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.

  • Jessica M

    When wimpy, scared men/women are allowed to put on a uniform and exert authority, they can’t handle it. They feel that surge of power and and it overcomes them. So they end up killing an innocent person. Would be best if they stayed inside their houses and let their wives continue to beat hell out of them each day.

    • kmoomoo

      Right. A 350 pound [expletive deleted] that “didn’t resist” at all. So they arrested the whole family for the hell of it. This story is so full of [expletive deleted] bias to enrage the LOW INFORMATION reader against police it’s pathetic. I’ll wait for the ME report on actual cause of death and the charges filed in court on the family members. There is a lot more to this story than this “ripped from a tabloid” presentation.

      • Average_Joe56

        “This story is so full of [expletive deleted] bias to enrage the LOW INFORMATION reader ”

        You seem to be pretty enraged… Are you trying to tell us something?
        Open mouth, switch feet…..

        • Guest

          Probably a cop how why would he be so enraged they violate our rights and lie everyday and it’s all legal for them.

      • Thomas Cake

        Hey cow (kmoomoo)…I’ve witnessed exactly this kind of random abuse, so stop defending the storm troopers. You are clueless.

        • Jana

          I have a girl friend (hispanic) whose parents live in another city in Texas. About 3:30 in the afternoon the police broke down her parents front door and there was yelling and screaming with chaos and much confusion all around. My girl friends sister in law was going to the rest room and the bathroom door was broken down and she was thrown off of the commode quite embarrassed.

          This was a drug bust. They tore up the house and found nothing. Later when the police were leaving the mother was to sign the warrant she looked at it and said,” This isn’t my address!”
          THEY HAD THE WRONG HOUSE. The house they wanted was next door. The police were NOT obligated to pay for any of the damages and as far as I know they didn’t. Her mother was thankful for one thing, and that was that her husband wasn’t home at the time because she said he would have been killed fighting back someone coming in their home like that.

      • Gerald Bradley

        she must be the wife of a pig

    • Guest

      The last thing you want to do is call a cop for any reason!

  • Breeze13

    These are exactly the kind of people that should not be cops. However, it seems they like to hire medium intelligence, paranoid thugs with “power issues”. YES, police lie on their reports, in court under oath, and will do whatever it takes to make a person a criminal. I remember my Dad telling me,(I’m 59), to NEVER trust the police.

    • Thomas Cake

      You’re Dad was right!! They are all liars, and I believe these are the little wussies in school who dressed all in black, so they were picked on, so they grow up to get their revenge on everyone.

      • brad

        I’ll tell you what Thomas, aka tough guy, I’ll gladly meet up with ya and take my badge off anytime you like my friend. I am not a liar and I do the toughest job in America, that I promise you. You people are so ignorant to the fact of what police do in this country everyday, it’s just astonishing! You listen to the family members of this man and you idiot’s are just sold, police officer’s are automatically guilty of murder now! What happen to due process? What happened to waiting on the facts of the case, let’s hear from the police officer’s. Is that too adult for you?

    • brad

      I served 11 years in the 101st Airborne, had 4 combat tours, and have 13 years of law enforcement experience. I would be glad to compare resumes with you by email if you like. I would like to see how much smarter you are than me. Are there a few bad apples in law enforcement, of course, same with any profession in the world, but is it fair to say all police are stupid, paranoid thugs with power issues and are liars? What is your profession sir? I’m quite sure there are idiots that work in your profession, if so, then sir, you are an idiot by your own ideology of all police!

      • Breeze13

        I was a corrections officer. We didn’t get to carry guns in the jail. I am not impressed with what you were. If you care, I am a Mensa. Yes, I am an idiot. Who cares?

  • altonlee

    What happened to the old cop, you know the ones that where there to help you. And when they did have to arrest you or wrote you a citation they did it with a lot of common sense.

    Now we have the nazi style “cops”. They are not there to serve the ones that pay their salary, but to try rule over them.

    • vicki

      What happened to the old cop, you know the ones that where there to help you.

      The war on (some) drugs.

    • Prat

      Your ignorance is showing, you were not there,you should not commit.

