December 14, 2010

Taser Death: Linel Lormeus (Naples FL) | 'He Called for Help ... Instead They Killed Him'

An unidentified Collier County deputy pumped at least 50,000 volts of electricity into Linel Lormeus, an unarmed 26-year old southwest Florida man, in front of his home on Sunday, December 12. Lormeus died as a result of the extra-judicial electrocution. [SOURCE]

Years ago when her sister died, Marti Guilbeau took custody of her nephew, a mentally ill boy by the name of Linel Lormeus. Lormeus couldn’t do much because of his illness, but he was generally calm, and Guilbeau treated him as her own.
He became like my son,” she recalled.
Lormeus and Guilbeau had some type of domestic disturbance over the weekend. Guilbeau tried to get him under control and she ended up leaving the house to ask a neighbor for help. The neighbor instead called 911. The woman told deputies that Lormeus suffered from a mental illness and had stopped taking his medication.

Three deputies arrived at the scene and Guilbeau told them her adopted son was mentally ill, and she asked them to be gentle with him. When deputies knocked at the door, Lormeus opened it and allowed them inside, Guilbeau said. He panicked when they tried to handcuff him.

According to the police, Lormeus ran as soon as deputies arrived.

Guilbeau didn’t see what happened next, but she said that a witness told her Lormeus was tackled to the apartment floor by deputies. She heard that he was able to get back up and began running deeper into the apartment, hiding in a closet. That’s when the Taser was used, she heard.

Lormeus suffered a medical emergency as he was handcuffed. One deputy performed CPR as another ran for a defibrillator. Paramedics were called to respond to the scene. Lormeus was taken to the Pine Ridge campus of Physicians Regional Hospital, where he died at 11:44 p.m.

Guilbeau mourns her adopted son’s death, and she wonders if deputies could have handled the situation more gently after a neighbor called 911.
He called police for help,” she said through a translator. “Instead, they killed (Lormeus).”
The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation into the actions of the officer, according to a press release, and the agency has requested the Florida Department of Law Enforcement conduct an outside investigation into the incident. Results of the inquiry will be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office, which will determine if any of the officers are criminally culpable.

She said her adopted son had received treatment in and out of Haiti for his mental illness. He had been prescribed pills in Haiti, but he didn’t have them in the U.S. during his latest stay. Guilbeau estimated that roughly a year and a half had passed since Lormeus last took his medication.
The police are supposed to help, gently,” Guilbeau said.
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Regina said...

The rate of these types of taser deaths is increasing at an alarming rate. I'm still not understanding why something isn't being done on this topic. People blog about, complain about it, call elected officials about but nothing seems to help. SMH...What can we do?
My Good News Tuesday mood is quickly slipping away...

Villager said...

Regina - We probably need insights from other online activists that are able to provide better analysis and alternative solutions. Gina McCauley challenged me in the past, however, I wasn't sure how to respond to her challenge. I wish that the folks at would take a look at what we're doing. We haven't had a 'Blogging for Justice' Day with our AfroSpear kinfolk on this subject in over a year.

I've been hesitant to do more than track the taser-related killings as it didn't seem that there was much (if any) outrage from others.

re: Good News Tuesday - Don't let flow of bad news impact your desire to share good news. My GNT post will go up in another half-hour or so!

Regina said...

Yes, I remember the Blogging for Justice on taser deaths. That was quite some time ago. If you and Gina decide to organize something please keep us Villagers updated.