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'Biscuit theft' led to man's cop Taser death

'Biscuit theft' led to man's cop Taser death

Mon March 19, 2012 5:03am

A MAN who died after police stunned him with a Taser in central Sydney may have been from South America.

Police have conceded he may not have been involved in any crime, even though he was identified as a suspect following a report of a robbery at a convenience store in King St early yesterday morning.

Killed over a stolen pack of biscuits?

Officers confronted him in Pitt St about 5.30am (AEDT) and tried to arrest him.

Capsicum spray and a Taser were used when he resisted but he soon stopped breathing and could not be revived.

Investigators believe he may be from South America, a NSW Police media release issued tonight said.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said police were merely responding to reports of a robbery and the details of what happened remain unclear.

"It's unclear as to the involvement of this man or the extent of that actual incident. Whether it is a robbery or not is unclear at this time," Mr Walton said.

"The report of a robbery is ongoing and I cannot ... even confirm that it was an actual robbery."

Mr Walton also said he could not say whether the man was armed or whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nor could he give any details about the Taser incident.

"We don't know what's caused this man's death. That will be a matter for the investigation and coroner," he said.

The State Crime Command Homicide Squad has launched a critical incident investigation.

NSW Council for Civil Liberties president Cameron Murphy said there should be an immediate moratorium on the use of Tasers by police.

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