Douglas Fischer, 25

Spartanburg, South Carolina
July 20, 1995

Agencies: Georgia Bureau of Investigation GBI | Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office South Carolina | Best Buy Store Security Georgia

Cause of death: Choking

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On July 20, 1995, Douglas Fischer, a 25 year old African-American college student, was brutally 
killed in Spartanburg, South Carolina, by employees of Best Buy, an electronics chain store. 

Douglas, accused of using a fraudulent credit card, ran when he was confronted by store security, and 
was violently pursued by 4 store employees who chased him down, caught and put him into an illegal 
choke hold and strangled him to death. Strangling and asphyxiation is not what you see on television; 
it takes over three minutes with massive pressure to kill someone by strangulation Eyewitness accounts 
say that Douglas was choked for four minutes, with one security guard holding him in a headlock and 
choking him, and another sitting on his back.