Roger Anthony, an elderly, deaf and mentally disabled man from Scotland Neck, South Carolina was riding his bicycle when he was killed by a police officer who shot him with a Taser stun gun after he failed to obey instructions to stop.
Roger Anthony, 61, was killed as he made his way home after officers responded to a 911 call about a man who had fallen off his bicycle in a car park.
The 911 caller told dispatchers that the man appeared drunk and that it looked like he had hurt himself.
Police officers said they repeatedly told Roger Anthony to get off his bike, but when he didn’t respond, they shocked him.
The state Office of the Medical Examiner hasn’t yet determined a cause of death.
Roger Anthony’s family members claim he had hearing problems and suffered from seizures. Now they’re considering whether to file a lawsuit against the town.
Roger Anthony’s brother Michael said: “What did they tase him for? It’s hurting me. It’s really hurting me.”
Scotland Neck Mayor James Mills said he wouldn’t blame the family for suing.
“There has been no information that this man was a threat to anybody,” the mayor said.
“If I was a family member, I’m sure I’d be thinking the same way.”
Mayor James Mills said he has tried to get information from the police department about what happened to Roger Anthony, but they have turned him away.
Police Chief Joe Williams says the officer is on administrative leave while the SBI conducts its investigation.
Joe Williams declined to comment further.
Roger Anthony’s family said they hope the case is resolved soon.
His niece, Porsha Anthony said: “I’m sad. I lost an uncle.
“Hopefully it will be rectified so that not another family in Scotland Neck has to go through this.”
The State Bureau of Investigation in South Carolina said they are looking into Roger Anthony’s death.