Dallas wrongful death lawyer bulletin: Texas Medical Examiner rules death of Taser victim a homicide

2009-08-31 18:35:56 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - Dallas News Law News)

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Tarrant County ME rules Taser death a homicide

Dallas, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — On April 18, 2009, Michael Patrick Jacobs, Jr., a mentally challenged 24-year old man, was fatally wounded after being shocked twice with a police-issued Taser X-26 Conducted Energy Device (CED) by a Fort Worth Police Department officer in his home.

Bringing the victim’s case to justice, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide via an official press release on Thursday, August 27, 2009. According to the statement, the Fort Worth police officer tasered the young man with a 49 second shock which lead to his loss of life. According to the Public Information Officer’s report, “The first CED deployment was prolonged lasting 49 seconds and the second after an interval of one second, lasted for a duration of 5 seconds.”

The report also indicated that the mentally challenged victim was also shocked in the neck and mid-chest over the heart with two tethered shocking probes. The medical examiner did not find any drugs or alcohol in the victim’s system nor did Jacobs have health problems.

The family of the victim dialed 911 prior the incident because Michael was causing a disturbance. The family would call for assistance when he would have episodes and they would calm him down. However, the police began struggling with the victim and attempted to control the situation with the use of excessive force. The family said they began to plead with the officers to stop hurting the confused man and screamed, “You’re going to kill him. Please stop!” In the end, Jacobs was Tased excessively, rendered unconscious, and ended up in handcuffs, face down on the floor, possibly obstructing his airways.

Jacobs was pronounced dead at 12:00 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Dallas taser death lawyer, wrongful death attorney Brian A. Eberstein with the Texas personal injury law firm of Eberstein & Witherite said, “This long overdue autopsy findings plus the report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms what we believe happened to this young man all along. Michael Jacobs and his conduct did nothing to warrant the reckless assault and battery of him by Fort Worth Police Department officers which caused his tragic death.”

Contacting a Texas personal injury lawyer experienced in litigating wrongful death cases involving a taser death may help you and your family recover. Call the wrongful death law firm of Eberstein & Witherite at (888) 407-6669 or visit http://www.dallastexaspersonalinjurylawyers.com/Texas-Taser-lawyer.html to fill out a free case evaluator.

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