NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Some backlash for New Britain police after a suspect they hit with a stun gun died. The NAACP met Wednesday night with city officials, demanding that police take more safety measures before they use a taser.
The NAACP met with the mayor and police chief to talk about the death of 40-year-old Seth Victor. Victor died Tuesday, after he was tasered by New Britain police.
"I can't sleep. I can't eat. This is terrible. You know he was a healthy person. For this to happen, this is horrible," said Michael Wheaton, the victim's friend.
Friends say Victor was a large man at 6'3" tall, weighing 300+ lbs. He did not like police. He threatened to harm himself and held officers at bay for more than four hours.
According to police, when communication broke down, they went in to arrest him. Police say he fought with the officers, and was so unruly that they were forced to use the taser on him.
Something friends say was unnecessary.
"New Britain police department, 100 percent they killed my friend," said Wheaton.
Police departments have to be trained better in how to handle mentally ill people," said Scot X Esdaile
NAACP president. When asked if he was mentally ill, Esdaile said, "from talking to the family, they say he has a history of mental illness."
"The taser is a useful tool the officers have at their disposal," said Chief Gary MacNamaria.
Chief MacNamaria is head of the Police Chief's Association. He says the taser has been used successfully hundreds of times, but it is not perfect.
"The Police Chiefs Association and officers around Connecticut are willing to work with the community partners when concerns are raised about police tactics," said MacNamaria.
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