Michael Jacobs, Jr. was off his medication and having an episode of mental illness. There was an attempt by his mother to get him to go to John Peter Smith Hospital for psychological evaluation, but he refused. He became agitated. So, instead of using reasonable force against Jacobs to get him into the ambulance, Fort Worth police officers decided tasing him for 54 seconds was a better course of action — even after he hit the ground and started twitching and foaming at the mouth.
Michael Jacobs, Jr. was unarmed and had not even made a motion to strike officers. Furthermore, the medical examiner ruled Jacobs’ death a homicide, but the officers were cleared by a police investigation and a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict them.
Michael Jacobs, Jr.
Fort Worth, Texas
April 18, 2013