NAACP Looking Into Death Of Stun-Gunned Man

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut NAACP officials say they’re investigating Meriden police’s use of a stun gun on an injured man who later died.

NAACP State Conference President Scot Esdaile and Meriden-Wallingford NAACP branch President Jason Teal say they’ll be holding a news conference about the investigation Tuesday afternoon at the Meriden police department.

State police are investigating the incident on Sunday night outside the police station. Authorities identified the man Tuesday as 43-year-old Noel Mendoza of Meriden.

Authorities say Mendoza was bleeding from his hands, acting irrationally and high on drugs. Troopers say he became combative and was subdued with a stun gun by Officer Jeff Witkins. Mendoza died at a hospital later that night.

Mendoza was the third person since 2008 to die after Meriden police used stun guns on them.
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