Man dies after arrest attempt

Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:15 PM
Last updated Sunday, June 30, 2013 3:21 PM
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A man is dead after a struggle with Richmond County deputies Friday night.

Deputies attempted to apprehend George Harvey, 39, of Augusta, at Olive Road and Gor­­don Highway around 8 p.m. Fri­day, where he went into what authorities suspect was “cardiac arrest,” a news release said.

Deputy Coroner Kenneth Boose said Sunday that Harvey entered cardiac arrest after deputies deployed a Taser.

Medical personnel were notified and deputies performed CPR on Harvey until they arrived. He was taken to Georgia Re­gents Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:47 p.m., Boose said.

The Georgia Bureau of Inves­ti­gation will look into the death.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/30/13 - 08:20 am
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Another tragic loss of life due to cultural misunderstandings.
Unpublished

In some cultures, police are not trustworthy champions of truth and justice.

happychimer
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happychimer 06/30/13 - 12:57 pm
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He was tased and went into

He was tased and went into cardiac arrest and died. He may have had heart problems and tasing killed him.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/30/13 - 01:36 pm
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Fighting with the cops and

Fighting with the cops and resisting arrest is what "killed" him.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/30/13 - 05:38 pm
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What did witnesses say happened?

Is there a video, or was there another in a series of RC "malfunctions" whenever they kill a suspect? The incident is reported to have occurred at 8:00, but official time of death at 10:47?

rational thought trumps emotion
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rational thought trumps emotion 06/30/13 - 06:10 pm
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Fights with the police trying

Fights with the police trying to do their job to the point where he has to be tased and then when for whatever reason since it is unknown at this time he has a heart attack; the police are the ones who perform CPR and call for the EMT's. Here's a clue, don't break the law, don't fight with the cops and endanger their lives. As for tasers, they save plenty of lives, prevent plenty of injuries and all cops who use them have already been tased with the full strength for the full 5 seconds. If you aren't healthy or if you are high on drugs, fighting with the police is just as dangerous as pepper spray or a taser so there is an easy solution which is simply to be a law abiding, tax paying productive member of society.

EMS4411
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EMS4411 06/30/13 - 07:00 pm
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Well all I have to say GOOD

Well all I have to say GOOD GOING RCSO now there is one less criminal here in Augusta the deputy deserves a reward for this action.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/30/13 - 07:42 pm
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dstewartjr

Please run for Sheriff during the next election. Richmond Co. NEEDS your expertise.

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gaflyboy 06/30/13 - 07:54 pm
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Just saw this on WRDW

After explaining the incident, they read several items off his rap sheet including cocaine trafficking, battery and theft. They ended the report with folks saying he was "popular in the area".

specsta
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specsta 06/30/13 - 10:29 pm
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This Is Not Good

The GBI is now investigating this death.

From the reports I've seen, the man was unarmed. Not sure why deputies felt the need to Taser him. Even if he was fighting with the police, their response should have been to counter with similar force to subdue him - not shock him 4 times with a Taser. That equals to 20 seconds of electrical disruption to a person's heart and nervous system.

Also, his past rap sheet has nothing to do with this case - no one deserves to die like that and it does not justify what happened to him.

Let's hope the truth comes out.

thauch12
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thauch12 06/30/13 - 10:45 pm
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We all lose

The real losers in all this will be the Richmond County taxpayers. This story has lawsuit written all over it. More likely than not, we'll be left to foot a hefty settlement in addition to thousands in legal costs. I'm all for deputies protecting themselves if the situation calls for it, but incidents like this show the very real risk they run when they choose to shock someone with high bursts of electricity.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 06/30/13 - 10:56 pm
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High subjects

Have you ever fought with one? Depending on what they are high on, physical force alone won't work. They don't feel pain. Spice is particularly scary.

I don't know if that's the case here, but if it is, and you choose to voluntarily ingest a mind altering drug and then fight the police, then you need to assume the risk that comes along with it.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/01/13 - 05:42 am
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Specsta

Once again, you have ZERO clue what your talking about. Taser's DO NOT disrupt the heart in ANY way. They've tested them thousands of times; even on people with heart conditions. You breathe normal and heart functions normal. Trust me, I've "Rode the lightning." One of the few people they DIDN'T test them on, is people high on narcotics such as meth, cocaine, PCP, herione. Why? Because they're not going to purposely inject narcotics into a person for a text. Excited Delirium is usually whats responsible for deaths in taser incidents, learn about it.

