How can these cops get away with this?
A Georgia man died after police shocked him with a Taser as many as 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk due to a foot chase, his attorney said this week. At a press conference on Tuesday, attorney Chris Stewart said that police records showed that East Point officers had discharged their Tasers 13 times to make Gregory Towns, who was handcuffed, get up and walk. “This is a direct violation of their own rules,” Stewart explained, according to WSB-TV. “You cannot use a Taser to escort or prod a subject.” “They used their Tasers as a cattle prod on Mr. Towns.” Stewart said that he pieced together what led up to Towns’ April 11 death using official city records and eyewitness accounts. “He wasn’t cursing. He wasn’t being abusive. He was saying, ‘I’m tired,’” the attorney pointed out. Taser logs showed that Sgt. Marcus Eberhart fired his Taser 10 times, and officer Howard Weems pulled the trigger three times. However, the logs did not indicate how many times the Taser made contact with Towns. In all, records indicated a total shock time of 47 seconds. Stewart called the situation “indefensible.”
Yes, yes, yes...he was in police custody AFTER a chase...so I'm sure this seems A-okay to some here on NewsVine...but it is NOT okay.
Cops need to be accountable for their actions.