Corey McGinnis (pictured) was tased by a Ohio police officer trying to break up a fight during a pick-up basketball game in Springfield Township on June 26, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
SEE ALSO: 10 Relationships That Make You Go Hmm
The shock immediately dropped McGinnis to the ground. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died five days after the incident.
It is not clear what exactly caused McGinnis’s death. It can take months before the Hamilton County Coroner determines what actually killed McGinnis. But his family is convinced that the Taser took his life.
SEE ALSO: Polls Put Romney Back In His Place
Lisa McGinnis, the victim’s niece, says it is time that people raise their voices over Taser deaths:
“We, as people, need to bring some kind of attention to these Tasings because Corey is not the first person to die after being Tased and he won’t be the last unless we do something. It’s supposed to be a safer alternative, but it’s been shown time and time again that people are dying after being Tased.”
Four of his nine children were at the game and saw their father being tased by the officer. As of Monday evening, the family says no law enforcement officials have contacted them. Here is how the incident went down as reported by The Enquirer:
Corey McGinnis and his teenage sons had beaten their opponents in a second game and the opponents didn’t want to pay up and make good on the bets they’d placed on the game. A large fight broke out. Somebody fired shots. Somebody called police. And officers ended up using Tasers on some of the participants.