Prosecutors in Bay City have decided not to charge police in the killing of a 15-year old boy with a Taser.
According to a report in the Bay City Times, none of the police officers involved in the incident will be charged. Prosectutor Kurt C. Asbury said that Elder “was highly agitated and combative, tried to start fights with numerous people, as well as the police officers called to the residence to deal with his ‘uncontrollable behavior,’ all of which contributed to his untimely death.” He went on to say that:
“the unfortunate reality of the situation was that the under-aged Brett Elder was very intoxicated… and without any meaningful adult supervision or guidance, placed himself in a situation which resulted in his death.”
The prosecutor said that the police will not be charged because there was no evidence that officers committed a criminal act. Instead, the prosecutor has repeatedly cited how intoxicated Elder was and his “combative” behavior.
An autopsy in the case had previously determined that the teenager died due to a combination of alcohol and shock from the Taser.