Were You Injured As a Result of Being Tasered?
High voltage stunning devices, like Tasers, have recently come under attack from critics who say that, not only do they cause personal injury, but in susceptible suspects, they can also cause cardiac arrhythmia. Even in the healthiest individuals, the use of a Taser by a police officer can cause a heart attack to occur within moments. Death occurs by ventricular fibrillation. If ventricular fibrillation is not treated immediately, cardiac arrest can occur.
In 2014, a medical school graduate died after being involved in a Taser incident, leading his death to be investigated by Connecticut state police. 31 year old Lashono Gilbert died several hours after being arrested as a suspect in a carjacking case. In an 8 hour span, police officers used a Taser on Gilbert twice. The first time, he was Tasered for resisting arrest. He was Tasered again several hours later for allegedly attacking police officers at the police station.
On October 31st, 2014, Gilbert was initially arrested on charges of carjacking sometime after 7:00 pm. He was accused of jumping through the window of a woman’s vehicle while she was driving. The victim described Gilbert as making stabbing motions and speaking in a bizarre, off putting manner. To get him off of her, she floored the gas, and then called 911.
Gilbert told police officers he was hearing voices. He was screaming and acting in an aggressive manner while resisting arrest. These actions caused police officers to use a Taser on him for the purpose of subduing him. An ambulance then took Gilbert to the local hospital, and on Sunday morning, around 3:00 am, he was transported to the local police precinct.
At the Police Station
After arriving at the police station, Gilbert was placed in a holding cell. He promptly took his pants off and began to twist them, as though he were fashioning a rope. Police officers at the station opened his cell door to take his pants away because they were afraid he might hurt himself. Rushing the cell door, Gilbert reached the booking area of the police station. There, he began to throw various objects at officers before engaging in a struggle with them. The struggle ended after he was Tasered a second time by an unnamed officer.
An ambulance en route to the hospital picked Gilbert up. There, he was pronounced dead. The investigation into the case is still ongoing.
Have You Been Tasered?
Unfortunately, Taser guns have become all too common and are now regularly used by police officers in New Hampshire and across the country in large numbers. Police officers have developed a reputation for using them indiscriminately without regard for the safety of others and without warrant.
Many modern Taser devices now feature an option for adding additional video on the device, but few police departments have elected to use this option. Is this due to the fact that police officers are too frequently using Taser devices without justifiable cause?
If you have been involved in a Taser incident in the state of New Hampshire, you should speak to an experienced NH persona injury attorney to discuss the facts surrounding your case. Anyone who is unsure of their situation does not have anything to lose by consulting with an NH injury lawyer. Contact our law firm today.