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Handicapped Texas Man Shocked To Death With Taser On Suspicion Of Drugs That Apparently Weren’t There

May 29, 2013 by  

Handicapped Texas Man Shocked To Death With Taser On Suspicion Of Drugs That Apparently Weren’t There
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A 350-pound asthmatic man was sleeping on the couch at his Fort Worth, Texas, home on May 16 when the cops showed up with a warrant to search his house. They were looking for cocaine.

Jarmaine Darden had asthma severe enough that he wasn’t able to sleep lying down. He had to sleep sitting up. From Monday’s CBS DFW report, it appears Darden’s relatives were at his home when the cops showed up and let in the cops.

That didn’t stop the “zero-tolerance” officers from immediately treating the situation like a standoff with a dangerous criminal. According to the victim’s mother:

They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep. They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach.

He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side.’

Instead, Darden’s brother said, the cops warned the victim that unless he hit the floor on his stomach so they could cuff him, he’d get hit with the Taser. He didn’t — he couldn’t — and then they used the Taser on him. Darden immediately started having trouble breathing. They used the Taser on him again. In total, cops used the Taser on Darden three times. Then, he stopped breathing. Shortly after the 4 p.m. “raid” was over, an ambulance came and took Darden to the hospital; compression CPR was administered on the way. But Darden never revived. His relatives, including his two teenage sons, are in shock.

“He wasn’t resisting. He was actually trying to lay on his side, so they could handcuff him on his side, because that pressure on his lungs will cut off his air and he’ll stop breathing,” said Darden’s mother, who was at the scene. She told WFAA that she and other relatives kept pleading with the cops, “He can’t breathe like that — he’s not fighting you.”

Darden had one drug conviction on his record and, as part of his probation, took — and passed — frequent random drug tests.

In their incident report, police noted that Darden resisted arrest. Five others in the house were arrested, but there’s no mention of any drugs being found. And the only thing police are saying to the media is that they were “met with resistance” at the home.

Darden’s death marks the fifth time someone’s died after being shocked with a Taser by Fort Worth police since 2001. The department settled with the family of one victim (a man who died after being shocked for an astonishing 49 seconds in 2009), paying out $2 million in an agreement that saw the offending officer keep his job without reprimand. The department admitted to no wrongdoing, despite the fact the death was ruled a homicide.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Donna Sangsiri

    After it happened the second time where were the judges – mayor – city council – the citizens? No-one can stop this from happening if you do nothing. They won’t stop or police their own. How many other people are going to die in Ft. Worth before someone says enough is enough?

    • jd

      The saddest thing is when a disgruntled neighbor,angry ex-spouse or vengeful co-worker uses false allegations to set up these raids by law enforcement officers,therefore committing “murder by cop”.All it takes is a phone call and a lie to create havoc on innocent citizens and police officers as well.Of course it is entirely possible for rogue governments to “make the call” also.Does anyone remember “Waco”?

      • Craig

        These Cops everywhere are out of control.
        They dress like they are in Afghanistan fighting a war. They have forgotten our liberties and rights. They are now just a bunch of thugs.

  • Joshua Kim Ream

    We need to revolt

  • Nancy

    If someone on the street acted with the irrational behavior as these law enforcement officers did, they would be suspected of being on drugs. Perhaps the cocaine they were looking for was for themselves?

  • http://Google Daniel

    This is absolutely unacceptable! Are these police the same ones that will eventually come to disarm us? Who gives anybody the right to kill and get away with it? Just because they dress in uniform and wear a badge? Who are these hoodlums? Can’t they be identified and exposed? I saw no mention of names! Perhaps if these egomaniac savages were exposed, by name, and everybody knew what they did, there would be some form of repercussion. We need good cops with morals and scruples. We don’t need these power hungry savages to hold power over us!

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