Officer”™s Use Of Stun Gun Kills Man
Posted by Helya Askari on May 1, 2013 - 1:42:47 PM
ANGELES—The Los Angeles Police Department
issued a press release on Tuesday, April 30 in which they stated that the Force
Investigation Division would examine the “use of force” in an incident
involving the death of 50-year-old Mark Courtier.
Chief Of Police. Charlie Beck. Photo Courtesy of LAPD.
Courtier was arrested after police
responded to a traffic accident at the 400 block of North Vermont Avenue on
April 4 at around 7:50 p.m. After which Courtier, who was seemingly intoxicated
at the time, attempted to run away from the scene. In an effort to stop and
detain Courtier one of the officers used a stun gun in “Direct Stun Mode.”
Officers called Paramedics and the Los
Angeles Fire Department for assistance after Courtier suffered a laceration to
the face in the process of being taken down and handcuffed. Once the paramedics arrived on to the scene,
they found Courtier non-responsive to treatment and transported him to a nearby
hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
The Chief of Police, Officer of the
Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners will conduct an
investigation to ensure that the officer’s actions were objectively reasonable.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division
will also investigate the facts involved in the matter.
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