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Pasadena, Calif., Man Dies in Police Custody After Being Tasered

Pasadena, Calif., police quickly released grainy security video and audio from a 911 call from the family of a man who died in their custody after being restrained and Tasered early Friday morning.

Although authorities have yet to release the name of the dead man, relatives have identified him as Reginald “Junior” Thomas, a father of eight.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Pasadena police received two calls from a family member around 2 a.m. on Friday with a report of a domestic disturbance.

A man who identified himself as Thomas’ brother called and said he had a knife, but had not threatened those in the apartment with it. He also said that he was on drugs.

Police Captain Steve Katz said later that officers “saw [Thomas] with a knife.”

When Thomas did not cooperate with police, officers fired their Tasers at him twice, authorities said. Six officers were involved in the incident.

Police say that as Thomas was being handcuffed, they noticed he was in distress and began life-saving measures.

The security footage released showed the officers walking to the door, but the actual confrontation could not be clearly seen.

The Pasadena Fire Department received a call at 3 a.m. from police about a man not breathing, a spokesperson said. When they arrived, they determined it was a fatality.

Word of Thomas’ death quickly spread and demonstrators marched in the apartment complex calling police “Killers!,”
reports the Times.

“What is the name of the officer who killed Reginald?” shouted Black Lives Matter demonstrator Jasmine Richards.

Protests continued on Sunday, and include protests for 18-year-old Carnell Snell, who was also killed by police this weekend.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

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Pasadena, Calif., Man Dies in Police Custody After Being Tasered