Two police officers in Oklahoma have been charged with second-degree murder after they allegedly used Tasers on a man more than 50 times before he died. Joshua Taylor, 25, and Brandon Dingman, 34, of the Wilson Police Department were charged in connection with the death of Jared Lakey, 28, as part of an incident that took place on July 4 last year. Lakey was hospitalized and died two days later. The use of the Tasers was a “substantial factor” in Lakey’s death, according to court documents. If convicted the two men could face sentences of 10 years to life in prison. Taylor and Dingman came into contact with Lakey on July 4 last year while responding to a call that he was acting in a disorderly manner. When he didn’t comply with their commands, Taylor and Dingman reportedly fired their taser repeatedly over nine minutes. According to the data logs in the court filings, Taylor fired his taser 30 times while Dingman fired his taser 23 times . That means Lakey was tased for almost four straight minutes in the nine-minute span. Spencer Bryan, a lawyer for Lakey’s parents, said that the officers had claimed at first they only used Tasers four times.

via slate: Oklahoma Officers Charged With Murder After Allegedly Firing Taser More Than 50 Times

siehe auch: 2 Officers Face Murder Charges After Using Taser on Man More Than 50 Times, Officials Say. Court records said that the “dangerous and unnecessary tasing” by two officers in Wilson, Okla., was a “substantial factor” in the death of Jared Lakey, 28, a year ago. (…) On July 4, 2019, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Dingman were responding to a call that involved Mr. Lakey’s “acting in a disorderly way,” according to the State Bureau of Investigation. When Mr. Lakey would not comply with the officers’ commands, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Dingman used their Tasers a combined total of more than 50 times, “which greatly exceeded what would have been necessary or warranted by the attendant circumstances,” court records said. A Carter County deputy sheriff eventually responded to the scene and was able to help take Mr. Lakey into custody, according to the bureau. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Lakey stopped breathing and became unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital in Healdton, Okla., and then to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he died on July 6, 2019. Court records said that “such dangerous and unnecessary tasing” was a “substantial factor” in bringing about Mr. Lakey’s death.

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