Channel News Asia
December 20, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO: A 26-year-old man died on Friday after police used a Taser stun gun to bring him under control, a local sheriff’s office in California said.
The incident occurred in San Jose, 70 kilometres southwest of San Francisco, at a hospital where police were called to break up a fight.
In trying to subdue an alleged troublemaker described as “a 26-year-old Hispanic male resident of San Jose,” police fired a Taser gun at him leaving him unconscious, the Santa Clara sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The injured man was taken to a hospital emergency ward but died a few minutes later, the sheriff’s department said.
“The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the primary investigation and it is being monitored by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office,” it added.
Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a recent report that 334 people died in the United States between 2001 and August 2008 after being zapped with Tasers, with medical examiners and coroners concluding that Taser shocks caused, or contributed to, at least 50 of the deaths.