• Family searches for answers after man dies following confrontation with Tulsa police

    By: Rick Maranon

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    TULSA, Okla. - Police are searching for answers to their own questions one day after the mother of a man who died following a confrontation with Tulsa officers asked her own.

    Police officers used a Taser on Joshua Harvey twice in August after he acted erratically and was uncooperative while half naked in downtown Tulsa.

    Harvey died after the confrontation and his mother and attorney want to know more about use of force by the police and if it contributed to the death.

    On Tuesday, Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell told FOX23 that police will not comment on the incident until a full report on Harvey is completed by the State Medical Examiner's Office. The report will include a toxicology report that could show if Harvey had drugs or alcohol in his system at the time.

    Officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office told FOX23 they only received Harvey's body last week, and a complete report could take three to six months.

    In 2016, another man died after an encounter with a Taser deployed by Tulsa police. Officers used a Taser on Ollie Brooks Sr. during a warrant sweep of an east Tulsa motel. At the time, Brooks’ family also wanted answers and action to be taken against the officers for use of force.

    The medical examiner’s report indicted Brooks had an enlarged heart condition and it is believed the Taser had a negative impact on his condition.

    However, an internal affairs report determined the officers did not know about Brooks’ condition and did nothing wrong or out of the ordinary. They were cleared to return to work.

    Tuell said a similar inquiry will begin into the incident involving Harvey once the medical examiner’s report is finished.


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