Newly released body cam footage has revealed a shocking incident where a Kansas sheriff’s deputy tased and handcuffed a 91-year-old man with Alzheimer’s after he refused to go see a doctor.
The unidentified victim was the resident of a nursing home in Minneapolis. On March 30, deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office were called to the home to deal with a tenant that was being violent close to the date of his regular checkup.
According to initial reports, the victim was being combative with officers, forcing one of the deputies to use his taser, but body cam footage released on Thursday disproves those claims.
The victim can be seen in the video fighting off the deputy’s attempt to help him out of his chair. Shortly after, he gets up and tries to run away.
“Wow, okay, come here, it’s okay, relax,” one deputy can be heard saying as the man runs off.
Moments later, a second deputy shouts, “Taser,” and proceeds to shoot the elderly man. As the man lay on the ground stunned, officers proceeded to handcuff him, resulting in them breaking one of his frail wrists.
Two months later, the victim died and his family members are blaming the deputy who tased him, saying that it put too much strain on his already weakened heart.
It is not immediately clear if the family is going to pursue legal action.