A 21-year-old Florida man died at the Polk County Jail on Sunday night after scuffling with detention deputies and being shocked with an electronic riot shield, reports the Lakeland Ledger. James Lee Griffin, who told jail officials he suffered from bipolar disorder, had been put in an isolation cell after threatening other inmates. Sunday night, he kicked the cell’s window until it shattered. He died after seven detention deputies wrestled him to the floor, shocked him, and handcuffed and shackled him.
The cause of death will not be determined until toxicology reports are completed next week. The shield, which emits an electric shock of about 40,000 volts, has been in use for at least 10 years at the jail and will remain in use. The shield is manufactured by Nova Technologies. A company official says it produces three to six milliamperes, and it would take at least 100 milliamperes to affect a healthy human heart.