A 93 year old disabled man with dementia dies after police Taser and pepper spray him

After being pepper sprayed and Tasered by police in his care facility in the UK, a one-legged 93-year-old dementia sufferer passed away some weeks later.

Officers from Sussex Police were dispatched to St Leonards-on-Sea in response to a report that Donald Burgess had threatened employees with a knife on June 21.

The patient’s eyes were damaged when officers deployed an electroshock weapon and Pava spray, an eye-attacking agent, on him.

The elderly man who was confined to a wheelchair was taken to the hospital, but he passed away there three weeks later. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is now looking into whether the officers’ alleged use of excessive force amounted to criminal manslaughter.

Gross misconduct notices have been served on the two officers involved, both police constables, with letters advising them they are under criminal investigation for manslaughter.


IOPC regional director Graham Beesley said: ‘I want to express my sympathies to the man’s relatives and those who knew him.


‘We have advised his next of kin of our independent investigation and explained the steps we will be taking.


‘This will include investigating whether the force used by the two officers against this male was reasonable, necessary and proportionate in the circumstances and in line with local and national policies, procedures and guidance.’

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