Louisville Chief Says Officers Acted Correctly In Taser Death


Family members of a Louisville man who died after being hit by a Taser were disappointed with Police Chief Robert White’s ruling that officers used appropriate force, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. Larry Noles, 52, died Sept. 5 after an officer used his Taser to subdue Noles while Noles was standing naked in the middle a road. Police say Noles was agitated and combative.

Autopsy results released in November found said the Noles died of “excited delirium” and not the Taser. White said the department continues to review its Taser policy. Beth Wilson of the American Civil Liberties Union said White’s decision does not lessen the group’s concerns about the use of Tasers. “Tasers are a fairly new device,” she said. “There’s growing evidence that they cause greater risk for injury and harm than originally expected.”

Link: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070222/NEWS01/702220421

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