Mom Calls 911 for Mental Help With Her Son, Cops Show Up, Taser Him to Death While He’s Restrained


By Eva Decesare

Coweta County, GA — American police have once against demonstrated that their agenda is not to protect and serve, but to dominate and control by any means necessary. On November 20th, sheriff deputies in Coweta County, Georgia were summoned to help subdue a man having a psychotic breakdown and ended up tasing him to death.

Thirty-two-year-old Chase Sherman, together with his fiancée, Patti Galloway and his parents, Kevin and Mary Ann Sherman, were returning from a vacation. During a layover at the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Chase started having hallucinations and acting agitated. According to his father, he “got nervous … about planes crashing, and he just didn’t feel comfortable on a plane. … He thought nobody recognized him. I said, ‘Chase, we’re fine. We’re going to get a car and drive home.’ He didn’t know where he was at.” So they rented a car to drive the rest of the way to their home in Florida.

Chase’s fiancée told his parents that he may have smoked “Spice”—also known as “synthetic marijuana”—before they had left on the five-day trip, which may have been the cause of the episode.

Chase’s father described what happened next:

“We got him in the car and we took off on I-85. Chase’s fiancée was driving and Chase was lying in the back with me. He had his head on my lap. He acted like he didn’t know where we were going. And then he jumped up and started a disturbance in the car.”

They pulled over, and Chase’s mother dialed 9-1-1, but the father told her to hang up, thinking things were under control. After driving again for a few more minutes, Chase “got more violent,” and they pulled over again and his mother again called 9-1-1.

“We were fighting, screaming, trying to calm him down. It was pretty horrendous in the car,” his father said. “His fiancée jumped back to try to calm him down and she actually got bit. My wife told me just to hit him or something to try to get her arm loose. He let loose of the arm and the officers showed up.”

When the three deputies arrived, “they reached across me trying to get the handcuffs on him. I got out of the car and they told me to go back by the ambulance.” Still in the vehicle, Chase’s mother says she heard one deputy tell Chase, “We’re going to shoot you.”  She said, “Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him,” his father added. The deputy reportedly responded by saying, “I have to protect myself.” Deputies then instructed everyone else to exit the vehicle. During the ensuing struggle, Chase was tased repeatedly. “More officers kept coming and we think they kept tasing him,” Chase’s father said. “They were treating him like a rabid dog.

During the struggle, the police kept EMTs back, saying the situation was not safe. Chase’s parents maintain that the deputies were never in danger, that their son was not armed, and that if the deputies felt threatened they could have just stepped away and closed the vehicle doors. Instead, the father says, the officers “just went nuts.”

“He was seat-belted in; he couldn’t get out. And they couldn’t just let him be and let him calm down,” the father said, adding, “They treated my son like a piece of meat.”

Eventually, Chase’s fiancée and parents watched as deputies grabbed Chase’s arms and pulled him from the vehicle.

“They dragged him out of the car like a dead dog. His head hit the ground. He was done. There was no movement, no nothing. We were screaming, ‘They killed him.’”

The deputies wouldn’t let the family go to him; then kept the parents and fiancée in a patrol car, keeping them for a time to be interviewed before allowing them to go to the hospital where Chase was being taken. Finally, at the Piedmont Newnan Hospital, when they said who they were there to see, they were led to a room by a security guard. “He said, ‘I’m sorry for your loss,’” according to Chase’s father. Mary Ann, Chase’s mother, said that when she was talking to a deputy, “I can’t remember what I asked him. All he answered was: ‘We had to protect ourselves.’”

The incident is being investigated, and while we may not know exactly what happened unless the footage from the bodycams worn by the deputies is publicly released, it is hard to imagine why multiple armed police officers could not subdue an unarmed man, who was already handcuffed and trapped in a vehicle without killing him.

According to his father, Chase “was a very strong kid, but laying down in the seat belt … come on. With three guys on you? Come on. And to keep pushing the taser in you? Come on.”

While we may not yet have the footage of this killing, we do know that this is one more case of an unarmed man ending up dead, with cops saying they feared for their safety. If only they showed a similar concern for the safety of those of us who don’t wear badges and uniforms, maybe less innocent citizens would end up dead at the hands of crazed and cowardly killer cops.

