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article imageWheelchair-Bound Woman Dies After Being Shocked With Taser 10 Times

By RobotGod     Sep 19, 2007 in Crime
And the taser madness continues everywhere as the authorities have fun with their new toys. This time the woman died after being shocked 10 times with Taser guns during a confrontation with police.
Yahoo reports that the family of 56-year-old Emily Delafield said it would take the Green Cove Springs Police Department to court.
In April 2006, officers said they were called to a disturbance at a home in the 400 block of Harrison Street around 5 p.m.
911 received a call and Delafield can be heard telling a dispatcher that she thought she was in danger:
Dispatcher: And what's the problem?
Delafield: My sister is waiting on my property.
Dispatcher: Your what?
Delafield: My sister (inaudible) is on my property trying to harm me.
According to the Officers, they arrived to find Delafield in a wheelchair, armed with two knives and a hammer. They said the woman was swinging the weapons at family members and police.
One hour after her call to 911, Delafield, who is a wheelchair-bound woman documented to have mental illness, was dead.
The family attorney said Delafield's death could have been prevented and he thinks there are four things that jump out at him about the case.
"One, she's in a wheelchair. Two, she's schizophrenic. Three, they're using a Taser on a person that's in a wheelchair, and then four is that they tasered her 10 times for a period of like two minutes," Alexander said.
The police report shows that one of the officers used her Taser gun nine times for a total of 160 seconds and the other officer discharged his once for a total of no more than five seconds.
A medical examiner found that she died from hypertensive heart disease and cited the Taser gun shock as a contributing factor. In fact, on her death certificate, the medical examiner called Delafield's death a homicide.
"I think that this evidence is going to show, along with some of the evidence we've collected outside of here, that there is no reason Emily Delafield should have died that day," Alexander said.
Kids should not play with guns, and police should not play with electric toys. The problem with the epidemic of "taser abuse" seems to be that they feel a certain safety in using the weapons. After all, normally it can be used to incapacitate and usually it is non-lethal. So they go overboard, much like eating too many potato chips etc.
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