Recently released body-cam footage reveals the events that led to the death of Chase Sherman, a 32-year-old man who died in police custody in Coweta County, Georgia after being tasered 15 times by two Sheriff’s deputies.
Police responded to a 911 call placed by Sherman’s family while they were on their way home to Destin, Florida. Sherman had smoked a synthetic marijuana called “Spice” days earlier, which threw him into a psychotic episode in the back of his family’s rental car.
In the video below, you can see two policemen apprehend and handcuff the man, who seems slightly agitated. If the man so much as squirms, both officers are quickly on top of him, screaming and tasering him simultaneously with both electrode darts and in Drive Stun mode.
Sherman’s family members, who saw most of what happened from inside the car, were asked to step away from the scene as the officers continued to subdue Sherman, continuously tasering him. Sherman ends up on all fours on the floor of the car, in between the front and back seats. After a few minutes pass, the officers noticed that he stopped moving and begin asking him questions, to which is he non-responsive. One of the officer’s attempts to feel for a pulse and states to another officer that he can’t feel anything.
The officers drag Sherman out of the car and lay him on his back, having called 911, hoping to resuscitate him. Their efforts fail.
Sherman was tasered to death on November 20, 2015 while his family watched.
Officers are seen smiling and high-fiving once Sherman’s body is loaded into an ambulance.
Joe Messa, Tom Sweeney, and Ray Arreola of Messa & Associates, P.C. are currently representing Gwendolyn Smalls, sister of Linwood Lambert, Jr., who died in police custody in South Boston, Virginia after being tasered multiple times by officers who had already handcuffed and apprehended him. A recent decision by the Virginia Commonwealth’s attorney NOT to press charges on the offending officers has added more fuel to the #BlackLivesMatter movement and caused many in Virgina to speak out against police brutality.
Linwood Lambert, Jr. and Chase Sherman were victims of the negligent use of tasers by law enforcement. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for tasers to be used irresponsibly or without proper training, and as can be seen in these instances, it cost lives.
If you or a loved one have been treated wrongly by law enforcement, or apprehended with unnecessary or even deadly force, contact the personal injury attorneys at Messa & Associates. Call for a free consultation at 1-877-MessaLaw. You may also obtain a free case evaluation by submitting a free online inquiry.
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Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More