Tuesday, March 10, 2009

California Man Dies After Being Tasered by Police


Police in San Jose, California, say a man who died after being stunned got into a "violent struggle" with officers trying to take him into custody.

The man, described as being in his 20s, was the sixth person to die in the city after a Taser or electronic stun gun was used on them, according to police reports.

The officers were responding to a call about an intruder in a backyard, police said. Enrique Garcia, a police spokesman, said the man "resisted and got into a violent struggle with our officers."

Police hit the man with batons and then one officer used his Taser. After the man collapsed, officers tried CPR to no avail.

Garcia said some of the officers were injured in the struggle. The homicide squad is investigating the death.

San Jose issued Tasers to all police officers in 2004 after a woman was shot and killed when an officer mistook her vegetable peeler for a large knife
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