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DeOntre Lamontz Dorsey, 32
White Plains, Maryland
November 29, 2015

Agencies: Charles County Sheriff’s Office - Maryland

Last updated: 5 months ago

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Cpl. Michael Sokoloff, who responded to the scene, told an investigator that when he approached the vehicle, Dorsey was on his back kicking his legs like “a child having a temper tantrum,” according to police records. After Dorsey rolled on his stomach and reached for a firefighter’s leg, Sokoloff ordered him to put his hands behind his back. Dorsey failed to comply and tried to stand up, the officer said. Sokoloff Tasered him, hitting him in the back with probes.

Sokoloff told an investigator that he shocked Dorsey, a father of four, several times.

Dorsey was later handcuffed and placed in leg shackles at the scene and stopped moving, a sheriff’s report states. Dorsey stopped breathing, and paramedics administered CPR before he was taken to a hospital, the report states.

Police said they found a loaded handgun in the car and a plastic bag with “suspected crack cocaine,” sheriff’s records show.

Sokoloff declined to comment on the incident when reached at home Tuesday.

Tasers are known to incapacitate individuals when used in the “probe mode,” when they fire two barbs that deliver an electric current along wires, causing the muscles to lock up.

Tasers also can be used in the “drive-stun” mode to control dangerous individuals. That’s when the device is placed against the body and the trigger is pulled. Taser International, the company that manufactures the device, has issued product warnings to law enforcement about drive-stunning, noting the need for caution and restraint when using the technique on certain people, including those with mental illnesses.

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