November 4, 2011

Taser Death: Chad Brothers (Colonie, NY)

It happened again. This time 32-year old Chad Brothers is dead as a result of having been electrocuted 4-5 times by the taser guns of unidentified Colonie (NY) police officers. There were no drugs involved in this case according to the preliminary autopsy reports.

Chad Brothers went on some type of rampage at the Gold's Gym in Colonie, NY. Police responded to a 911 call that says that a man was "going crazy". Nobody appears to know why Brothers was so upset. We'll never know now because the young man is dead.

Witnesses tell police he was intentionally speeding up treadmills other people were using, as well as pushing over machines, some weighing up to 700 lbs.

When the first officer arrived to the scene, an unidentified female officer, Brothers was still causing a disturbance and started throwing items at the officer.

The officer tried to take Brothers into custody, commanding him to calm down, but the 6'1'' and 240 lb. man continued to cause a ruckus. The officer attempted to handcuff him, and when she was unable to do that, she deployed her pronged taser. At that time, the officer said Brothers attempted to grab her taser away.

Two additional officers arrived at the scene, each using their own taser on Brothers.

Police say Brothers was stunned four to five times, in all.

After taken into custody, Brothers went into cardiac arrest. The officers at the scene, as well as a gym patron, began CPR on the victim before Colonie EMS arrived.

Brothers was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The unidentified officers involved in the incident have been put on paid administrative leave pending the end of the investigation.

Colonie Police Chief Steven Heider says his officers were jusified in what they did.


mickey said...

I knew Chad personally and you could not ask for a nicer guy he was kind and would give you the shirt off his back why this happened we will never know because he was murdered at the hands of the Colonie police dept. and their chief of police Steven" Wyatt Earp" Heider who would just as soon bash you in the head than try to diffuse the situation who tried to paint Chad as this big steroid eating monster he was a big teddy bear and anybody who knew him will tell you the same thing I hope this isn't just going to be covered up and i hope there will be some murder charges pending for the officers involved

Villager said...

Mickey - Thank you for sharing your personal insights. Our prayers are with the family and friends of Chad Brothers. I hope that the truth comes out. It is already obvious that the police won't be able to throw out the excuse of 'drugs' in this case. They would have done so already if they could...

Villager said...

All - Powers-That-Be are claiming that the tasers didn't electrocute and kill Mr. Brothers. Rather they are blaming it on agitated delirium.

This is the first time that I've ever seen that term. I wonder if it is related to 'excited delirium'?