Pittsburgh man in coma after being tased by police

By David Edwards
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 13:20 EDT
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KDKA reported that Jason Schmidt is in a medically induced coma at Pittsburgh hospital after being shocked four times with a taser by police.

Schmidt’s family was outraged at being barred from seeing their son. “To tase a guy that’s despondent and incoherent that was summoned for medical assistance to administer… what this ain’t the things you put on your chest to bring back a heartbeat – this is craziness,” Bill Schmidt, Jason’s father, said.

Police tased Jason Schmidt after being summoned by 911 call for medical assistance. His family believes that Jason had suffered convulsions from a cocaine overdose when he was shocked.

Police say that Jason was trying to forcibly enter a friend’s home and resisted arrest.

Jason’s father believes he was barred from the hospital room after he begun taking pictures of his son’s condition.

This video is from KDKA News 2, broadcast August 25, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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