Georgia Man's Death: Not a Result of Police Tasing

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in conjunction with the state attorney's office, is officially concluding an investigation into a narcotic traffic stop that left one man dead after he swallowed crack-cocaine.

State Attorney Glenn Hess said the Florida Department of Law Enforcements probe into the death of Rickey Massey shows police tasing Massey had nothing to do with his death. The 38-year-old Massey, of Albany Georgia, was one of four men, confronted by police on October 2, 2009, during a narcotic traffic stop on 19th Street.

The scene took place in front of the Turtle Lake Apartment complex. As police were walking up to the vehicle, Massey swallowed what turned out to be crack cocaine. When officers tried to stop him, a struggle began, and one of the officers tased Massey. Massey then went into medical distress and later died at the hospital.

Since then, questions were raised over the cause of his death; however, autopsy results out Tuesday morning indicate Massey died as a result of 'Acute Cocaine Toxicity. In fact, the lab report stated the amount of crack cocaine found in Massey’s system was the second highest sample ever tested at the lab.


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  • by PC Location: PC on Mar 23, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    So does this mean that Glenn Hess will now hold the others that were with accountable for what they do? So far they have continued to sell crack only to receive probation. They continue to commit crimes in this community and walk away. Put them in prison where they belong. Throw the book at them!
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