How Man Died After Being Tased for Resisting Arrest
An article in WPTV News calls into question the use of police force. A man died after being tased by police officers at Universal CityWalk in Orlando early this morning. Because the incident is so recent and is pending investigation, there has not been much talk about the potential use of police brutality.
The article below is from WPTV News:
Authorities say a man died after a scuffle with police officers outside a movie theater at Universal CityWalk in Orlando.
Universal Studios security called Orlando police early Friday when the man started acting irrationally. Police say the man, whom wesh.com identified as 33-year-old Adam Spencer Johnson, resisted violently. An officer used a Taser on the man and he was handcuffed, according to wesh.com.
“The behavior was irrational. The person needed help, and we were there to get them help,” Orlando Police Department Sgt. Barb Jones told wesh.com.
Officials say the man then became unresponsive and officers attempted to revive him. He was taken to Dr. Phillips Hospital, where he died.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident.
Resisting arrest is usually the number one reason law enforcement officers choose to inflict violence or even abuse of power to gain control of the perpetrator. It is a statute commonly talked about as an excuse police officers make to justify their own misconduct.
Resisting arrest is considered a third degree felony in Florida and is punishable by up to five years in prison. The statute prohibits a person from using or threatening any physical violence against an officer performing his or her duties lawfully. However, the law says that even if an officer is making an illegal arrest, if the person uses force against the officer, her or she is guilty of resisting arrest.
If you have been arrested and have also been charged with resisting arrest, you need to consult a criminal defense lawyer. This statute can be extremely complicated as it is commonly used by police officers to justify the means by which they arrested the perpetrator. A criminal defense lawyer can listen to your experience and help you build a strong defense.