Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has decided there will be no criminal charges against 2 Milwaukee police officers who broke down a mentally ill man’s door and killed him by tasing him 18 times while he was in his shower in May, 2017.
Adam Trammell, a 22 ear-old schizophrenic, lost consciousness about 30 minutes after the first tasing by the killers, reported The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The medical examiner’s reported notes that Trammell suffered a black eye, a broken rib and more than two dozen cuts and bruises while being attacked by police. The body camera also shows Trammell screaming in pain as he is being tased, beaten, and killed.
The beating was so severe that Trammell was vomiting profusely before his death, according to the Sentinel.
Regardless of the facts of the case and video evidence, Chisholm said there was “no basis to conclusively link” the death of Trammell to the officers’ actions.
Officers Michael Rohleder and Anthony Munoz, “responded to a medical emergency under complex circumstances that required them to attempt restraint,” Chisholm wrote.
The original call to police came from a neighbor who was concerned that Trammell might be in a mental health crisis.
However, body camera footage shows Trammell in the shower and in no need of medical attention until police begin their assault. When police break into his home and pull back the shower curtain, he simply stares blankly at them in the bodycam video.
Watch the disturbing video below.
Robin Shellow, one of the attorneys representing the Trammell family observed, “These police tortured Adam Trammell to death.” She continued ,”This was not ‘help.’ They were not protecting or serving anyone. Naked, cold, confused, alone in his own bathroom and crying for Jesus to take him, he needlessly suffered.”
Trammel’s father, Larry Trammell, was outraged by Chisholm’s decision, and called for the resignation of those responsible and those who chose not to charge the murderers.
“This is a nightmare. I can’t believe this,” Larry said. “I think those people should resign. The D.A. and the chief of that police department.”
Despite the massive amount of tasing and beating by officers, the medical examiner’s report ruled the cause of death as undetermined. The report does however cite the excessive use of the taser and the use of sedatives by paramedics as contributing factors, according to the Sentinel.
The officers said they were attacking Trammell because they wanted to get him medical help.