The police say that the use of the tasers was appropriate given Petruney resistance. Petruney appeared to be having a seizure when the officer encountered him. He appeared disoriented and attempted to walk into traffic. When he refused to sit down and struggled with officers, one shot him in legs with two Taser wires. A second officer then applied a taser directly to his torso.
He was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital’s critical care unit at 6:58 a.m. Saturday.
Petruney had a criminal background including threats against a 15-year-old boy with pepper spray and also spent time for hitting a 15-year-old girl.
Once again, the force may have been justified. However, we have been seeing a steady stream of fatalities associated with the growing use of tasers.
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