The police officers involved in the Jordon Begley case have been put on restricted duties after an inquest ruled they were "more concerned with their own welfare" than the man they had tasered. . Jordon Begley was shot with the 50,000 volt stun gun and hit with “distraction strikes” while being restrained and handcuffed by three armed officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP). He died in hospital about two hours later.
While the initial Taser shock did not cause his heart to stop, the jury concluded that the use of the Taser and the restraint “more than materially contributed” to a “package” of stressful factors leading to Mr Begley’s fatal cardiac arrest, the inquest at Manchester Civil Courts of Justice heard.
In damning conclusions, the jury also said the officer who pulled the trigger, PC Terence Donnelly, inappropriately and unreasonably used the stun gun for longer than was necessary.
Mr Begley’s family now intend to sue GMP after the incident at the family home in Gorton.
In this special report Matt O'Donoghue visits the home of Taser in Arizona. They are the manufacturers of the stun gun used in the case of Jordon Begley.
A jury has decided the use of a taser against 23-year-old factory worker Jordon Begley was "inappropriate" and contributed to his death by cardiac arrest.
Firstly I would like to offer our sincere sympathies to Mrs Begley and her family who have been left devastated by Jordon’s death.
Today, a jury has returned a narrative verdict into Jordon's death following very detailed consideration of evidence heard during a five-week Inquest.
That narrative verdict has raised a number of serious concerns, including the way the Taser was used, the use of force by the officers after the Taser was deployed and about the communication between the officers who attended Jordon’s home.
Given the gravity of those concerns, we will now need to take time to examine the jury's findings in detail, and liaise with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who carried out an independent investigation into Jordon's death, before it would be appropriate to make any further public comment.
In considering the circumstances of Jordon's death, the jury have raised some troubling concerns. We will ensure that these are thoroughly examined and that every possible lesson is learned from this tragic case.
In the interim, I have decided to restrict the operational duties of the officers involved in the Taser discharge and restraint until we have had time to fully consider the Coroner's comments and have further dialogue with the IPCC.
The mother of Jordon Begley has talked about her delight at finally hearing the truth about how her son died.
Speaking to ITV Granada Reports Dorothy Begley said Jordon's treatment by Greater Manchester Police officers had been "horrific and horrendous".
The 23-year-old factory worker died after being tasered at home in Gorton almost exactly two years ago on July 10th 2013.
The family of Jordon Begley, who died at home after being tasered by a police officer, have welcomed a jury's conclusion that the use of a taser was "inappropriate".
Jordon's mother Dorothy had earlier cried tears of relief in court as she listened to the findings in court.
Outside court Mrs Begley described the jury's conclusions as "fantastic" and called for all police officers to wear body cameras.
"After two years of fighting everybody, fighting the system, Jordon's day has come. That is all I ever wanted. The last two years have been hell. Those officers should not be patrolling the streets."
Mark McGhee, her solicitor, said: "The jury's decision is very far-reaching and raises issues that go well beyond the death of this individual."
An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after the incident effectively cleared all the officers involved.
The IPCC has yet to publish the report of its inquiry.
Mrs Begley said of the IPCC: "They are incompetent and badly let us down."
The coroner in the Jordon Begley inquest has criticised Greater Manchester Police for failing to store crucial evidence properly.
Mr Nigel Meadows said he would write to Sir Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, to look into why a pair of trousers Begley was wearing were lost in evidence.
He also said evidence was "routinely going missing" in cases involving Greater Manchester Police.
Jordon Begley's family have today said they have "very serious concerns" about whether evidence was destroyed.
There were several failures in communication, the Taser use was disproportionate and #JordanBegley was left face down.
.@gmpolice are now being criticised by the Coroner for the destruction of the most crucial piece of forensic evidence - Jordon's trousers.
The Coroner, Nigel Meadows, has described their evidence handling storage as "not fit for purpose." We've approached the Chief Constable.
The family say they have "very serious concerns" as to the way the IPCC have handled this case and the way in which evidence was destroyed.
The jury has ruled the use of Taser was "inappropriate" and that PC Donnelly did not believe there was a severe threat of vilence.
The jury has ruled PC Donnelly should not have fired his Taser under the circumstances. He was too close and aimed at the wrong place
The jury say PC Donnelly's belief was that #JordonBegley may have a knife on him and he may injure himself or others. He fired the Taser.
The jury at the inquest into the death of Jordon Begley has concluded he died of a cardiac arrest due to a combination of stressful events including being tasered and restrained.
23-year-old Begley died after being tasered by police at his home in Gorton following a dispute with neighbours.
The officers who tasered and restrained Begley initially fought to keep their names out of the public eye during the inquest.
The jury at the Inquest into the death of Jordan Begley has now entered its third week of evidence. Jordan, who was 23 years old, died after police were called to his home in Gorton, Manchester.
The incident happened on July 10th 2013 following a 999 call from his mother for officers to come and help defuse a neighbour dispute. She told the call-taker that her son had picked up a knife and was threatening to go outside to confront a neighbour who had falsely accused him of theft.
Today we've been hearing from PC Christopher Mills and PC Troy Tyldesley. Both arrived at 5 Beard Road after being called to a "Grade 1" which meant they put their lights and sirens on.
No-one knew whether Jordan was actually armed or not when they got there but the call had been downgraded as an officer inside had begun to calm Jordan Begley down.
PC Mills "dropped on Jordan's back" with his knee after the Taser had been fired and "delivered two, closed fist distraction blows to his back, below his ribs." He told the Inquest that the officers were struggling to get Jordan's right arm out form under him. He told how officers are trained in the risks of 'continued restraint' leading to cardiac arrest and asphyxia. Three other officers were holding Jordan's arms and legs at the time and he was face down on the hard floor which was carpeted.
There were some contractions between PC Mills account and some of those that were heard last week but the court was told it was three months before he gave his statement to the IPCC and another two months after that before he was questioned further about that night.
Eventually Mr Begley was handcuffed but at this point PC Mills describes hearing "rasping sounds" coming form Jordan and that they realised "something was wrong." He was asked whether officers had verbally abused Jordan while he lay on the floor but denied hearing anything of the such.
Then we heard from PC Troy Tyldesley who was a divisional officer based out of Openshaw. He arrived - carrying a riot shield - as Jordan was hand cuffed and on the floor. He said everything "seemed calm."
Mr Steve Killalea QC for the family asked about a briefing on another man who was also called 'Jordon Begley' and who was wanted by Greater Manchester Police. PC Tyldesley said he didn't have such a briefing.
After trying to save Jordan's life PC Tyldesley says everyone went back to a "big room" at a Police station where they gathered together.
"Do you recall any conversations about what had happened?" Mr Killalea asked. "No. We were instructed not to discuss the incident." Replied PC Tyldesley. "Why - because you could be influenced by what an officer says about what they saw or did?" Continued Mr Killalea. "Of course." Said PC Tyldesley
Jordan was pronounced dead at hospital a short time later. He had a number of injuries on his body including cuts and bruises to his face and "carpet burns." The purpose of this inquest is to find out what exactly happened leading up to Jordan's death and why he died.