After months of investigation and review of video from the incident, the district attorney said Monday that the deputies who used a Taser on Chase Sherman 15 times will not face criminal charges.
“The death of Chase Sherman, while tragic in nature, is not a criminal matter and, therefore, will not be prosecuted further under state law,” DA Peter Skandalakis said in an emailed statement.
Sherman’s family was “profoundly disappointed” with the DA’s decision and planned to file a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against all responsible parties, attorney Chris Stewart said Monday afternoon. The Sherman family will also seek a federal investigation.
“There was nothing accidental about the behavior of the officers and EMT that night,” the Sherman family said in an emailed statement. “It is apparent that the District Attorney decided to ignore video of the incident and the facts. Instead, he opted to smear a dead man’s name and avoid doing his job representing the community.”