Did you see this story in the El Paso Times this past weekend?
On June 23, 2015, Maria Ramirez called 911 to report that her son, Daniel Antonio Ramirez, who was 30 years old and had a history of mental health issues, was threatening to hang himself, the lawsuit states.
[El Paso Police Officer Officer Ruben Escajeda, Jr.] was the first officer to respond to the scene and saw Daniel Ramirez trying to hang himself from a basketball net, according to lawsuit.
“After entering the backyard, Escajeda saw that Daniel was grabbing the rope around his neck and touching the ground with this tiptoes — trying to save his own life. Both of his hands were around the rope,” the lawsuit states.
“Despite clear signs that Daniel was alive and in the throes of hanging himself, Escajeda deployed a taser on him. The taser connected with Daniel’s chest and abdomen causing Daniel’s body to immediately go limp,” it states.
If the particulars of the story are true, it’s shocking, no pun intended.
The guy’s trying (or not) to hang himself, so the cop tases him?
I guess if all you’ve got is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.