• Livonia Man Shocked By Police Taser Dies

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    Livonia A Livonia man who hit his head after being shocked with a police Taser has died after being removed from life support, a family member said this morning.

    Michael Ford, 50, of Livonia was taken to Botsford Hospital and eventually transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak following the incident Aug. 13-14 at an apartment complex at Eight Mile and Purlingbrook.

    Ford’s cousin Ewayne Harrell said Ford had more injuries than falling and hitting his head after being jolted by a stun gun.

    “(The police) beat him up. He had a ruptured spleen, a cracked pelvis and cracks in the front and back of his head. I don’t see how you can get all that from a Taser,” he said.

    Harrell also disputed police statements made Tuesday, saying Ford did not have a knife and “was not on drugs.”

    Livonia Police Lt. Greg Winn issued a statement today regarding two police calls to the apartment complex late on Aug. 13 and early Aug. 14. He declined to say what weapons were found at the scene.

    “I’m not getting into those details right now… as far as what weapons were there, that will all come out later,” Winn said.

    An investigator’s report is being reviewed and independently investigated by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, spokeswoman Maria Miller said.

    “When there’s any type of death and there’s police activity involved, we routinely conduct and independently investigate,” she said.

    The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed an autopsy will take place Thursday.

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