DETROIT – The Last against a former Michigan state trooper in the death of a 15-year-old boy from Detroit (all times are local):
A spokesman for the Michigan State Police says the department supports the second-degree murder charges against an ex-soldier who is accused of a Detroit teenager dead.
Lt. Mike Shaw, says Mark Bessner violated policy by firing a Taser from a moving patrol car while trying to stop the 15-year-old Damon Grimes in August, because the teen drove an all-terrain vehicle on a Detroit street. Grimes crashed the ATV after being hit by the Taser and then died.
Shaw says a police officer’s job is to protect citizens, “not their life.”
Bessner was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutor Kym Worthy says he, “that is a very high risk of death” when he fired the Taser.
Bessner stop the violence after the death.
A former Michigan State Police trooper is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle after a shot with the officer’s stun gun.
The Wayne County prosecutor is scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday. Court records show that, in addition to second-degree murder, Mark Bessner, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Fifteen-year-old Damon Grimes died of multiple injuries in the Aug. 26 crash. Bessner must resign as a state trooper shortly after the death.
Bessner’s lawyer says he made a split-second decision to use a Taser when Damon refused to stop.
Since the teenager’s death, the police no longer conduct high-speed chases in Detroit, unless they are investigating a major crime.