source: Daily Mail
published: 25 Dec 2014
A man who died after being Tasered by police by a 50,000-volt stun gun was not breaking into the property as thought but visiting friends for a quiet birthday drink, a friend has claimed.
Adrian Thompson became unresponsive after being bundled into a police car and taken into custody in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, having been stunned.
A call to the police suggested he was breaking into the property, but a friend has now insisted the 34-year-old had been invited to the scene in the early hours of Monday morning. His death is now being investigated by the Independent Press Complaints Commission.
‘There was no burglary at the property. Adrian had come round for a few quiet drinks for my birthday,’ said Paul Carter, who lives in the flat.