Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams has ruled the death of Jim Rogers “accidental.” The word “accident” may be technically correct, but it hardly does the case justice. Despite the official ruling, Rogers’ death was tragic and almost certainly unnecessary.

Police arrested Rogers, who was Black, in Bloomfield on Oct. 13, of last year, allegedly for stealing a bike. He died at Mercy Hospital the next day, after sustaining several shocks with a Taser while disputing his arrest.

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