Broward County

3 officers cleared in the Taser death of a Broward man, a grand jury ruled

Calvon Reid
Calvon Reid

Three Coconut Creek police officers involved in a fatal Taser incident nearly 18 months ago were cleared of any criminal charges, a Broward grand jury ruled late Thursday.

Calvon Reid died Feb. 24, 2015, two days after officers used a stun gun on him in the parking lot of a Coconut Creek retirement community.

The police department faced intense scrutiny after Reid’s death was kept from the public, the Florida Bulldog reported last year.

The police chief at the time, Michael J. Mann, announced his retirement soon after Reid’s death was made public.

On Thursday, the Broward State Attorney’s Office said officers Thomas Eisenring, Daniel Rush and David Freeman should not face criminal charges.

“Calvon Reid was under the influence of a combination of the street drug flakka, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol,” said Ron Ishoy, a spokesman for the Broward State Attorney’s Office, in an email. “These drugs, coupled with a preexisting condition of an enlarged heart, contributed to his death upon officers deploying the electroshock weapons in an attempt to control his aggressive behavior toward the officers.”

A final grand jury report was not available Thursday.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff