Police Officer’s Irrational Action Causes Death Of Mental Patient

Jacksonville police have a duty to protect and serve the public, to make sure that things and people are kept in balance. However, when the police need someone to keep them in balance, the public suffers. If one or someone one knows has suffered at the hands of police inaction or police brutality, one should contact an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case.

According to the Bradenton Herald, Nehemiah Lazar Dillard has been killed by a police officer who shot Dillard at a mental health facility. Dillard’s death comes after police officers were called to the scene, reportedly saw the man tearing the facility apart, after which the police used a taser to subdue Dillard. Dillard died en route to the hospital. Police_issue_X26_TASER-white.jpg

Jacksonville police brutality cases can range from the more common cases of police physically harming a suspect during arrest for no apparent reason, to allowing another suspect to maul the accused, who has now become a victim. Unfortunately though, even worse cases arise from police action or inaction that results in the unnecessary harm or even death of someone who did not deserve that abuse.

In many of these cases, the harm that police officers inflict on people is not personally based. Many times, it is built-up anger and hatred for their job, personal life, and other personal issues that these officers have that causes them to take their anger out on the little guy: someone the police can victimize. Just because the police have personal issues, does not mean that they have any right to treat accused members of society with physical abuse that is by many standards, cruel and unusual punishment.

Many officers treat their job as just a job. But the job of a police officer is much more than just a job. A police officer has a responsibility to protect and serve. Lead by example. This statement is on many officers’ badges. What kind of example of level-headedness does a police officer show to our great city’s younger children as well as the adult members of society, when they themselves cannot reign in their own emotions?

In this case, Dillard was originally picked up by police after a neighbor called, complaining that Dillard was in the neighbor’s yard, talking about hurting himself and someone else. The police picked him up and Dillard went the mental facility. That police officer did the right thing by allowing the legal system figure out what Dillard’s fate would be. However, the officers that shot Dillard allowed their own inability to handle the situation cause the death of a man who did not deserve to die.

When the police pull a gun, either bullet-filled or a taser, the police are taking someone’s life in their hands. The repercussions of an inexperienced, emotion-driven, or angry police officer can be catastrophic. However, if one obtains an experienced Jacksonville police crimes attorney to fight one’s case, one can make sure that the actions of the police will not go unpunished and that one will have the best defense possible for the crime that the police believe that the accused has allegedly committed.


One should not risk going to jail for a long period of time when an experienced attorney can make sure that their best defense is brought forth and their rights fought are fought for. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Sources: Man dies after being stunned with Taser, The Associated Press, The Bradenton Herald