The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is taking all of its Tasers off the streets for as many as 45 days, after a suspect died when he was shocked by an officer’s X26 Taser at a light rail station. Police say Lareko Williams, 21, was beating and choking a woman when confronted by officer Michael Forbes at the station around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Williams was pronounced dead about an hour later.
The death came just a day after a federal jury in Charlotte awarded $10 million to the family of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner, who died in 2008 after a Charlotte officer shocked him with a Taser. In response to the jury’s award against the company that makes Tasers, Charlotte City Attorney Mac McCarley said police officers would continue to use the weapons. “It is still a very effective, nonlethal force to control a situation,” he said, hours before the confrontation at the light rail station.