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New Audio Recordings Out in Death of Woman Tased by Police

5:32 PM, Sep 19, 2007   |    comments
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By Jackelyn Barnard First Coast News GREEN COVE SPRINGS, FL -- Officers involved in tasing a 56-year-old wheelchair-bound woman have been cleared in the case, but the family of Emily Delafield says it is not done with its investigation. Delafield died about 90 minutes after being tased by Green Cove Springs Police Department officers in April 2006. Audio recordings of that fateful night have just been released. Delafield called police asking for help because she said her sister was trying to harm her. "Where is your sister now?" asks the 911 operator. Delafield answers, "In the house." The operator then asks her where she is. Delafield answered she was in the middle of the road in her wheelchair. Delafield, a schizophrenic, sounds calm at first on the audio tape. Police say when they got to her, she was armed with two knives and a hammer. Police say the wheelchair-bound woman was threatening to hurt herself and others. Delafield is heard on the tape saying, "You better get back." Police debated what to do and then used their tasers. In the audio recording, you can hear Delafield screaming. "My aunt was basically tortured like an animal or something," Delafield's nephew, Ryan Delafield, told First Coast News months ago. Her nephew wants answers -- and now he is getting some of them. New records detail just how long the officers used the tasers on Delafield. "I thought this all happened at once. This is all happening over a period of three to four minutes," says the family's attorney, Rick Alexander. A lab found one taser struck for 16 seconds, then 25 seconds, then 13 seconds. Those are just a few of the hits. Alexander says reports also show both tasers were used on Delafield 10 times. "When all the evidence comes out, there was a much better way to handle this. There is no reason for Emily Delafield to not still be alive," says Alexander. The family is planning to sue the police department.

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