  • JThaddeustoad

    It all started when we went from ” Protect and Serve ” to ” Law Enforcement”.. Law enforcement empowers the POLICE aka POLICY Enforces to protect the policy makers who give us this type of behavior while enforcing stupid laws made by stupid law makers…. Law enforcment is replete with folks that can’t manage their own lives yet they are charged with the authority to take away my freedom… there is something fundamentally wrong here and it needs to be fixed…

    • Average_Joe56

      LEO = Legally Entitled to Oppress

  • Jaloer Swenk

    I guess it’s time to use the “shoot first and ask questions later” when the vermin come calling at the door! Since they are there to murder innocents, I think the proper thing is to beat them at their game, the muth!@#$%^&

  • joe1cr

    Police state Idiots with to much power along with no common sense or human compassion. These need to be weeded out by the judges when they come before them.

  • Shorty Stuff

    They should all be charged with murder. The multi-million dollar judgements should come out of the individual police officer’s, and their superior’s pockets and not the taxpayer coffers.

  • manuel

    The days when the US had peace officers and not cops is long gone. These thugs in uniforms w/badges and guns are god almighty and you better never forget it, or they will either kill you or leave you for dead. Ft Worth has been a liberal thorn in the side of north Texas for decades and their cops are militant thugs who delight in showing everyone who is boss. Nothing will happen to these turds, because the voters there will allow them to continue to play their games and draw good money to do it.

  • securityman

    there is more to it than you are reading here. I am not going to judge the thing until I have more facts on the case. a long time back I was a deputy sheriff and it doesn’t seem right to just lay down judgements without knowing what went on.

    • Guest

      Sure dude their really cool guys and couldn’t do that or hurt anybody total gentlemen law abiding etc. Open your eyes.

  • tim

    Cops are pricks people plain and simple.
    Dorner knew about all his buddies on the LA police force. He was right about them and they knew it, that’s why he had a whole police force on his knees cowering and shooting everything in sight!!!!!!!
    Beware of the police, they are not your friends!!!!!

  • tim

    kmoomoo they arrested the whole family to cover their asses!!!! You will see a law suit and a big settlement on this one!!!!! Cops need to be fired when these law suits are won by the people!!!!! That should put the quilt on the officers who killed or maimed!!! Instead police forces just try to cover their cops asses!!! I would not want someone working for me that I could not trust to do his job!!!

    • Guest

      They should be thrown in jail sued in civil court as well as the police dpt. and the city. We have to fight for our rights not settle out of court set precedent we can win the battle.

  • Steve E

    A manslaughter charge for the cops is appropriate in this case.

    • Jana

      I hope they are charged, and they all should be charged as they were all complicit as no one tried to stop them if it really went down this way. Even if he were guilty of drugs, when they said he couldn’t lay down that way they should have listened, but too often their adrenalin is up and they won’t listen. Lack of training.

      • Gerald Bradley

        TDCJ policy is to get a inmate off his belly onto his side or sitting asap.I know this I was a correctional officer and if we did half the stuff the redcoats(police)do we would be in prison.We are treated worse than inmates and it pisses me off.

        • Gerald Bradley

          TDCJ=Texas Department of Criminal Justice the state prison system for Texas.

      • Average_Joe56

        ” Lack of training.”
        Lack of humanity, compassion and moral decency.

  • ezekiel22

    Yeah, we have similar here in Vegas. Cop shoots cuffed suspect in back it is justified. Cop shoots suspect in underwear in bathroom with hands on head it is justified. Cop shoots suspect in immobilized car mentally distressed it is justified. What is the line of justification now in Vegas? If the cop is scared he can shoot you. Let’s hope they don’t have a bad day before they stop you.

  • TheSilverRanger

    It seems that I have to post this message YET AGAIN, since I have to remind people that cops are one of the most evil people on the face of the earth.

    The point of this isn’t to judge whether cops are justified in doing what they do. This has nothing to do with police training. And this isn’t just about American cops. This is about the perception that we, the public, have of you when you perform the following actions. It doesn’t matter if you disagree with these perceptions, because right or wrong, they exist. The point of this article is to simply let you know that we’re watching, and this is how we see things.

    1. When ten of you show up to make one arrest, it makes you look like cowards.

    On my way home from a bike ride a few weeks ago, I saw three arrests being made in under an hour in a relatively safe part of the city. At one of the incidents, eight police cruisers responded to make one arrest. The guy who was arrested was ejected for being too drunk in a bar. Just one guy, and he was drunk. He had a stupid moustache, hadn’t hurt anyone and was drunkenly walking home when he was tased and tackled by 3 cops before 6 police cruisers showed up in addition to the two that were there, for a total of 8 cruisers and 10 cops. The man was UNARMED.

