“I’m Dead, I’m Dead,” Handcuffed and Repeatedly Tased Man Says Just Before Dying
FlaglerLive | May 20, 2016
“OK, I’m dead, I’m dead,” Chase Sherman cried out, moments before he died. “I quit, I quit.” He was in handcuffs, in the back seat of his car. He’d been Tased 15 times by Coweta County, Ga. sheriff’s deputies, according to his lawyer, though he was unarmed, and his parents had called 911 to come help, because he’d been hallucinating in their ride back to Florida.
The family had been at Sherman’s brother’s wedding in the Dominican Republic, which he attended with his fiancee. The couple and his parents were driving home to Destin on Interstate 85 in November, apparently after flying into Atlanta, when Sherman, 32, started hallucinating: he’d taken synthetic marijuana days earlier. He “bit his girlfriend and tried to jump out of the back seat of the car,” according to The Times, prompting the 911 call.
A deputy’s body camera catches the resulting encounter, in which Sherman was struggling with one deputy, then with another, to get out of the car. A deputy points a Taser at him to attempt to subdue him. Sherman grabs for the Taser. He is then Tased numerous times as deputies attempted to restrain him, screaming again and again–as cops do when an individual does not immediately comply with their commands–to “stop resisting.”
“For four minutes and 10 seconds after he said ‘I quit,’ they still tased him and kept him on the ground,” his family’s lawyer told The Times. “That’s torture, and they killed him.” The full account in The Times, which obtained the body camera video, is here.
“The video, a copy of which was obtained in recent days by The New York Times,” the paper reports, “is similar to ones that recorded fatal incidents involving law enforcement officers in Chicago; North Charleston, S.C.; and Staten Island. Each one depicts in stark terms a response from officers that resulted in a death. In this instance, there are no racial overtones — both the Sherman parents and the deputy sheriffs are white.”
The video, which includes violent scenes and graphic language, is below.