December 6, 2010

Oklahoma Coroner Rules 'Homicide' in Taser-Death of Damon Lamont Falls

The wheels of justice are turning in Oklahoma where six Oklahoma City police officers were involved in the taser-related death of 31-year old Damon Lamont Falls back in July. We learned today that the state medical examiner's office has ruled that Falls died as a result of a homicide. [SOURCE]

Villagers may recall that police killed Falls after responding to a call about a disturbance at a Dollar General. Officers found Falls wearing a wig, a fake mustache and beard, a ball cap and sunglasses. According to a police report, during their struggle to get Falls into custody, police used a taser on him, but he then continued to struggle with officers after he was shocked.

Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight said that as officers were trying to walk Falls back to a police car, he collapsed. Falls was taken by paramedics to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The six officers who were involved in the incident, 27–year-old Jacob Cole (four year veteran), 34-year-old Aaron Wake (four year veteran), 27-year-old Zachary Miller (four year veteran), 28-year-old Ramon Castro (one year veteran), 30-year-old Daniel Herring (one year veteran) and 23-year-old Tyler Duncan (one year veteran), were all placed on routine administrative leave pending the investigation. It is unclear when or if the officers were ever taken off leave.

Member of Falls' family said the officers involved used too much force. In July, the family said if those officers are not fired, they'll consider legal action. It is unclear if any legal has been taken.

The next step in this process belongs to the Oklahoma City district attorney. The district attorney needs to determine whether to bring criminal charges against one or more of the police officers involved in this extra-judicial electrocution.

Please let this blog know if you learn of any new information in this taser-related killing.

1 comment:

Deana Smith said...

Is this same Damon Damont brooks from meridian ms.