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Jordan Begley died after police shot him with a taser

by Annette Mackin
Issue No. 2362

Jordan Begley collapsed and died in the street after being hit with a 50,000 volt police taser gun in Gorton, Manchester last week. 

It’s thought that he suffered a heart attack.

Jordan’s mother Dorothy called police to break up an argument between her son and a neighbour. 

Three police vans pulled up to Jordan’s house and eight officers barged into his home. 

His friend Adam McAllister said that Jordan had “black eyes and strangulation marks around his neck” after the confrontation.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The IPCC has previously failed to adequately investigate cases of police brutality.

Official figures show that 518 of 884 taser shots since 2009 have hit the chest area, 57 percent of all discharges.

This is despite the manufacturers warnings that firing tasers directly to the chest area can induce cardiac arrest.

Friends and neighbours have condemned the police. 

Officers claim that they had reports of a man with a knife. 

But a friend of Jordan’s said, “I know for a fact he would not have had a knife.

“There was no need to use a taser on him.”

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Tue 16 Jul 2013, 17:51 BST
Issue No. 2362
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