I can’t believe they actually call them “Zero Tolerance Officers.” But that is how the Dallas CBS News affiliate reports it under the most understated headline ever: “Man Dies After Police Tase Him; Family Puzzled.”
“They physically pulled him off the couch because, like I said, he was asleep. They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach,” said Donna Randle, the mother of victim Jarmaine Darden, 34.
Zero tolerance officers were executing a search warrant at his southeast Fort Worth house on May 16, searching for cocaine, when according to police reports the incident happened. The same report states that Darden resisted arrest.
But family members said the 350 pound father of two was a chronic asthmatic and had to sleep sitting up.
“He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side,’” said Randle.
Darden’s brother said the officer warned his brother that if he didn’t get on his stomach, they were going to to taze him… and then they did. That’s when Darden started having trouble breathing, according to his brother Eric.
Witnesses said Darden was shocked with a taser at least twice; then stopped breathing and died.
Police records show five arrests were made but there isn’t any mention of police finding cocaine.
Family members of the man who has left behind two teenage sons said they can’t believe he’s dead.
I’m sure those two teenage boys are going to grow up to be upstanding citizens who are thankful to live in a free country. Admittedly, the drug evidence suggests that they were being raised in a family that broke the law to some degree. But their father had done nothing that warranted his execution.
Here’s the video from PoliceStateUSA:
This is simply not how the police are supposed to treat people. We have seen this happen before too many times. The presence of some drugs, in this case, does not make it any more justifiable. Of course, the Grand Jury sided with the one cop who was brought before them.