Police filmed tasing a mentally ill man 18 times before he died

Disturbing bodycam footage shows police taser a mentally ill man 18 times, while he is standing naked in the shower, before he collapses screaming in pain and dies

  • WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT  
  • Adam Trammell, 22, died after police tased him 18 times on May 25, 2017
  • West Milwaukee police were called to his home to do a welfare check
  • A neighbor called 911 to say that Trammell was naked and threatening self-harm
  • Police used force to enter his apartment when he didn’t open the door
  • Officers then encountered Trammell naked in his shower
  • When he failed to respond to orders to show his hands, police tased him 18 times
  • It took less than 30 minutes from first tase for Trammell to lose consciousness
  • Within an hour of police arriving, Trammell was pronounced dead
  • Officers Michael Rohleder and Anthony Munoz won’t face charges, DA said 

Disturbing video has emerged showing police officers in Wisconsin shocking a mentally ill man with a Taser 18 times while he was naked in the shower just moments before he died.

Body cam footage shows three West Milwaukee police officers forcibly enter the apartment of 22-year-old Adam Trammell after they got no response.

On May 25, 2017, officers went to his home to do a welfare check after a neighbor called 911 and told them about a man named ‘Brandon’ was standing naked in a hallway, was threatening to hurt himself and appeared to be having a mental breakdown.

The footage shows the officers bust open the door and enter Trammell’s bathroom, where he is standing naked in the shower.

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Disturbing video has emerged showing police officers in Wisconsin tase a mentally ill man 18 times while he was naked in the shower just moments before he died

Body cam footage shows three West Milwaukee police officers forcibly enter the apartment of 22-year-old Adam Trammell after they got no response

On May 25, 2017, officers went to his home to do a welfare check after a neighbor called 911 and told them about a man named ‘Brandon’ who appeared to be having a mental breakdown, was standing naked in a hallway, and was threatening to hurt himself

The officers found Trammell standing in his apartment’s shower, looking blankly at them and failing to respond to their commands to show his hands and step out. 

The officers, Michael Rohleder and Anthony Munoz, tell Trammell that they are about to tase him.

‘Brandon, I need you to come on out,’ one officer said, warning him that he’s ‘going to get tased’ if he doesn’t. 

The officers incorrectly referred to Trammell as ‘Brandon’ because that’s the name the caller gave them.

After an officer used his stun gun for the first time, Trammell immediately laid down on his back in the tub as he screamed in agony. 

The footage shows the officers bust open the door and enter Trammell’s bathroom, where he is standing naked in the shower

The officers, Michael Rohleder and Anthony Munoz, tell Trammell that they are about to tase him

After an officer used his stun gun for the first time, Trammell immediately laid down on his back in the tub as he screamed in agony

The officers used their stun guns several more times while trying to restrain him as he struggled with them, according to police and camera footage

Thirty minutes elapse between the time Trammell is first tased and when he loses consciousness

The officers used their stun guns several more times while trying to restrain him as he struggled with them, according to police and camera footage. 

Officers from a neighboring police department and Milwaukee paramedics eventually arrived to help. 

At one point, Trammell stopped breathing and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Thirty minutes elapse between the time Trammell is first tased and when he loses consciousness.

Trammell’s family told police he had a history of ‘oppositional defiant disorder’ and that he was possibly schizophrenic and bipolar

In total, he was tased 18 times. 

Less than an hour after he was tased, Trammell was pronounced dead upon arrival in the emergency room. 

The officers won’t face charges because prosecutors found no link between his death and their actions.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said in an April 19 letter that officers ‘did not violate the law’ when they responded to a medical emergency last year ‘under complex circumstances.’

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced this week that the officers won’t face discipline

An autopsy says the cause of death was ‘excited delirium’ and the manner ‘undetermined.’

Trammell’s family reacted angrily to Chisholm’s decision.

‘I think those people should resign. The D.A. and the chief of that police department,’ Trammell’s father, Larry Trammell, told the Journal Sentinel.

Trammell’s family told police he had a history of ‘oppositional defiant disorder’ and that he was possibly schizophrenic and bipolar, although they weren’t sure and didn’t know what medication he was taking, according to the medical examiner’s report. 

His family also said Trammell had another encounter with police two years ago because he was running outside naked and the officers used a stun gun then, too.

The medical examiner’s report also said that preliminary information from the doctor who first saw Trammell at the hospital last year indicated he had ingested some household cleaner.

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