Nude Louisville Man Dies After Police Taser Jolt


Critics have called on Louisville police to stop using Tasers until it is determined whether a jolt from the weapon caused the death of a 52-year-old ex-Marine, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Beth Wilson of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky said the Louisville Police Department should review its policy on Tasers, which she said sometimes are used “to force compliance in nondangerous and non-life-threatening situations. Tasers should only be used in cases where there is an immediate threat to human life.”

Larry Noles was pronounced dead minutes after officers responding to reports of an irate and combative man used a Taser to subdue him. Police said Noles was standing nude in the middle of a road was agitated and combative with two police officers who had confronted him. Chief Robert White said Noles was “attempting to strike” the officers, one of whom eventually used his Taser up to three times to subdue him. “The man had no clothes on,” said the Rev. Louis Coleman of the Justice Resource Center, who also has asked police and Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson’s office to investigate the incident and Taser safety. “Where is the threat?”


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