September 21, 2010

Taser Death: Joseph Frank Kennedy (La Mirada, CA)

Authorities say Joseph Frank Kennedy, a 48-year-old parolee, has died after unidentified deputies electrocuted him with a Taser gun during a struggle outside a hotel in south Los Angeles County. [SOURCE]

Sheriff's spokesman Michael Parker says deputies patrolling the parking lot of the hotel in La Mirada were attacked after contacting Kennedy He fled on foot, then re-emerged to attack again and a struggle ensued.

Parker says Kennedy tried to disarm one of the deputies and threatened to kill them.  However, it turns out that the man was UNARMED!

The unidentified deputies used a Taser to subdue the unarmed man ... then they handcuffed him.  The police realized that something was horribly wrong as Kennedy had difficulty breathing.  Paramedics performed CPR on the man and took him to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital in La Palma, where he was declared dead at a hospital.

Coroner's officials were trying to determine the cause of death.

Investigators found substances they believe were drugs on Kennedy.

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