Man calls 911 for help, 'police arrive and beat him to death'

Man calls 911 for help, 'police arrive and beat him to death'
Published: 2016 September 28 22:30:55 (6271 Views)
The family of Tawon Boyd, 21, who died in Baltimore's Franklin Square Hospital after calling the police requesting an ambulance while fighting with his girlfriend, are questioning the way he was treated by authorities claiming it might have led to his death.

While the autopsy is still pending, his attorney claims that brain swelling along with kidney and heart failure all contributed to his death.

All three things can theoretically be attributed to blunt force trauma, which witnesses believe he incurred while the police roughly subdued him.

Tawon Boyd called the police last Wednesday while having an argument with his girlfriend, Deona Styron.

Officers responded to his emergency call, requesting an ambulance, citing that he felt disoriented and needed to go to the hospital, attorney Latoya Francis-Williams said in a statement.

"They really were supposed to be there to get him to the nearest healthcare facility," Francis-Williams wrote.

However, when police found him, he was described in reports as "confused and paranoid."

The report claims that Boyd tried to climb into two police vehicles and then began pounding on his neighbour's doors and demanded that they call the police.



"It was obvious suspect Boyd was under the influence of a narcotic and/or suffering [REDACTED] and needed to be taken to the hospital for emergency evaluation," the report read.

Linda Burch, Boyd's grandmother, lived with Boyd and was home on the night in question. She also reported seeing Boyd, "acting kind of strange, like he was on something," the Baltimore Sun reported. But she also saw the police's use of force on him and believes it was excessive.

"He was just hollering and screaming on the ground, and they just kept pushing him down, pushing him down, on his shoulder and back and stuff, hitting him," Burch said. "He was trying to get them off of him."

Burch attempted to deescalate the situation but to no avail. "I kept telling them stop before they hurt him because I told them they could kill him like that," she said. "They told me to go across the street before they lock me up."

"He is literally attacked. And by attacked, I mean the witness [Styron] is describing that he [was] struck many times and struck to the ground," Francis-Williams said.

Three officers reported injuries from handling Boyd, while the exact details of the injuries have been redacted from the report, it does describe the report's author as having been scratched by Boyd and accidentally kicking another officer while trying to stand.

When Boyd was placed in restraints, he was not subdued and had a drug administered by medics. NBC reported that he was given Haldol which is commonly used to handle psychiatric episodes, often administered by injection in a drug cocktail that is commonly known as "booty juice."

The drug was so effective that Officer Bowman asked the medic to check his pulse according to the report. However, when he arrived at the hospital he was placed in intensive care where he died last Wednesday after three days.

It will take a month for his autopsy results to come back where it will be clearer whether the police's use of force caused his death or if it was a pre-existing condition, use of drugs or drugs administered by the medics. In the meantime, Boyd's family believes that the level of force used on him was unnecessary.



Source - RT

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