(California) A video taken by the California Highway Patrol may be the first time a camera has captured all of the events leading up to a cardiac arrest following the use of a *TASER® electronic control device.
On June 4, CHP officers stopped to check on the welfare of 50-year-old Angela Jones after finding her sitting in a parked vehicle on Haskell Avenue, near the Ventura Freeway. Officers questioned Jones for 15 minutes, suspecting she might be under the influence, and then asked to look through her purse. She held her purse tightly to her chest and ran back to her vehicle. A CHP officer hit the trigger on his TASER® X-26 TM three times, sending three separate jolts into Jones’ chest, according to the arrest report. The officers pulled the driver out of the car, placed her on the sidewalk and realized she wasn’t breathing.
The video camera recorded the episode for 40 minutes. It’s likely the most complete record of the events leading up to a cardiac arrest following the use of a TASER® electronic control device. However, it wasn’t the first time a similar incident was captured on video.
In March 2008, store security cameras in Charlotte, North Carolina captured 17-year-old Darryl Turner as police deployed a TASER® model X-26 and electrocuted him following an argument with a store manager. Lawyers and doctors have argued for years about the potential dangers of tasers.