A video (below) recorded by the California Highway Patrol captured a woman going into cardiac arrest following the use of a taser weapon by law enforcement.
On June 4, CHP officers stopped to check on Angela Jones, 50, after finding her sitting in a parked vehicle on the shoulder of the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The officers asked Jones how much she had drink and which drugs she had been using, which she denied.
The officers then gave her a field sobriety test and asked Jones if they could look through her purse, which she refused: “I just don’t feel like I want you to take my purse from me."
Jones ran back into her car and was tased three times inside her car, at point blank range, by a CHP officer.
The immobile Jones screamed in agony as the officer yelled: “Do not move! Do not move! Stop moving!”
Jones, who went into cardiac arrest, was told by the officers: "Ma'am, ma'am, try and wake up."
Finally, five officers pulled the unconscious Jones out of the car and placed her on the sidewalk. One officer began performing CPR and Jones was revived.
Heart surgeon Dr. Kathy Magliato told CBS Los Angeles: "It’s really critically important that law officers understand that this Taser is a weapon and it can kill people."
However, Taser International states on their website: “There is no reliable published data that proves TASER ECDs negatively affect the heart.”
Jones’ attorney Maria Cavalluzzi told CBS Los Angeles that Jones has memory lapses and cognitive problems as a result of the tasing.
Cavalluzzi added that toxicology reports showed there were no illegal drugs or alcohol in Jones’ system when she was arrested.
Jones is facing criminal misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest and an infraction for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
The CHP issued a written statement which said, in part: “The use of the taser in this incident appears to be within CHP policy. Appropriate charges were filed against Miss Jones. To avoid interfering with the successful prosecution of this case, we have no further comment at this time.”