The Latest: Lawyer objects to continued stun-gun use on man

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Posted: May 20, 2016 4:59 PM
The Latest: Lawyer objects to continued stun-gun use on man

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on body camera video that shows Georgia sheriff's deputies repeatedly using a stun gun on a handcuffed man who later died (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

A lawyer for the family of a Florida man who died after Georgia sheriff's deputies used stun guns on him multiple times says the deputies should have stopped once the man stopped struggling.

Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Peter Skandalakis on Friday released body camera videos of a Nov. 20 confrontation between deputies and 32-year-old Chase Sherman.

Chris Stewart, an attorney for Sherman's family, acknowledged that the videos show Sherman struggling with the deputies initially. But he said that once Sherman stopped fighting, the deputies should have waited for medical personnel to arrive rather than continuing to stun him.

The videos show deputies continuing to stun Sherman and put pressure on him until they notice he has stopped breathing. Sherman was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

District Attorney Skandalakis said in a statement Friday that his office has not finished reviewing the case and the investigation is ongoing.

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12:05 p.m.

A Georgia prosecutor says he's still reviewing the case of a Florida man who died after sheriff's deputies used a stun gun on him multiple times while trying to subdue him.

Coweta County sheriff's deputies responded to the side of an interstate Nov. 20 after Chase Sherman's mother called 911. She told the dispatcher she was in a car with her husband, her son and the son's girlfriend on southbound Interstate 85. She said her son was "freaking out" and had taken a synthetic drug known as spice.

Body camera video shows two deputies struggling to subdue Sherman until he becomes still. Sherman was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Peter Skandalakis said in a statement Friday that his office has not finished reviewing the case and the investigation is ongoing.

Col. James Yarbrough said Friday the two deputies remain on the job.

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10:55 a.m.

Body camera video shows Georgia sheriff's deputies using stun guns multiple times on an unarmed man in the back of a vehicle who died shortly after the struggle.

The video posted by The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1TuBsvG ) shows Coweta County sheriff's deputies struggling to subdue 32-year-old Chase Sherman of Destin, Florida, in the back of an SUV Nov. 20.

The video, which the newspaper says is from body cameras worn by sheriff's deputies, shows deputies struggling with Sherman until he's still and they realize he's not breathing.

The deputies responded after Sherman's mother called 911. She told the dispatcher she was in a car with her husband, her son and the son's girlfriend on southbound Interstate 85. She said her son was "freaking out" and had taken a synthetic drug known as spice.