September 19, 2011

Taser Death:Tyree Sinclair (Corpus Christi, TX)

It happened again! This time four police officers (Javier Cantu, Ismael Ybarra, Daryl Anderson and Lou Villa-Gomez)are on administrative leave as a result of their use of taser guns in the death of 31-year old Tyree Sinclair.

The four officers responded to a disturbance call on September 11. Police say Sinclair was arguing with a relative when they arrived. Officers say they tried to detain him, but he resisted arrest. Police were forced to use their taser guns and pepper spray to get Sinclair under control. Just a few minutes later police say the man collapsed. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

An autopsy was done, but the medical examiner is waiting on toxicology reports to come back. At this point, authorities don't know how the man died.

We may not know how we died ... but, we do know that the death penalty is not warranted for an unarmed man involved in a "disturbance".   Something went terribly wrong once 50,000 volts of electricity from a taser gun was involved.

This is not the first time that the Corpus Christi Police Department has been involved in a taser-related killing.  When will they learn?

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