    How much backup do you need? It’s one guy. If you can’t handle one drunk guy by yourself, you shouldn’t be a cop. Training tells you otherwise? Well stop
    being trained by pansies!

    2. When you tase somebody who isn’t trying to escape, it makes you look like lazy cowards.

    A taser isn’t a remote-control for people. Want to talk to someone? Then walk over to them and talk. Don’t tase them and expect them to cooperate. Also, when someone is being tased and is writhing in cardiac arrest on the ground, they aren’t “resisting arrest” by not getting on their knees and neatly kowtowing to your demands. They’re incapacitated. You look like idiots barking orders at them when they can’t move.

    Being a cop has certain risks associated with it. If you aren’t comfortable with those risks, don’t take the job. Always trying to minimize your risk of injury at the expense of others by being a taser-happy loonatic makes you look
    like lazy sissies.

    Tasing everyone you see because they might pose a risk to you is like spraying everything with a fire extinguisher so it doesn’t catch fire. Part of the problem might be that many cops are overweight and out of shape. If you fatheads can’t chase someone down, then you shouldn’t be cops. Studies have shown that not being a fatty is just as effective as using a taser.

    3. When you set up speed traps, it makes you look like you don’t have anything better to do.

    I get happy every time I see a speed trap, because I assume it means all criminals have been locked up, you’ve caught the guys who broke into my car on three separate occasions and my stolen property will be returned shortly, right idiots? Good job guys, take a break and make some scratch for the city.
    Because why the hell else would you be sitting on your tookus in a ditch if that wasn’t the case?

    People who speed are awesome. The last thing this world needs is more slow drivers. Traffic jams occur because of idiots braking prematurely.

    And when you pull people over, how about doing it in a place that doesn’t obstruct traffic? You know what’s just as “unsafe” as speeding? Having to swerve into another lane because your stupid car is blocking traffic. Every time I pass another cruiser parked in two lanes, backing up traffic for miles, it makes me punch myself in the jaw until I pass out.

    4. When you give out stupid tickets for rolling through stop-signs at 3 AM, or closing down lemonade stands, it makes us think you’re morons.

    We know that “the law is the law.” We also know that you’re not instruction-executing robotic morons. When you harass us with BS fees and fines, it makes us question your judgement. We know that this kind of stuff is
    all about money; remember those cops in Florida who harrassed a 9 and 5 year old girl and forced them to close down their lemonade stand?

    The legal age for entering into contract in the United States is 18. So that effort to charge them fees by making them apply for a permit? Illegal. Law is the law, right? Arrest yourselves. And speaking of nepotism…

    5. We know you guys use the buddy system to get out of speeding tickets. And it infuriates us to no end.

    Cops have a code that basically amounts to always letting fellow cops go. When a cop pulls over an off-duty officer, the officer who was pulled over discreetly flashes his badge to let him know that he’s on the force, and he’s simply let go. You think we don’t know what’s going on, tough guy? It’s a courtesy not extended to anyone else, lest the officer is having a particularly good day and isn’t PMSing all over the highway.

    Sometimes you write tickets for going 1 over the speed limit, sometimes it’s 10. Then when you get called on doing something stupid like writing a ticket to someone for a law that shouldn’t be enforced and rarely is (like jay-walking in New York), you hide behind your tired mantra that it’s the law and that you have to be consistent. Except when you aren’t.

    6. When you flash your lights just to get through intersections, you look like jerks.

    I’ve followed cops who’ve done this, only to see them park their cruisers for coffee or lunch. And speaking of lunch…

    7. When you park in a red zone to eat, it makes you look like lazy jerks.

    The argument can be made that police officers need to be near their cruisers at all times in case of an emergency. Fine, but that doesn’t entitle you to eat at the most popular restaurants. If you want to eat at some trendy restaurant, park at a meter and pay, like everyone else. Can’t find a meter? Tough luck, go someplace else. Doctors, surgeons, rescue workers and security all have important jobs where people’s lives are at stake, and you don’t see their cars popped up on the curb, obstructing traffic and parked illegally so they can fill their fat faces with lunch. We know you’ll never get written a ticket (see #5), it infuriates us, and it makes us trust you less, and cooperate less.

