Footage Released Of Police Officers Tasing And Beating Restrained Black Man To Death Following Arrest
The family of a 38-year-old black Louisiana man who was beaten and taesed to death by police in 2013 following an arrest for allegedly “disturbing the peace” says they believe recently released video footage of the incident calls for prosecution of the officers who murdered him.
Surveillance video obtained by 9News Investigators shows the final minutes of an inmate’s life inside the West Baton Rouge Detention Center.
The sheriff’s department claims Ervin Edwards, 38, resisted as officers tried to book him. His family disagrees. After reviewing the video, they believe officers at the jail are responsible for his death.
The surveillance video from inside the West Baton Rouge Detention Center on November 26, 2013 shows Edwards being booked for allegedly disturbing the peace at a gas station. Several officers bring him into a jail cell. On the way there the video shows Edwards’ pants around his ankles, his feet and hands are cuffed. He trips and officers drag him into the room.
Minutes later, the officers transport him to another cell. He falls again. Officers drag him inside, face down, still cuffed. Six officers hold him down. One of them pulls out a taser and puts it on his backside. It appears an officer stepped on Edwards’ back, another on his head. A minute goes by, and it appears Edwards is motionless, apparently still being tased. Officers begin to leave, but one remains and continues to hold the taser on Edwards for almost another minute. Paramedics arrived 20 minutes later. Edwards was pronounced dead.
West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes declined a television interview on Friday saying he could not comment on a pending legal matter. But in an interview with 9News on December 3, 2014 he said Edwards repeatedly fought with officers as they tried to book him.
“They gave him a three count demand saying ‘Okay if you don’t cooperate, you will be tased. All three times, ultimately, he used some profanity back toward the policeman and said ‘do what you have to do,” Cazes said.
The video footage of Edwards last moments is below.
So using profanity and saying “do what you have to do”…all while restrained and UNABLE to attack, translates to justification for murder?? What are your thoughts on this case, Bossip fam?