Taser guns are supposed to be a less deadly alternative to subduing out-of-control suspect, yet a surprising number of people have died in Florida after being stunned. Just today a man at a movie theater in the CityWalk section of Universal died after police used a Taser on him. The incident occurred after police observed Adam Spencer Johnson, 33, of nearby Winter Haven, Florida, acting erratically.
A police spokeswoman tells The Orlando Sentinel that Joseph was "grabbing his beard, grabbing his head...he was being disorderly." It's unclear if Joseph proved a danger to those around him.
Four off-duty officers witnessed the incident and called another on-duty officer to assist in arrest Joseph. However Joseph began resisting violently. One of the officers used a stun gun on Joseph, and the other handcuffed him. Only once he was cuffed, laying facedown on the concrete floor did the officers realize that Joseph had become unresponsive.
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He was taken to Dr. Phillips Hospital and pronounced dead.
Last July, New Times ran a story on the phenomenon of "excited delirium." The syndrome, which causes sufferers to act erratically, is most often seen in those who either have a history of serious mental health issues or who have used drugs like cocaine.
Some believe that sufferers of excited delirium are particularly prone to heart attacks when being Tasered.