Family files lawsuit alleging Tulsa police cover-up in 2018 death of Joshua Harvey

TULSA, Okla. — The family of Joshua Harvey announced Friday they’re filing a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, its police department, and multiple officers nearly two years after Harvey’s death.

Harvey’s family and lawyers say video shows Tulsa police knew he was mentally impaired before tasing him more than 20 times while on the ground of an Arvest Bank downtown on Aug. 24, 2018.

Harvey died three days later.

Police say the situation started when they responded to a call about a man screaming and taking off his clothes in the area.

Body camera video released by the Tulsa Police Department at the time showed 25-year-old Harvey breaking a glass door and running into the bank.

The department’s use-of-force report said officers used their tasers on Harvey 27 times in three minutes.

The lawsuit filed Friday says officers “berate a clearly distressed and barely breathing Joshua” and that “TASER material explicitly warns excessive tasing increases the risk of death.”

The lawsuit says the Tulsa Police Department tried to cover up their role in Harvey’s death which was ruled to be a heart attack “in the setting of physical exertion/restraint” in the medical examiner’s report.

The medical examiner found Harvey had methamphetamine in his system.

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