Justice for Man Who Died After Police Tasered Him

Target: Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County District Attorney

Goal: Police who used stun-gun on man who died must be fired and punished if guilty.

A man reportedly died when police used a stun-gun on him. The incident occurred when police showed up at a motel on an alleged “disturbance call” about a man “who was behaving strangely.” The victim, 41-year-old Branch Wroth, was in his motel room, and according to police, he was telling them that he believed he’d been poisoned. Instead of offering help, the police began trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Police say Wroth tried jumping out a window when they were arresting him, so they restrained him and then used a stun-gun on him. They then took more measures to “subdue” him, and claim that Wroth then became “unresponsive.”

The police told outlets that they aren’t even sure how many times they fired the stun-gun. The police sergeant said the names of the officers involved are being withheld, and they’ve been placed on paid administrative leave while the sheriff’s office investigates. Wroth’s tragic death occurred just a year after his brother won a $1.25 million dollar settlement in a lawsuit against the county for using excessive force. Suspiciously enough, the police had also used a stun-gun on him, shocking him 23 times. Now his brother has been through an eerily similar event, only he was killed. Please add your signature to the petition below to demand that the police officer be severely punished and fired from ever working in a position of authority, if guilty.


Dear Ms. Ravitch,

A man reportedly died when police used a stun-gun on him. According to the sheriff, the victim told police he believed he had been poisoned. Instead of trying to help a man who may be suffering from poison, they said he was “behaving strangely” and began trying to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. The victim tried jumping from a window, and that’s when, the police claim, they shocked him and used further methods to subdue him. He became unresponsive and died, according to reports.

This incident has an eerie resemblance to the case of the victim’s brother who had also been shocked by police, only he survived the 23 shocks and won a $1.25 million dollar lawsuit against the county. The police sergeant told outlets they didn’t even know how many times the victim was shocked. Furthermore, he added that the officers involved, whose names are being withheld, are on paid administrative leave. There’s no reason for a man having to tragically lose his life when the police should’ve already learned the dangers involved with shocking people. It sounds as if the case isn’t even being taken seriously enough by the sheriff’s department. That’s why we’re calling on you and asking that you see to it that the officers involved are fired and given a stiff penalty if guilty of playing a role in this poor man’s death.


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  1. There must be justice for this poor man! He was just calling for help and then gets killed instead.

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