Two former police officers in the Atlanta suburb of East Point violated policy when they used their Tasers more than a dozen times to shock a handcuffed 24-year-old man, who died in a creek, according to a lawsuit filed by his survivors. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Gregory Lewis Towns Jr. was not resisting during the encounter with police on April 11, according to both police reports and the lawsuit. Towns, who weighed 281 pounds, was sitting on the ground catching his breath after he had been chased by officers for nearly a mile.
He asked officers if he could rest before going with them. According to the suit and logs from the Tasers, Towns died after the devices were used against him 14 times over the following 29 minutes by Corporal Howard Weems and Sgt. Marcus Eberhart. East Point police Chief Woodrow Blue fired Weems, and Eberhart resigned. Blue also abruptly resigned two weeks ago. Authorities are said to be considering criminal charges. The civil lawsuit does not ask for specific monetary damages.