The taser-related death occurred early in the morning on Saturday, December 11. Police stopped 44-year old Anthony Jones for a traffic violation at 1:07 a.m. The unarmed man and police officer were talking with one another in front of the police car. Police claim that Jones suddenly began to run away ... jumping over a wall into the backyard of an abandoned home.
Police said officers chased and attempted to take Jones into custody but he aggressively resisted them. The officers then "attempted to deploy an E.C.D. several times to subdue the suspect," police said.
Jones was taken into custody but soon appeared to be in medical distress. No surprise since he had just been electrocuted by multiple taser gun blasts from these unidentified officers.
Jones was pronounced dead later at Valley Hospital.
Police did not specify how many officers were involved. They were placed on paid leave, and their names will be released 48 hours after the incident, per department policy.
This might be a good time to remind ourselves that resisting arrest should never be punishable by death. Especially, without any judicial oversight. The police are not supposed to be judge, jury and executioner in America. Yet and still we are seeing extra-judicial electrocutions taking place on a weekly basis in our nation. Why is there no outrage?