A Georgia man is dead after police shocked him with a taser 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk after a foot chase. Two East Point police officers discharged their tasers a total of thirteen times to make handcuffed Gregory Townes get up and walk.
At a Tuesday press conference, attorney Chris Stewart said that the use of tasers to prod a suspect is against police procedure. “This is a direct violation of their own rules,” he told WSB-TV. “You cannot use a Taser to escort or prod a subject.”
Townes died in April after he was repeatedly “drive-stunned” with tasers by the officers. “He wasn’t cursing. He wasn’t being abusive. He was saying, ‘I’m tired,’” Stewart said. Taser logs confirm that Sgt. Marcus Eberhart discharged his taser 10 times, and Officer Howard Weems 3 times for a total for 47 seconds shock time.
While the logs do not confirm how many times contact was made, Stewart says that officer accounts vary–but neither officer estimates anywhere close to thirteen. “This situation is indefensible,” Stewart said.
Stewart’s death was ruled a homicide because the Taser shocks — along with heart disease and strain from physical activity — contributed to his death.
Eberhart resigned in lieu of termination, and Weems was terminated. Weems is appealing his termination, insisting that his actions did not contribute to Townes’ death.
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