Tulsa police release 'Use of Force Report' on Joshua Harvey incident
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Tulsa Police Department released a "Use of Force Report" about the Joshua Harvey tasing incident in August that led to his death.
The 30-page "Use of Force Report" details the events that led to the tasing and arrest of Harvey.
TPD said they received multiple calls Aug. 24 of a man screaming in the street and taking off his clothes near East 6th Street and Main Street.
Police identified the suspect as 26-year-old Joshua Wayne Harvey. Officers tried to take Harvey into custody and block his access into the bank as he got to the large glass doors at the front of the bank. Harvey pulled so hard on the doors that he pulled the handle off, causing the very heavy glass to rain down large chunks on top of his head.
Harvey was instantly covered in his own blood from the shattered door. He tried to run inside the bank, but two officers followed him and tased him. The taser knocked Harvey down, but he quickly got back up. The officers tased him again and he fell down again. The report says Harvey was tased about 25 times in about three minutes.
Harvey was speaking to the officers until EMSA arrived a short time later. Medics transported him to the hospital. On Aug. 27, Tulsa police were told Harvey had died.