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6:22 am
Tue March 24, 2009

Amnesty Int'l questions Michigan taser death

Bay City, MI – Amnesty International is questioning police use of a Taser to subdue a Michigan teenager who died shortly after being shocked.

Bay City police say the teen was Tasered after trying to fight
officers during a disturbance call early Sunday morning.

They say officers handcuffed him but called an emergency crew
after seeing him in medical distress.

Brett Elder would have turned 16 Tuesday.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a cause of death has not
been determined.

Police Chief Michael Ceccini says officers acted
properly.

But Amnesty says Tasers should only be used in life-threatening
situations.

A spokesman for Taser International says the device is safe and
Amnesty is jumping to conclusions about the incident.