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BLM Founder's Cousin Dies After Repeat Tasering By LAPD

Keenan Anderson, 31, a teacher and cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, died after he into cardiac arrest four hours after a struggle with officers on Jan. 3 where Los Angeles police repeatedly used a stun gun on him, reports USA Today. Police Chief Michel Moore said Anderson tried to run away after a car crash, and officers used force to restrain him. He said officers were investigating whether Anderson was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. "We must reduce the use of force overall, and I have absolutely no tolerance for excessive force," said Mayor Karen Bass. People involved in the traffic crash flagged down an officer and indicated Anderson was responsible, police said. An officer, who has not been identified, saw Anderson "running in the middle of the street and exhibiting erratic behavior." The officer spoke with him and requested backup for a DUI investigation. Anderson initially complied with the officer's commands, then fled, police body camera footage and bystander cellphone video shows. Anderson resisted as police tried to restrain him, Moore said. The video shows that an officer had his elbow pressed into Anderson's neck. At that point, Anderson was on his back on the pavement. “They’re trying to George Floyd me,” Anderson said while calling for help.


During the struggle, the officer used a Taser on Anderson multiple times, Moore said. There is no limit on the number of times an officer can use a stun gun, but officers should generally avoid repeated or simultaneous activations to avoid injuring the person they are trying to restrain, Moore said. Anderson was eventually handcuffed, examined by fire department personnel, and taken to the hospital. Moore said that hours after the struggle "some manner of medical emergency occurred," and Anderson was pronounced dead. A preliminary toxicology report from police found cocaine and cannabis in Anderson's body. The coroner's office has not yet ruled on the cause and manner of Anderson's death. "It's unclear what role the physical struggle with the officers and the use of the Taser played in his unfortunate death," Moore said. Cullors said on Instagram Tuesday that her cousin "was killed by LAPD." Black Lives Matter supporters protested outside LAPD headquarters during Moore's news conference Wednesday.

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