Milwaukee cops didn’t follow new international guidelines when they used 18 Taser shocks to restrain a naked schizophrenic man in his shower, who later died in police custody.
Adam Trammell’s death in May 2017 has left the Wisconsin city outraged over body camera footage that showed the 22-year-old naked man writhing in pain from being stunned.
West Milwaukee police officers Michael Rohleder and Anthony Munoz arrived at Trammell’s apartment for a welfare check, but busted in the door when he didn’t answer.
They found him naked in the shower, appearing perplexed when one of the cops pulled back the curtain.
After warning Trammell that he’d be shocked with a Taser if he didn’t comply, he pushed back at one of the officers who tried to restrain him.
The pop of the Taser was then heard and Trammell screamed in pain.
He fell to the floor of the bathtub, going flat on his back as officers tried to talk to him.
Later in the body camera footage Trammell tries to sit up and screams out in pain when he’s stunned again.
He later lost consciousness in the building’s hallway, dying at a local hospital.
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said last week the officers wouldn’t be charged, because there was “no basis to conclusively link Mr. Trammell’s death to actions taken by police officers.”
Chief Dennis L. Nasci told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this week Trammell likely only felt up to seven of the 18 shocks he’s believed to have received.
Because each Taser blast runs for roughly five seconds, the chief said, Trammell may have been shocked for up to 35 seconds.
That’s more than double the time the Police Executive Research Forum guidelines recommend, because anything longer than 15 seconds “may increase the risk of serious injury or death and should be avoided.”