Police investigate jail Taser death

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who officers shocked with a Taser in jail after a shoplifting arrest, a newspaper reported Tuesday.


The Statesville Record & Landmark reported that Anthony Dewayne Davidson, 29, of Statesville, died Sunday night after being taken off life support. Assistant Police Chief Tom Anderson said Davidson was arrested Saturday after a grocery store reported a shoplifting.

Anderson said at least one police officer and possibly a jailer used a Taser on Davidson during an altercation in a hallway near the magistrate’s office. A jail nurse recommended he be taken to a hospital and he later died.

Davidson’s family is questioning the man’s treatment. They say they have photos showing bruising on his face and lacerations on his head and hands.

Police are investigating the events surrounding Davidson’s death, Anderson said. The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a separate review, as is the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

Davidson was arrested without incident, but exhibited odd behavior during the trip to the Iredell County Detention Center, Anderson said. After he saw a magistrate and was given a $500 bond, Davidson became uncooperative and aggressive, he said.

Anderson said officers believed Davidson was under the influence of an impairing substance.

A county sheriff’s deputy was injured in the scuffle, said Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond, adding that Davidson tried to run.

Davidson’s uncle, Jerry Moore, said his nephew was bruised on his face and had a knot over his right eye and questioned why a Taser was needed because his nephew was handcuffed. Moore showed the newspaper pictures he took of Davidson after he was pronounced dead.

“We just want the truth and it’s not being told,” Moore said. “One fall from a Taser doesn’t put that on your face.”

Anderson said an autopsy will be conducted this week.

He added that he was surprised by the death, which was the first one of someone shocked with a Taser since the city began using the devices in 2004.

“I hate it,” Anderson said. “It’s unfortunate.”

source: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/564/story/536347.html

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