Man dies after being tased by police

Colonie police are looking into the use of a taser in gym altercation

— Brothers was then transported to Albany Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Heider said from talking with police officers involved in the incident and other witnesses, necessary force was used.

"He knocked over five universal weight machines that normally takes five people to set up," Heider said. "He's over six foot and over 225 pounds, possibly much heavier than that. Needless to say, he presented quite a challenge to the people there and the officers."

The Colonie Police Department has used a taser 141 times over the past seven years and over that time period there have been approximately 20,000 arrests made by the department, according to Heider. He added that officers are trained in the use of force twice a year and that officers are submitted to taser training every two years. This was the first time a taser was used and the suspect died, Heider said.

"The only other remedy would be to start physical confrontation with somebody in close proximity to other and that could create a disaster," Heider said. "The taser is much safer."

Police believe that Brothers might have experienced what is known as Excited Dilerium, when the body's activity rises to such a level the body then shuts down. Heider said it not yet known if the taser contributed to Brothers' demise.

The Colonie Police Department is working with the Albany County District Attorney's Office, the Albany County Coroners Office and the New York State Police's Lab and Forensic Unit to pull the film off the surveillance cameras to be copied as evidence. An autopsy will be performed tomorrow and the pathologist will be for any checking alcohol and drug levels.

"It's very unfortunate when custody deaths occur," Heider said. "It's nothing somebody wants to happen. We're going to look and make sure what did happen was proper."

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