Man dies after being tased by police
The family of a Jamestown man is looking for answers after he was tased by police and died this weekend. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti spoke with Charles Baker's father and the Chautauqua County District Attorney who's investigating his death.
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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. -- "This is definitely something that shouldn't have happened," said Charles Baker Senior.
He and his family want to know why his son, 30-year-old Charles Baker, died on Saturday.
Jamestown Police say Baker was a passenger in a car involved in a traffic stop around noon that day.
They say he was detained for a violation and disposed of several baggies of cocaine in the back of a patrol car.
Baker was charged with tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a controlled substance and taken to the city jail.
Police say when Baker was removed from the patrol car, another baggie of cocaine fell to the ground, and when officers went to pick it up, Baker stepped on it and an officer's hand.
They say yet another baggie fell to the floor of the booking room where Baker was uncuffed for processing, and he became physically aggressive.
"The police officers involved opted to employ a taser on Mr. Baker. He was then held for a couple of hours. He had some sort of a seizure, he was immediately transported to WCA," said David Foley, Chautauqua County District Attorney.
Police say he suffered another apparent seizure there, and later died.
"This death right here is uncalled for. He ain't deserve this. I know that. But he was a good dude. Give you the shoes off his back, had a good heart," said Baker, Sr.
Baker's father says no one from the police department contacted him about his son's death, and he hasn't really received any information from the department.
He says he saw his son's body Monday and the medical examiner told him there are two taser marks on it, but the cause of death hasn't been determined, "It should be investigated thoroughly, I really think so."
Foley says his office is investigating whether there's any potential criminal activity involved in Baker's death.
"You would hope that it is not a situation where there was unnecessary excessive force used, but I can't say that at this point because I haven't had an opportunity to review all the information," said Foley.
Foley says his office won't be able to make any decision until the final autopsy report is complete which could be about eight weeks.
In the meantime, Baker Sr. says he has an attorney of his own looking into the situation.