May 23, 2011

NAACP Upset About Taser-Killing of Marcus Brown (Waterbury, CT)

Marcus Brown
Waterbury (CT) police officer Andy Sanchez killed 26-year old Marcus Brown on May 1. Ordinarily this wouldn't cause much public uproar. Except this time there are some facts and circumstances that may be difficult for the police to explain.

Marcus Brown was a small man -- about 5'6" tall, weighing about 125 pounds -- and he was handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. Brown, father of two, was at a local hospital where he had come to get help. Sanchez decided that he had cause to open the backdoor of the police cruiser and pump 50,000 volts of electricity into Marcus Brown with his taser ... while Brown was handcuffed.

Brown died. Sanchez was placed on administrative leave.

Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches President Scot X. Esdaile announced an independent investigation by attorney Michael Jefferson.

It is hard to see how the Waterbury Police Department is going to weasel their way out of a wrongful death lawsuit and possible criminal charges in this one. What say u?

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