Police Tase Asthmatic Jarmaine Darden, Family Watches Him Die (Video)

A special "Zero Tolerance Team" of Fort Worth, Texas police tased Jarmaine Darden, who died moments later in front of his family (video below).

Darden weighed 350 pounds and was a chronic asthmatic, which family members claim the police ignored during a search for cocaine on May 16.

“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,” Darden's mother Donna Randle told CBS Dallas-FortWorth.

“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.’”

According to the police report, Darden resisted arrest.

Darden’s brother Eric said that police warned the chronically ill man that if he didn't get on his stomach, they would tase him.

After police tased Darden, he had trouble breathing and died, according to his family.

However, police claim Darden was still responsive after being tased, which Randle denies.

"When they brought him through this door they were doing CPR compressions going to the ambulance," Randle told WFAA-TV.

The police report states that five arrests were made, but there isn’t any mention of cocaine.

“I’m not even accepting the fact that he’s gone. I’m waiting for him to drive up any minute. Its just not believable,” said Randle.

The cause of death has not yet been officially determined.

Source: CBS Dallas-FortWorth and WFAA-TV


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