Northern Kentucky Officials Awaiting Tests in Taser Death

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Officials in northern Kentucky are still
awaiting toxicology reports and other test results before
determining what caused the death of a man in police custody.
Police say 52-year-old Leroy Hughes of Covington died Dec. 3
after police fired Tasers at him three times.
Covington Police Chief Lee Russo told The Kentucky Enquirer that
Hughes apparently had some pre-existing health issues, but he
didn't know specifics.
Police said Hughes refused to follow officers' orders and threw
a box of bullets at them. Police said officers fired Tasers at
Hughes twice, but they had no effect. Police say officers then
wrestled Hughes to the ground, fired a Taser again and handcuffed
Hughes.
Five officers were placed on administrative leave, but Russo
says they have returned to work following a review. He says the
case is still under review but that it appears the officers
followed procedure.
Police say Hughes was 6-foot-6 and weighed more than 400 pounds.
Police say he had a loaded 9 mm handgun and two boxes of
ammunition.
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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by concerned Location: ky on Dec 10, 2008 at 07:36 PM
    i think the officers should be held accountable. they are trained to deal with situations like this. i know their job is dangerous. their job is to protect not kill
  • by JOB WELL DONE on Dec 10, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    THE OFFICERS DID THERE JOB AND SOMETHING UNFORTUNATE HAPPENED TO THE SUSPECT. IF YOUR GOING TO FIGHT THE POLICE, ALL I CAN SAY IS EXPECT WHAT IS COMING TO YA WHEN IT DOES. COMPLY WITH OFFICERS ORDERS WHEN TOLD TO DO SO. WHAT DO PEOPLE EXPECT WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN. THE OFFICERS WANT TO GO HOME TO THERE FAMILIES AT THE END OF THERE SHIFT. POLICY IS GIVEN TO FOLLOW, THE OFFICERS FOLLOWED THE PROCEDURE AND THIS HAPPENED. IT HAPPENS SOMETIMES. THE TASER'S ARE ONE OF THE BEST NON-LETHAL TOOLS LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO USE IN A LONG TIME. OBEY LAWS AND THINGS WONT BE THIS OUTCOME. YOU BREAK THE LAWS EXPECT REPERCUSSION TO FOLLOW...BEST OF LUCK TO ALL INVOLVED AND ALSO TO THE SUSPECTS FAMILY AS WELL..PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL!!!

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