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Roswell police officers won't be charged in man's death

Created: 11/19/2013 5:23 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

No charges will be filed against Roswell police officers in connection with the death of a man who was shocked multiple times by tasers.

The District Attorney revealed that decision to KOB Eyewitness News 4.

KOB talked to the mother of the man who died, a mother who still wants answers.

It’s a mother’s fight for her son.

“This is my son and just like any mother, you're going to fight for your kids," said Sherrie Towler.

34-year-old Cody Towler’s life came to an end in February when officers found him yelling in this alley refusing to put down a baton he was holding.  That’s when officers deployed their tasers.

Three officers fired four tasers to restrain him.  Those tasers brought Towler to his knees and his heart to a stop.

The autopsy report confirms Towler’s death was a homicide, specifically that the level of stress on his body from the tasers and the restraints was just too much.

“They went arrogant, ballistic, way over their job," said Sherrie Towler.

There was another stress on his body.  The report reveals high levels of methamphetamine in his system.  Towler’s mother said police had a duty to protect her son.

"That was one person in the alley that they were supposed to have taken care of.  Not the way they did, taken care of and took him into protective custody," said Sherrie Towler.

Now four young kids are without a father.

“Every day has been a nightmare and I just want people to know this is my son.  My son had a big family, and he loved family, and he loved his boys.  And his boys are hurting really bad," said Sherrie Towler.

And he leaves behind a mother who vows she won’t stop fighting. 

Sherrie Towler said she will go after Roswell police in civil court.  Roswell police said they can’t comment on the investigation.  But there is ongoing training to help officers deal with these type of cases.

Cody Towler

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