November 23, 2010

Taser Death: Denevious Thomas (Albany, GA)

It's happened again. This time unidentified Doughtery County Police officers decided to perform an extra-judicial electrocution of 36-year old Denevious Thomas when he was pulled over for a traffic stop in Albany, GA earlier this morning. [SOURCE]

Thomas' car was stopped near his home. In fact his aunts and other family members were nearby when the unidentified police officers drove away with his body still in handcuffs. The family members were understandably outraged and hysterical.
"He's dead. He's dead in handcuffs. It's not right," said Thomas' aunt Mary Ward.
His grandmother, who had kept her composure all morning, couldn't hold it in any longer.
"A dog deserves better than what he got, it's just so sad," grandmother Mary Ward cried.

The police spin the story this way: An unidentified Dougherty County police officer tried to pull over Thomas because he "appeared impaired". Police say that Thomas didn't stop ... and police chased him at a speed of about 30 miles per hour for a few miles until he crashed.
"The driver attempted to run from the vehicle. And in the attempt to take him into custody a taser was deployed," said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.
Cheek says Thomas struggled with the officer. After tasing Thomas, an unidentified officer put him in handcuffs and placed him inside the police car. When EMS crews arrived to check on Thomas' condition, Thomas was found to be dead, leaving behind his girlfriend Margaret Johnson and three children including a one-year-old.
"I'm still in shock, very much so. Because I was just standing in the doorway waiting for him to walk in," said Johnson.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is getting statements from everyone involved in this taser-related death. It seems very funky to me based on the little information that has currently been released.

Please let this blog know if you hear of any additional information.

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