Two small-town cops in Oklahoma have been accused of killing a man using stun guns. The two officers are being charged with second-degree murder after utilizing that stun guns 50 times on the 28-year-old male victim. according to court records, officers Joshua Taylor, 26, and Brandon Dingman, 34, were charged with the murder of Jared Lakey on Wednesday.
Court documents stated that the officers used excessive force when they used their stun guns over 50 times on Lakey,” which greatly exceeded what would have been necessary or warranted by the attendant circumstances,” and was a “substantial factor” in killing Lakey.
The Carter County sheriff’s office enlisted the aid of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in the investigation. The OSBI said the incident occurred on July 4, 2019 and after being stunned 50 times Lakey died in the hospital on July 6. The OSBI said that the incident began when the officers answered a call that said Lakey was behaving disorderly. Lakey refused to comply with the officers and they replied with multiple stun gun attacks.
Someone from the Carter County sheriff’s office eventually helped get Lakey into custody but shortly after he became unresponsive and he was taken to the hospital where he later died. On Wednesday the OSBI announced that arrest warrants were put out for officers Taylor and Dingman by prosecutors. According to the OSBI, the two officers walked into custody voluntarily on Thursday. Both officers bonded out of a $250,000 bond.
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There is a lot of outcry against police brutality in the country right now and this serves as another example as to why so many Americans are protesting.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com