Another Michigan Teenager Killed by Police using Tasers

Michigan Teen Killed by Taser

Another teenager in Michigan has died after being struck by a Taser. On April 10, 16-year old Warren teenager Robert Mitchell died after police used a Taser on him.

The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality called the death “a straight-up execution.” The teen’s family are also questioning why the 5 feet 2 special-education teenager was shocked with a Taser and are promising to file a lawsuit.

According to the Detroit Free Press:

Warren police say the teen bolted from a car being stopped for an expired plate, ran into an abandoned house and fought with officers inside. He quit breathing after one of the three pursuing officers used the Taser, police said.

Police have said that the teen was “was violently resisting arrest” but would not intially release any additional information. A later news report said:

“He came down the stairs. He assaulted the officers. There was a struggle that took place,” Green said. “One of the officers Tasered him to get compliance. After that they noticed he was non-responsive. Officers started CPR until the Warren Fire Department arrived.”

The officers involved were temporarily placed on administrative review but have since been reinstated. Police have said “Everything we did was within policies and guidelines. All of our actions were appropriate”

Last month, a 15-year old Bay City teenager was killed by police using Tasers.

The international human rights group Amnesty International has called for limits on the use of Tasers following the deaths of 334 people in the United States between 2001 and August 2008.


Author: mediamouse

Grand Rapids independent media //

1 thought on “Another Michigan Teenager Killed by Police using Tasers”

  1. My heart goes out to Robert Mitchell family. I live in Warren and my 17 year old son mentally ill son has been taser twice by the Warren police. I filed a civil rights complaint based on the fact they knew of his disability but the Michigan civil rights said that his rights were not violated but added that in his mug shot his face was so bloody he looked like he was in a war zone and advised me to seek a lawyer who specialize in police brutality. He served 10 months in an adult jail for resisting arrest. He had been hospitalized four times in the last year, he is schizophrenia and bi-polar and also a special education student. The mental health hospital just stabilize him and let him go after 5 days. He was unarmed but the Warren police said that they had every right to believe he had a gun and he is lucky to be alive. After Robert Mitchell case; I agree my son is lucky to be alive and lucky to be out of Warren, Michigan.

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