Drugs, Not Taser Killed Oakland Man: Autopsy - NBC Bay Area

Drugs, Not Taser Killed Oakland Man: Autopsy

Final answer on man's death took three months to find.



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    The autopsy of an Oakland man who died after a struggle with San Leandro police in which he was stunned with a Taser, established cause of death was acute methamphetamine intoxication and his death was ruled accidental, police said.

      Darnell Hutchinson, 32, died on Oct. 9, 2011, after an incident at Nation's Giant Hamburgers at 1335 Washington Ave., where officers responded to a report of a suspicious person.

      Nation's employees reported that a man, later identified as Hutchinson, was scaring customers by "acting strange" and was asked to leave several times but refused, police said.

      Officers arrived and found Hutchinson outside the restaurant, where he refused to cooperate with the officers and a struggle ensued, according to police.

      One of the officers used a Taser to try to subdue Hutchinson but it was ineffective, police said.

      The struggle continued, with the two officers and Hutchinson falling to the ground at one point. Two other officers then arrived and were ultimately able to control and handcuff him, according to police.

      Immediately after being handcuffed, Hutchinson's health began to deteriorate. Paramedics responded and took him to a hospital where he died, police said.

      The San Leandro Police Department conducted an administrative investigation into the incident at Nation's Giant Hamburgers and determined that the officers were within policy in their handling of the case and application of the Taser. 

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