"Even if he was fighting with the police, their response should have been to counter with similar force to subdue him - not shock him 4 times with a Taser" WRONG!! But thanks for YOUR opinion, but unfortunately for you, your opinion means nothing when it comes to policy and procedure. Numerous courts have ruled that we MAY go a step above what the offender is using. So if he is using hands and feet, we may use pepper spray or taser, etc. We use the amount of force neccessary the effect the arrest; no more and no less.

You probably should consider not commenting on articles like this because you make yourself sound ridiculous with your lack of reasonable logic. Especially when you say stuff like "From the reports I've seen, the man was unarmed. Not sure why deputies felt the need to Taser him."

So, we aren't suppose to tase someone UNLESS they are armed?
Have you heard of the old saying "NEVER bring a knife to a gun fight"? There is a reason for this saying because a person would be STUPID to bring a knife to a gun fight, not to mention DEAD!!
We are also TRAINED not to bring a taser to a gun fight. If we have knowledge a person is ARMED, I promise you it will NOT be a taser in our hands.

Just a few questions, please answer then truthfully:

Have you ever fought someone two or three times your size?
Have you ever fought someone twice your strength or more?
Have you ever fought somene high on narcotics and they could NOT feel pain?
Have you ever been tased?
Have you ever been officially trained on the use of taser?
Have you ever been involved in a fight for your life and had to make a split second decision on whether to use deadly force or less lethal force?

I must agree though, his rap sheet doesn't have anything to do with the level of force use against him, but his CURRENT resistance sure does. AND his rap sheet shows a past history of criminal behavior and similar transactions, which by the way; are admissable in court.

Please answer the above questions and I look forward to your response. Well, unless you plan to do the typical snipe job; which is hit and run!!

belle
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belle 07/01/13 - 08:01 am
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"Stuff" happens
Unpublished

You could kill someone with a feather if you tickled them long enough. The taser is a less harmful weapon than a gun. If he had not been running from the police and/or resisting arrest he would not have been tased and thus would be alive and well to have his heart attack another day. It's the risk he took and he was willing to take it. End of story.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/01/13 - 09:18 am
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You all know I am a critic of

You all know I am a critic of the police when it is due, but I'm with myfather on this. It is unreasonable to expect them to wrestle with a combative suspect. The suspect meeds to be subdued with the fastest non-lethal method available that also keeps the officer safe. Tasers over all have proven to be such a tool. This man could just as easily collapsed from the exertion; it wouldn't be the first time such has happen when resisting arrest, and won't be the last.

The man's rap sheet IS pertinent to the story, as it gives readers some context on the type of individual the deputies were dealing with.

I might add, can you imagine the brouhaha being raised if they had just stood there trying to coax him out of the street and he got run down by a vehicle?

thauch12
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thauch12 07/01/13 - 10:08 am
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Facts

"Taser's DO NOT disrupt the heart in ANY way." That's an outright lie.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57426110-10391704/tasers-may-prov...

These things are dangerous and should be used with caution. I'm sure the officer had a good reason to tase this guy, but by that same token, he accepted the risk that came with doing so.

daphne3520
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daphne3520 07/01/13 - 10:05 am
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corgimom
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corgimom 07/01/13 - 10:52 am
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The leading cause of

The leading cause of disability with police officers is back injuries sustained when struggling with a suspect.

A police officer has the right to stay safe and go home unhurt.

It is foolishness to think that an officer shouldn't tase somebody that isn't armed. When someone makes the decision to resist arrest, when they choose to be combative, they accept the consequences.

And he had to be Tased 4 times. That isn't normal. That, along with his behavior, suggests that he was under the influence of drugs. That also suggests that he would not have been able to be subdued without it.

Don't want to be Tased? Don't resist arrest.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/01/13 - 04:12 pm
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thauch12

So, we are supposed to completely and blindly believe a CBS news report? I went through the training and we watch hours of ACTUAL testing. They hooked up monitors to people while being tased and their heart and breathing rhythm never changed. Why don't you go to the taser international website and they've got videos on there of all these tests. OR, just keep believing some snipe job reporting by CBS news. Either way, I don't care and your opinion isn't going to take tasers out of our hands. These tasers help US go home to our families and many bad guys go to jail.

