AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police officer Martha Cameron will not be charged in the death of James F. Sizer from March 2015.
Five hours of testimony and seven witnesses later, the Grand Jury ruled in favor of Cameron who used a taser on a man causing him to hit his head and later die. Cameron was called to Sizer’s residence March 6, 2015 responding to his and a neighbor’s 911 calls of gun shots fired.
Sizer was waiting for the officer outside his house located on the 11900 block of Bittern Hollow. When Cameron arrived she demanded Sizer to get down on the ground. According to the press release, Sizer failed to comply leading to Cameron using a taser on him. Sizer fell and hit his head.
He was treated for blunt force trauma overnight and later taken to jail. Sizer was released and died at his home March 14 from complications sustained when he fell. A family member found Sizer deceased in a bathtub.
The lawsuit filed last year against the officer and the city of Austin, states Cameron used excessive force leading to the wrongful death. The family’s attorneys claim Sizer did not have enough warning to get on the ground, which he was unable to do due to a medical condition. After he fell and hit his head on the concrete, the lawsuit said, Cameron “interrogated him as he was bleeding.”
After being treated in the hospital, Sizer was charged for discharging a firearm. The lawsuit said the charges were filed lacking evidence.
Last month, a SWAT officer who shot and killed a man who was firing shots at the department’s helicopter was also no billed by a grand jury.