    Now this is the part where I say “I know that police officers have a tough job,” but they don’t. Being a cop isn’t hard, it’s dangerous. There’s a difference. Being an engineer, teacher or airline pilot is hard. Being a logger, deep sea crab fisher, coal miner or firefighter is hard and dangerous. Being a cop is dangerous, but usually not hard. Driving around, issuing imbecillic tickets and filling out paperwork isn’t hard, it’s annoying.

    This is also the part where I say “now I know that most cops are good,” but I don’t. I only know two cops in real life, and they’re both awesome, but so is anyone I choose to call my friend. Most cops I see abuse their power every day by parking illegally, talking on their cellphones while driving, drifting in and out of lanes without turn signals, flashing their lights to get out of intersections and power tripping like crazy. If you’re a cop who’s reading this, rather than being butt-hurt by people’s perceptions of you, do something to change it. Write a fellow officer a ticket. Stick your neck out for us, rather than your colleague for a change. Do the right thing. We notice. And as for us: record cops. Record them all the time. Record them even if they’re not doing anything. Cops are cracking down on this and they’re trying to change the laws to make it illegal so they can’t be held accountable for breaking the law. They look up your plates every time they’re behind you at a stop, even if you haven’t done anything, just to check up on you. It’s time we started checking up on them; start watching the watchers!

    • Guest

      Well said when 3 to 5 cops show up for a traffic stop there are too many cops! The other day I pulled into Whole Foods at the same time a sheriff pulled in. After he scrutinized me I took one of the many parking spots and he parked right in front of the door so everyone had to walk around his $100,000 fully loaded sheriffs truck. Nice statement he was making hard to remember they work for us…..sure.

    • Chief Boring

      Back when I was in the business, I knew a lot of good cops; one was best man at my wedding. Something has happened to make them act like these aholes. It’s the current belief by many that government knows all and does good. BS! The government works for us! It’s time we reminded them. Vote out idiots until you get someone who believes in the people, them get them to begin repairing the covenent between the people and their servents. Chief Boring

  • Michael Shreve

    Accountability in ALL government agencies is virtually non-existent.

  • Gerald Bradley

    It will never stop as long as we submit to tyranny

  • WTS/JAY

    STERLING, VA — Police shot a woman to death working inside a Costco store. The woman was “acting strange” while handing out pizza samples to customers.

    Police first tried to correct her attitude with the use of a taser, then shot her because she was “wielding a knife.” During the deadly confrontation, one officer shot another officer in the leg.

    http://www.wusa9.com/video/default.aspx?bctid…See More

  • Gerald Bradley

    I was working as a security officer at a strip mall at night in the rough area of town.I saw some kids from maybe 10-15yrs old three of them and the youngest had a black AR-15 copy airsoft gun.I knew it was a bb gun they passed me on foot to go to the 24hr cornerstore.A PD helicopter roared in and I knew police drama was to unfold.A pd crusier pulled into the wrong side of the street to block the road. He shined the spotlight and drew his pistol pointing at the children,DROP THE GUN.The oldest tried to reason saying it’s a BB gun.Officer repeated DROP THE GUN, DROP THE GUN OR I WILL BLOW YOUR F”ING HEAD OFF.The youngest was holding it so he wanted to kill a child for being black with a bb gun.This was a white officer.The bb gun had bright orange tip.They did as told and the other 15-20 pigs showed up and all pulled out their AR-15’s and shotguns while blocking half the road even after the kids were already handcuffed and the helicopter was overhead looking around the area as if snipers were out to get them.A car went down the street without headlights no doubt because blinded by the lights so two units pulled them over.They act like they are in Iraq and treat us as such because they are criminals and are scared of the justice that will be served once people say F it it is better to die free than to live as a slave.BTW the oldest kid while handcuff was tourtured by yanking his cuffed arms up while hancuffed behind his back to teach him HOW DARE YOU TALK BACK TO US SLAVE!

  • Chief Boring

    I sleep in a recliner because of congestive heart failure. This also causes obesity and fluid retention, all of which interfere with breathing. I’m 75 years old, and if accosted as that young man was, and treated similarly, I’d likely be dead as well. I’m a retired Navy CHief Petty Officer, and have no arrest record. Wish me luck. Chief Boring