These cops ain’t isht…
Atlanta Police Allegedly Used Taser 14 Times To Kill Handcuffed Suspect
Two former East Point police officers might have discharged their Tasers more than twice as many times as they reported in the death of a 24-year-old man in April, according to an attorney.
Chris Stewart, who is representing the family of Gregory Lewis Towns Jr., said Tuesday former Cpl. Howard Weems and former Sgt. Marcus Eberhart discharged their departmental Tasers at least 14 times, not the six that were documented in the required police reports they filed on Towns’ April 11 death.
While the medical examiners haves said Towns’ death was a homicide, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is still waiting on evidence before decided if he will present the matter to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.
Stewart, who plans to file a lawsuit this week on behalf of Towns’ family, including his 7-month-old son, said what he has learned in recent days is “beyond belief” and “horrendous.”
According to a report produced by each Taser used on Towns, Weems pulled the trigger on his device four times for a total of 27 seconds and Eberhart activated his Taser at least 10 times for a total of 47 seconds.
“They used their Tasers as a cattle prod on Mr. Towns while handcuffed,” Stewart said.
As required by state law, Towns’ family has notified the city of East Point of their intent to sue.
“Mr. Towns’ killing is not about race,” Stewart said, noting that Towns and both officers were black. “It’s about police brutality … going to the extreme.”
These police departments gotta find a better way to vet potential officers. If this kind of abuse of power continues, the “riots” Ferguson, Missouri will look like Disneyland compared to what will pop off next.
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