St George-Illawarra's NRL premiership celebrations have been overshadowed by the death of a man outside the St George Leagues Club overnight. Police were called to a fight outside the club in Kogarah at about 12:30am (AEDT), after a security guard was attacked.
Police arrested two men. They say they used a Taser to arrest one man, and capsicum spray to arrest another. The second man, a 35-year-old, was taken to hospital after he lost consciousness and has since died. Police say the exact cause of his death is not yet known.
A woman at the scene, who gave her name as Kristy, said the man was repeatedly tasered while in handcuffs. "There was three people, they capsicum sprayed the guy that was really messed up," she said. "From that, he was handcuffed laying down on the ground, and they just kept tasing him. He asked them to stop, they kept tasing him, and then they started restarting his heart, he stopped obviously breathing."
The police version certainly seems to insert some distance between any taser use and the death. The witness describes a typical death by taser, complete with breathing and CPR.
Both versions can't be correct.
Someone is spinning the facts.
I wonder who?
I wonder why?
UPDATE 1 - Police deny tasering Dragons fan who died [LINK]. 35-year-old Steven Bosevski was arrested and taken to hospital, where he later died.
UPDATE 2 - "Mr Murdoch confirmed Tony Bosevski had been stunned with a Taser, but denied he was handcuffed at the time." [LINK]