My earnest desire would be to see people like YOU and specsta, have to wear this uniform and fight with people high on dope. So you could fear for your life for once, before spouting ridiculous opinions. I've been in fear numerous times in the job; but thank God, I've never had to kill or shoot anyone. The BEST thing about tasers is that it PREVENTS many people from fighting with us. I've pointed it, MANY more times than I've ever shot it. It's kept me, other deputies and offenders from getting seriously injured. But, there are those cases where someone does die, after being exposed to the taser. Usually, this is caused by excited delirium; caused by drug use combined with the physical exertion during the fight and then exposure to the taser. It's COMBINATION of all the above, NOT just the taser. Heres is a couple pieces of advice to PREVENT this from happening; DON'T DO DRUGS and DON'T fight the police!! PERSONAL responsibility!

happychimer
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happychimer 07/01/13 - 04:57 pm
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myfather15 what do

myfather15 what do cardiologists say about tasers? If someone already has heart problems, tasing could kill them. Were any of your subjects heart patients? If they weren't, then why not?

happychimer
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happychimer 07/01/13 - 05:04 pm
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from thauch12's link

Tasers, often referred to as stun guns, use compressed gas to fire electrodes delivering an initial shock of 50,000 volts of electricity, rendering them momentarily incapacitated. Zipes concluded from reviewing the data that a Taser device has the potential to provoke an irregular rapid heartbeat called ventricular arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest and even death when aimed at a person's chest.

happychimer
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happychimer 07/01/13 - 05:06 pm
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so was the taser aimed at

so was the taser aimed at George Harvey's chest?

specsta
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specsta 07/01/13 - 06:59 pm
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@myfather15:Wow, now you're

@myfather15:

Wow, now you're an expert in cardiology? Seriously? I thought that you were in law enforcement, not a cardiologist. Maybe you have done more extensive research on Tasers and cardio effects than the American Heart Association. That is the only reason (apart from sheer arrogance) that I can think of when you offer such blind conclusions.

"ECD stimulation can cause cardiac electrical capture and provoke cardiac arrest due to ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation. After prolonged ventricular tachycardia/ventricular fibrillation without resuscitation, asystole develops."

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2012/04/20/CIRCULATIONAHA.112....

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/JUDdata/Tmy/2013HB-06628-R000401-Dr.%20Dougla...

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Gage Creed 07/01/13 - 06:57 pm
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Couldn't they just have shot

Couldn't they just have shot him in the leg..... (eyeroll)

Sounds like the problem here is that this gentlemen felt it necessary to promote an escalation of force. He was then introduced to a CED. End of story.

thauch12
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thauch12 07/01/13 - 10:09 pm
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@specsta, don't waste your

@specsta, don't waste your time. It's pointless using actual facts with cited, respected sources in this kind of debate when the other side clearly can't provide the same in return. Apparently, they teach cardiology as a pre-req for that highly esteemed criminal justice associates degree that a cop may or may not have.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/02/13 - 06:32 am
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Ooooh yes; Zipes is

Ooooh yes; Zipes is definately the voice of reason here. A man who is paid $1,200.00 an hour to testify against Taser use. What do you think his testimony is going to conclude? Do you really think he would find them safe, losing hundreds of thousands of dollars? Please!!

Go ahead, revel in your victory!! You've absolutey PROVEN taser's dangerous by providing some pathetic links that you call "respected sources". Lets not take into consideration the thousands of law enforcment agencies who've done independent research, before issuing them. Let's now mention how taser's have been deemed safe by the VAST majority of doctors; lets take ONE crackpots word for it. A guy who benefits GREATLY for testifying against taser use.

Specsta and thauch12 SAID IT's SO, and thats the end of it. We should all immediately turn in our taser's and repent for our sins towards these THUGS that choose to injest drugs and fight with the police. We've done them all a disservice. Matter of fact, we should all resign and give the thugs are uniform, to police the streets because they are WAY better human beings that us!!

myfather15
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myfather15 07/02/13 - 06:44 am
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Specsta

Do you actually realize that providing three different links, which opinions are from ONE PERSON (Zipes) doesn't make your point more valid? Zipes is a con-artist hit man, getting paid $1,200.00/hour to condemn and demean Taser's anyway he can. I've said this MANY MANY times on here elsewhere; if you've got the money, you can get a doctor to say ANYTHING you want them to say.

Why do you think two different doctors (one for defense and one for the prosecution) can evaluate one patient during a hearing for competency and come up with two completely different decisions? It's simple actually; their decisions greatly lean towards the opinion of WHO IS PAYING THE CHECK!! How about that, it's amazing!! Just think, how many people do you think you could get to lie, by paying them $1,200.00 and hour? The number would be astronomical!! But hey, if Zipes came out tomorrow and said taser's were safe, you still wouldn't believe it, because thats what side your on. I've seen your comments for years about law enforcement and they are NEVER supportive.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 07/02/13 - 04:39 pm
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"Apparently, they teach

"Apparently, they teach cardiology as a pre-req for that highly esteemed criminal justice associates degree that a cop may or may not have."

Probably the same syllabus that decrees liberal arts candidates have a minor in animal husbandry....

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