Marlon J. Grant (6334)

9/26/2011: Marlon Grant died shortly after being arrested and tasered during a drug task force operation by Natchitoches Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force members. Grant was a passenger in a vehicle police tried to pull over for a seatbelt violation. The driver didn't stop and led police on a slow speed pursuit before eventually stopping. During the stop, Grant was reportedly observed to be chewing on something and was forced to the ground, ordered to open his mouth and spit it out. Grant reportedly refused to spit it out, but it inadvertently fell out. Grant was then arrested and taken to the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center; while there, officers attempted to remove other items from Grant's mouth and Deputy Richard Shane LaCaze used a Taser on Grant's back. Grant was then taken to the booking room, but before he could be booked into the jail, Grant reportedly began to have seizure-like convulsions and fell from his chair. Grant was taken to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, where he died.

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