No charges for police in death of tased teen
Wed, 13 May 2009 14:50:09 GMT —
The Bay City Police will not be charged in the death of a 15-year-old Brett Elder who died after an officer tased him on March 22, 2009.
Prosecutor Kurt Asbury says there isn't evidence that officers "committed any criminal act that caused or contributed to the death of Brett Elder."
Elder died March 22 after police were called to his Aunt's home in Bay City. Elder and other teenagers were reported to be very drunk. When police allegedly attempted to calm Elder, the teenager began fighting police.
Reports say an autopsy found both the alcohol and the taser contributed to the boy's death.
In a statment, Prosecutor Asbury said, "The unfortunate reality of the situation was that the underaged Brett Elder was very intoxicated durikng the early morning hours of March 22, 2009, and wihtout any meaningful adult supervision or guidance, placed himself in a situation which resulted in his death. He was highly agitated and combative, tried to start fights with numerous people, as well as the police officers called to the resience to deal with his 'uncontrollable behavior,' all which contributed to his untimely death."