Family of man killed after being tased plans to sue



News 12 at 6 o' clock/ October 22, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga.--It's been three months since an Augusta man died after being tased by a Richmond County deputy. George Harvey's family is still waiting for answers, but, in the mean time, they're planning for a legal showdown.

Harvey's sister, Alvera, says, "For the rest of our lives, our brother is going to be dead, is going to be gone. And, for the rest of our lives, that's something we're going to have to deal with daily."

Cell phone video takes the Harvey family back to the scene in June, back to the day a Richmond County deputy tased George Harvey. He died soon after.

"My problem that I have is that the officers, they killed my brother in front of his 13 year old son, in front of his 3 year old son," Jerry Harvey says.

All of the deputies involved in the incident are back to work carrying out their normal patrol duties. Jerry says it adds insult to injury, "I'm upset that the Sheriff allowed them to come back to work."

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says deputies tased Harvey after he became unruly, but the family argues, tasing in this circumstance was excessive force. Witnesses say the deputy continued to tase Harvey once he was cuffed. Cell phone video shows Harvey's ankles and wrists were both shackled when they rolled his body over. That's why the Harvey family decided to hire a lawyer.

Jerry says, "We have seen from our evidence and our attorney's evidence that they used excessive force, and yes, we'll be moving on with that."

They're still waiting on the autopsy results and the information from the GBI investigation, but no matter the results, they say they're planning to move forward with legal action against the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Alvera says, "With our action, it might prevent another family from having to deal with what we've been dealing with."

The GBI is investigating this case. They say the autopsy results are still not complete. The medical examiner is still waiting for the toxicology results to come back to make a final determination. The GBI expects to turn everything over to the District Attorney in the next couple of weeks.

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