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Family of taser death suspect meets with state police

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the incident of a man tased by a police officer in DeKalb County.

DeKalb County is just east of downtown Atlanta.

During a meeting with Troy Robinson’s family, investigators said the investigation should be complete in the next three weeks. In the meantime, Robinson’s family attorney, Mawuli Davis, and his team are conducting their own investigation.

“Our investigation clearly indicates that the taser was a part of what caused Mr. Robinson to fall and to break his neck,” said Davis.

Davis told CBS46 he wants DeKalb County police officer Casey Benton to face criminal charges.

“What was confirmed was that this officer did deploy his taser into the back of Troy Robinson as he ran away and there was no confrontation,” said Davis.

The family is still wondering why the officer tased Robinson as he tried to jump an eight foot brick wall.

“In all of the regulations that we have read as it relates to DeKalb County, a taser should not be deployed simply because someone is fleeing,” said Davis.

Robinson was a passenger in a car, pulled over for a tag violation. Davis said Robinson ran because he thought he had a misdemeanor arrest warrant. When he was tased, Robinson fell over the brick wall. The preliminary autopsy report showed the fall killed him.

DeKalb County police said Officer Benton is still on paid administrative leave.

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