Family of man who died after being Tased claims "lack of professionalism"

George Harvey (WRDW-TV)

George Harvey (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's been more than a year now since a deputy Tased a local man who died, but George Harvey's family says their fight is just beginning.

Their lawyers have sent a letter to the City of Augusta, letting them know the family tends to sue for damages, but Tuesday, the family went face to face with commissioners to have some questions answered.

"You don't Tase a man five times, and bring a death certificate to my home that says homicide and the officer walk away free," Harvey's brother, Jerry said.

The Harvey family asked commissioners about the Sheriff Office's Taser policy and guidelines for grand jury proceedings. They say they were told there aren't any transcripts from court. They also had no idea the grand jury had heard the case against their brother.

"We were not notified by Richmond County. We weren't notified through Ashley Wright, we were notified through the media. To me, that's a lack of professionalism," Alvera said.

Commissioner Alvin Mason made a motion to get the Harvey family what information they could from the Sheriff's Office, like the Taser policy. However, the city attorney says their hands are tied beyond that because it's a civil matter that will have to be handled in court.

The Harvey family tells us they also filed paperwork for a permit to protest at the Sheriff's Office in a couple of weeks.


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