Mother of man who died after being tased 27 times files suit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The mother of a man who died after being shot 27 times by Tulsa police with stun guns has filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations in the use of force before his death.

“I’m not out for money or payment, I’m out for justice,” Roma Snowball-Presley, the mother of Joshua Harvey, 25, said during a Friday news conference. “They going to have to pay for what they did to my child. First, they need to repent and ask God for forgiveness.”

The lawsuit, filed in early May, alleges wrongful death and civil rights violations by four officers, former Police Chief Charles Jordan, the city of Tulsa and American Medical Response Ambulance Service.

Harvey died at a hospital in August 2018, three days after he was shot with stun guns by officers when Harvey broke a glass door and entered a bank after first running from officers investigating reports that he was acting erratically and wandering onto a city street.

An autopsy said the likely cause of death was cardiac arrest “due to methamphetamine toxicity in the setting of physical exertion/restraint.”

A city spokesperson declined comment on the lawsuit while police officials did not immediately return requests for comment.

The ambulance company has filed a legal response denying all allegations and asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in actual damages in addition to unspecified punitive damages, attorneys fees and legal costs, and a declaration that the force used against Harvey was unconstitutional.