This is the second case in just a short time frame of cops killing a man during a mental breakdown with tasers.

Multiple videos were released in November of 46-year-old Linwood “Ray” Lambert, who was killed by tasers. In a just a few minutes, three cops would hit Lambert with their tasers a total 20 times, according to the device reports issued by Taser International.

For a total of 87 seconds, Lambert had 50,000 volts running through his body — a level capable of inflicting serious injury or death, according to federal guidelines.

As was the case with Chase Sherman, one hour after the police showed up, Lambert was pronounced dead.

Eva Decesare writes for

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16 Comments on "Mom Calls 911 for Mental Help With Her Son, Cops Show Up, Taser Him to Death While He’s Restrained"

  1. mental breakdown? you should have taken him to an emergency room immediately knowing he had done some synthetic drug. What’s wrong with people? What did you expect the cops to do? Cops are armed to kill anything that is a threat to them or others.

    Stupidity still reigns in the USA. It doesn’t matter how you twist this story….

    • ‘Twist’ the story? Nothing changes the fact the man was unarmed, restrained in a seat belt, inside a vehicle. Agreed, ER woulds be the place to go, but don’t EVEN allow that the cops were not in the wrong. WTF is the matter with you?

      • It’s a hard lesson and they learned it the hard way: DO NOT CALL THE COPS! EVER!! They arrive expecting to kill something or someone.

    • I have zero sympathy for drug users. Family is better off without him a total loser.

      • Said one drug user about another.

        • W. Burke: are you a drug user like Chase? sounds like you sympathize with drug zombies.

          • William Burke | December 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm |

            I’ve never known or heard of a person who hasn’t used drugs. Ever.

            If they deny it, they’re flat-out lying. Which includes you.

          • w. Burke: Rx drugs only for sprained ankle and dislocated shoulder, only used two days then switched to tylenol otc., cold meds otc for colds,, antibiotics for infected tooth, but nothing illegal, dumb butt stupid. You sound like a moron.

          • ridiculousness | December 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm |

            These baseless claims and absurd accusations have been brought to you by the War on (some unpatentable) Drugs. Enjoy your delusions of superiority. So, tell me, what happens when someone finds a reason to discount and mitigate the value of YOUR life, should something tragic like this happen to you? “Good for you, I’m a sick sad sack of crap and deserve to die?” No, that would require entirely too much introspection.

          • William Burke | December 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm |

            Drugs. All drugs. The prescription ones are abused far more than the unapproved (by the government) ones. Drug fiend.

          • ridiculousness | December 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm |

            I had a long post pointing out that if you replace “drug user” with “black” or “female” or “Fox News/MSNBC viewer” it would make your words incredibly hateful and unacceptable, but then I stopped myself, because it won’t change your mind. Nor would pointing out that the prescription and OTC drugs you mentioned cause many preventable deaths affect your view of “people who do drugs I don’t like,” oh, sorry, I meant “druggies.” Those who are reaching for a reason to hate aren’t going to be swayed by such criticism.
            I kind of doubt this will cause any sort of introspection on your part, really, but you can always try calling me a moron instead. Or a dumb butt. (wow, a schoolyard burn! That showcases maturity and intelligence for sure!) That tends to play pretty well with people who don’t want to think too hard about why they hate people.

          • William Burke | December 2, 2015 at 9:01 pm |

            Wow. You misunderstood every single thing I said. It happens, but not often at all.

            What did you think this means?

            I’ve never known or heard of a person who hasn’t used drugs. Ever.

            If they deny it, they’re flat-out lying. Which includes you.

          • ridiculousness | December 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm |

            I meant to reply to laura again, not you. Hit reply on the wrong one though. Re-read it as directed to her. I figured the “dumb butt” insult gave it away, though. Don’t recall you using that term. I’m not fond of anyone who can justify a death based on what a person did, so I argued against her awful justifications. She should plug in a few other terms into her sentence and see if it still feels “right,” methinks.

            Didn’t mean to attack you. I meant to reinforce your argument!

          • William Burke | December 3, 2015 at 2:10 am |

            Got it.

      • Illini Warrior | December 2, 2015 at 5:51 pm | Reply

        Ditto Laura …. just a loser drug addict – don’t risk anyone getting hurt – just shoot the SOB and rid society of his sorry azz …

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