March 03, 2014
Cause of death: Taser
Last updated: about 5 years ago
Officers used physical force, pepper spray and a Taser to restrain Johnson, Zogby said.
Hialeah police said a 911 caller claimed the 27-year-old man jumped into the backyard of his home and was beating his dog with a metal pipe. Witnesses told police Johnson then jumped into a neighboring yard and began beating another dog.
According to police, when officers arrived, Johnson tried to run away and violently resisted arrest, so officers had to use pepper spray and a Taser gun to restrain him, police said.
Johnson’s family wants answers and believes the police may have used unnecessary deadly force.
"I need to know if my child wasn't Tased would he be living today?" asked Johnson’s mother, Angela Curry.
After he was taken into custody, Johnson's health began to decline and he was taken to Hialeah Hospital, Zogby said. He was eventually taken to North Shore Hospital and then Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died around 6 p.m., Zogby said.