San Bernardino Man Dies After Police Tase Him
A San Bernardino man died at his home after police tased him yesterday.
The mother of Jonathan White, 29, called police yesterday, because she needed help calming her son down. Although she had always been able to manage his schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, yesterday she called police because she could not stop her son from yelling, throwing things and ripping his clothes off, according to KTLA.
When police arrived, they too had trouble subduing him. White didn't attack officers but he was resisting them. They pepper-sprayed him and twice tased him, police said.
"It's possible that (the Taser) didn't complete a circuit," said San Bernardino police Lt. Gwen Waters.
The police said they called in more officers to help them subdue White and also paramedics because White was resisting so violently. When the officers finally subdued him, the paramedics began evaluating him. He stopped breathing midway through his evaluation and he was rushed to the hospital where he died just an hour after his mother had called police.
The coroner's office will be conducting an autopsy on White this week to find out what killed him and whether to charge the officers involved. White's mother Janice has hired a lawyer.