State attorney to review man’s death

Calvon Andreleus Reid, a borderline homeless man, died over the weekend in Coconut Creek. But the cause and circumstances of his death remain undetermined while police and prosecutors investigate.

Reid’s father, Calvin Reid of South Carolina, said Coconut Creek police told him the 39-year-old meat salesman died late Saturday or early Sunday. He had been shot with a Taser stun gun after he was “uncooperative” with paramedics, the elder Reid said police told him.

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The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Friday that Reid was dead, but didn’t release a cause of death or any other information, saying it was an “open criminal investigation.”

Coconut Creek Police Sgt. Henry Cabrera confirmed his department is investigating an incident, but declined to provide details, including how many officers were involved or whether they were placed on leave. The case, he said, “is confidential and exempt, as there is an ongoing agency investigation.”

Calvin Reid said police told him his son was injured in an unspecified attack, but refused to allow paramedics to treat him. “They called police and they [police] tried to talk to him,” he said.

Reid said police told him his son died after being tased three times. “He didn’t deserve it,” the father said.

The Broward State Attorney’s Office will review the case, spokesman Ron Ishoy said, before deciding if criminal charges should be leveled

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“We’re aware of a situation involving Coconut Creek police officers that we have been monitoring,” he said. “Usually in these situations, the law-enforcement agency involved does its internal investigation and then presents it to our office for review.”

Reid didn’t have a permanent South Florida address, and “lived place to place,” his father said. A Hollywood-based homeless group said he sought shelter with them one night in November 2010 after coming here from South Carolina.

Reid has had run-ins with law enforcement before, including arrests for cocaine possession, trespassing and shoplifting, records show.

Police use of Tasers has generated controversy nationwide. The American Heart Association has published a study showing that the devices, which administer 50,000 volts of electricity to immobilize a suspect’s muscles, can cause cardiac arrest.

Manufacturer Taser International issued a warning in 2009 advising officers to avoid shooting the stun gun at the chest because of the risk of heart attack in some people.

In 2013, a teenage graffiti artist tasered by Miami Beach police died of heart failure from the “energy device discharge,” the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office said. The death drew international headlines and sparked rallies accusing Miami Beach police of heavy-handed tactics.

But a subsequent investigation concluded the death was accidental.

Staff Researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report

lhuriash@sunsentinel.com or 954-572-2008

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