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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How Sagging Pants and a Stun Gun Can Kill You

Sagging pants

Cities and towns across the U.S. are banning the practice of wearing sagging pants. It is defined as wearing pants that “fall below the hips, expose underwear or create indecent exposure.” From New York and Connecticut to Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and other states, cities and towns are passing laws that will enforce heavy fines on anyone, male or female, violating the sagging pants law. Shockingly, it lead to the death of one man in Louisiana.

Stun guns can be lethal

Louisiana is one state where town officials have outlawed sagging pants. One man, 38-year-old Ervin Leon Edwards, was recently arrested for the offense back in April 2015. It lead to a series of unfortunate actions that led to the man's death. Police claim that when Edwards became combative after being approached by police, they used a stun gun to subdue him. After being left alone in his jail cell for 10 minutes, he was found dead.

What happened?

Although police officers claim the stun gun was used for only 5 seconds, the video tells another story. It shows the stun gun being applied to Edwards for 45 seconds. Edwards suffered from high blood pressure, partial deafness and a mental disability. Edwards' girlfriend told them he had high blood pressure, but police seemed to ignore her. Although no criminal charges have been filed against the police officers, the whole story is both sad and could have been prevented.

One corrections officer who reviewed the video said it was “One of the worst things I’ve seen.”

To read more, go to www.rt.com/usa/252513-louisiana-man-dies-prison/
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