A Gwinnett County grand jury had decided not to pursue charges in the Taser gun-related death of an inmate at the county jail.
Inmate Frederick Williams died last year after Gwinnett deputies used a Taser gun to subdue him.
Williams’ widow, Yanga Williams, said he was in a rage when she called officers to her home last May. She says her husband’s violent behavior was due to his failure to take medication for epilepsy.
Eleven deputies and a video camera were there when he arrived at the Gwinnett County Jail in handcuffs, and his feet bound, but still fighting.
The video, taken by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Department and obtained by 11Alive News, shows Williams struggling as deputies tried to remove the handcuffs and place him in a restraint chair.
A deputy then uses a Taser on Williams. A deputy is shown placing the Taser against Williams’ chest a total of five times. Eventually, he passes out.
“I do feel there's some criminal act in this,” Yanga Williams said. An investigation by the sheriff's department concluded deputies acted properly. A police investigation also cleared the deputies of criminal wrongdoing.
“It's a terrible, terrible incident, but nothing criminal happened, certainly nothing criminal from my deputies,” said Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway.
According to the Gwinnett county medical examiner, it is unclear if the Taser caused Williams’ death.
District Attorney Danny Porter provided details of the investigations to a grand jury and that grand jury decided not to pursue an investigation of their own. They, however, chose not to view the videotape taken at the jail.
“They were aware of the tape and the disturbing aspects of it, but chose not to view it,” Porter said. “They chose not to see it and chose not to go any farther."
“For all intents and purposes, this ends my case,” he said.
“At times it gets pretty frustrating, frustrating to the point where I want to scream,” Yanga Williams said.
She has hired a lawyer, and may turn her frustration into a civil lawsuit. She has not seen the video tape, but Melvin Johnson, her lawyer has. “We’re horrified by what we’ve seen,” he said.
“Mr. Porter told the wife in my presence that because the wife did not notify him or did not ask his permission, basically, to bring in the feds, he’s pissed off, for a lack of a better word, and is no longer bringing charges,” he added.
Johnson says Porter presented the wrong evidence to the grand jury and he wants the officers indicted.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still conducting its probe
A video showed a Taser gun being applied to Frederick Williams a total of five times.