Police accused of tasering South Florida man suffering from convulsions
VIDEO - Marie Ginette Mondesir says she called 911 for help in her son's medical emergency, but police ended up abusing him. Ginette Mondesir, her son Ricardo Pierre and their attorney, David Kubiliun, explained what happened...
A Hollywood mother says she called 911 for help in her son’s medical emergency, but police ended up abusing him.
Police twice used a Taser on Ricardo Pierre – but said they had no choice.
Pierre, 33, said he has no history of seizures or heart trouble, but he started having convulsions in bed and bleeding from the mouth on Friday. That prompted his mother to call 911.
“I say, Ricardo, what’s wrong?” Marie Ginette Mondesir recalled. “Jesus, Jesus, please, please – Martin, call 911. Give me the phone.”
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Ginette Mondesir said she told the dispatcher that her son had a heart attack and asked them to come help.
Paramedics transported Pierre after he was restrained, Hollywood Police reports show.
One officer wrote in his report that when he arrived “Pierre was bracing, tensing, kicking his feet and attempting to bite officers. I yelled at Pierre to stop fighting or he would be tased.”
When Pierre did not stop resisting after two warnings, the officer said he used his Taser on the middle of his back.
A second officer wrote in a report that Pierre “continually grunted, tensed, and would not respond when called by name.” He acted aggressively and was “screaming incoherently,” the officer added.
Both officers said that when Pierre got to the hospital he became a different person – calming down and asking what had happened.
Pierre and his family say what police did went way over the line.
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