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article imageMark Backlund Dead Because Of Taser

By KJ Mullins     Jan 17, 2008 in Crime
Mark Backlund is yet another person to have died after being stunned with a Taser by the police. The 29-year-old Minnesota man is said to have been uncooperative after being involved in a car wreck.
Backlund's death has placed five state troopers on administrative leave. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is in charge of the investigation. The police are not commenting about what type of behaviour Backlund was demonstrating when he was zapped by the Taser.
“This is a traumatic event for a lot of people,” superintendent Tim O'Malley said. “Someone has died and we need to make sure that we're accurate and thorough.”
Backlund was involved in a single car crash during the evening rush hour.
Gordon Backlund was told that his son's heart stopped. He stated that his son had no prior heart conditions.
New Brighton police officers began carrying Tasers eighteen months.
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