Tuesday, May 20, 2008

COPS TASER YOUTH HAVING SEIZURE

DENTON RECORD CHRONICLE Blake Dwyer, 17, of Shady Shores, had an epileptic seizure while at a friend's house in Corinth last July 18. After he came out of his seizure he became panicked and terrified because of a condition known as postictal psychosis. Paramedics head tied him down to a gurney, but in his panicked condition, he hit a paramedic, which led Corinth police to use a Taser on him. His brother, Trvavis Baker, 17, tried to stop in to calm him down during this but he was told to get out of the way. "I thought a swarm of wasps was after me," the 17-year-old Guyer High School athlete said. "I was trying to fight them off." . . .

His brother, Travis Baker, 17, remembers all of it. He recalls screaming at Corinth police to stop shocking Blake with a Taser. His mother, Deana, remembers hearing Travis crying on the telephone. "He was saying, ‘Blake is having a seizure, and they're hurting him,'" she said. . .

Corinth police did not respond to a message asking for comment about the incident. Corinth city attorney Michael Bucek won't release records because the city expects litigation, he said. He did say there was no internal affairs investigation into the incident. "The only thing I can say is that we believe this is a frivolous lawsuit with no merit," Bucek said.

Deana Dwyer sought the advice of Denton lawyer Rocky Haire, who said he has been trying to work with Corinth police for an out-of-court resolution with no luck so far. . . Haire contacted an investigator with the Texas Municipal Intergovernmental Risk Pool, which insures city governments against lawsuits. Haire said the investigator told him that a check of the Taser shows it was fired 15 times within five or six minutes that day.

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