Chicago medical examiner ties death to officer's Taser

By David Heinzmann and John Chase, Chicago Tribune

The Cook County medical examiner's office has ruled that a Chicago police sergeant's Taser stun gun killed a man, the first time in the United States the supposedly non-lethal device has been determined to have caused death.

Police say they have not seen Deputy Medical Examiner Scott Denton's report on the Feb. 10 death of Ronald Hasse, and they will not decide if any policies need to be changed until consulting with other experts.

 "We will evaluate again this particular incident and we will continue to evaluate all of the available information and documentation relative to the use of Tasers," said First Deputy Supt. Dana Starks.

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