tasers are being misused in circumstances a gun would not be used as a control mechanism. Dehumanized weapons. Ever hit your head before? Ever had a concussion in which you are unaware of what you are doing? More than likely no, and if it were you had just been in a car wreck which resulted in police response that led to your death - maybe you wouldn't be so dehumanized about the issue.

Villager said...

Warning - I agree with you 100%. Do you have any suggestions on steps we should be taking to improve the situation with taser-related killings?