"And the cop didn't like what he said and he walked up behind him and punched him in the back," Brown's mother Shirley recalled the man telling her.
"Rodney's the type of person, he's my son and I know him, that he's not going to take a lick from cops or no one else and he doesn't carry any weapons so that's what started the melee," she said.
"He turned around and pushed the cop and the cop tasered him in the chest," said Shirley of Rodney the youngest of her seven children.
It appears that Brown made a fatal mistake by being disrespectful to the unidentified police officer. He gave the officer an excuse to electrocute him with 50,000 volts of electricity from the taser gun.
Disrespectful words should never result in a taser gun being used. Disrespectful words should never result in a death. Something went horribly wrong in Cleveland on New Year's Eve.