Family speaks out on death of tased man - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Family speaks out on death of tased man

The death of a man tased by police brings new claims from his family. The coroner's office says 34 year old Isaac Bass of Louisville died at a hospital last night.

Bass's sister wonders if the first responding officer handled the situation properly. The police department is investigating and two officers involved now are on administrative leave. That's standard procedure.

But tonight Isaac Bass's family has more questions than answers about what happened.

The police department says an officer used his taser upon 34 year old Isaac Bass inside Bass's home on Delaware Drive Wednesday night. Bass died later at a hospital.

Police said the officer was trying to calm a fight between two brothers. Bass's sister disputes that account.

She says she called 9-1-1 to report her brother Isaac was agitated, perhaps under the influence of drugs or alcohol dissolve between the bites

"I was just trying to respond to my brother acting irrationally," said Bass's sister.

The sister asked reporters not to use her name and not to show her face. She wishes the first officer at the scene had waited for backup.

"There wasn't two brothers fighting. There was just my brother who was 'tased' to death. And I informed them what to expect before they arrived. And he went inside by himself," she said, "The other person in there was my brother in law who was helping the policeman."

"Although the taser was successful in subduing the subject, they also noticed as the same time, he appeared to be having a medical emergency," said LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.

The coroner's office says an autopsy could not find any relationship between the taser shock and Bass's death. It was inconclusive. Toxicology and other tests could take several weeks to finish.

"We've had some reports that he may have been on drugs throughout the day and, also, other reports saying he had possibily been involved in other altercations as well," said Smiley.

Court records show Bass had a history of arrests and convictions in Jefferson County dating back 16 years. Those include at least one conviction of assault involving a police officer.

"We haven't had time to grieve, because we're watching an inconsistency on the news," said Bass's sister.

Metro police placed two officers involved on paid administrative leave. A man died in Louisville in 2006 after police fired a taser at him. The autopsy then found the man died of delerium and not from the shock.

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