Denver Man Dies After Police Taser Him
Albert Romero died in an ambulance on the way to Denver Health Medical Center after being tasered by a Denver police officer. Late at night, Romero was allegedly acting wildly, hitting things and then charged an officer when they attempted to restrain him.
The police then shot Romero with a taser gun, handcuffed him and was then sent to the hospital.
Romero's family, however, is not convinced of the police's story. People close to Romero contend that he was a hard worker and abstained from drugs and alcohol and wonder if the police apprehended him accidentally.
This is not the first time the Denver police have drawn controversy with their use of taser guns. In January of 2006 Denver police were caught on tape tasering a man being held in jail. After the incident the officers falsely reported that the man had first attacked them. The videotape shows no aggression on the inmate's behalf. One officer was also caught on tape telling the Latino man "Understando Taser?" after shooting him with the taser gun.
Amnesty International reported that since June 2001, there have been over 230 TASER-related deaths.