Once again, a person is dead for nothing more than a behavior problem. Cops with Tasers are judge, jury and executioner:
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA – October 7, 2010 (WPVI) — A teen is dead after police used a Taser on him in Northeast Philadelphia.
Police responded to the 6900 block Souder Street at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday for reports of a disturbance involving an 18-year-old who relatives say is mentally challenged.
“He’s severely retarded. He was having a tantrum and my grandmother couldn’t handle him, so she called the police,” the teen’s cousin Michelle Rynkiewicz said.
Rynkiewicz says the teen, identified by relatives as Patrick Johnson, would not let go of a stick he was holding.
Police say the teen lunged at them and officers then used a Taser on him.
Johnson was transported to Nazareth Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.
“I think Tasing him was excessive, I think it was uncalled for; I think, maybe, they should have used mace or tried to tackle him onto the ground,” Rynkiewicz said.
Rynkiewicz says Johnson had the mind of a 7 or 5-year-old.
Police say they have been at the location a number of times before because of similar disturbances with the 18-year-old.