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Mesquite, TX — Kathy and Robert Dyer got a phone call one night that is every parent’s nightmare — their son, Graham, was in the hospital. The 18-year-old boy had been severely injured during a struggle with police and was fighting for his life — a fight he would lose.

When Kathy and Robert got to the hospital that night, police refused to let them see their son. “They said he was in serious trouble — that he had felony charges for assaulting an officer,” Kathy recalled.

Graham had taken LSD that night and his friends called police after he had a bad reaction to it. Police claimed Graham injured himself as they drove him to jail. While the video does show Graham flailing back and forth, police failed to mention to the parents that they’d tortured him, repeatedly, with a taser — including deploying it on his genitalia.

This tragic incident happened on August 14, 2013, but Kathy and Robert are only now finding out what happened to their son. For more than two years, the Mesquite police department would keep the video of Graham — before he went to the hospital — a secret. Now, after watching the video, we know why.

Thanks to the work of Eric Dexheimer at Austin’s MyStatesman, the Dyer’s story is now being told and the Mesquite police department is getting some much-deserved attention.

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As MyStatesman reports:

It seemed improbable the five officers who’d brought him in couldn’t safely subdue Graham. The youngest of the Dyers’ three children was small and slight — 5-foot-4, 110 pounds. He was a skateboarder, not a linebacker.

As the morning passed, a series of scans showed Graham’s brain activity slowing to a stop. “The worst day ever,” Kathy said. Their son’s autopsy said he died of self-inflicted head injuries — an accident, the medical examiner concluded.

Even in the dark days following their son’s death, the Dyers tended to believe the police. Why wouldn’t they? Kathy, a civil engineer, and Robert, a teacher, were solid citizens.

Even though they were originally inclined to believe police, they continued to ask more and more questions, like what were all those “chicken feet” scratches all over Graham’s body? Or, why did the emergency room doctor’s notes say Graham appeared to be a victim of assault?

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However, when Kathy and Robert went down to the Mesquite police department, they were not given answers to any of their questions — because police weren’t required to answer any of them.

According to the ridiculous state law, police departments aren’t required to hand over records for any incidents that don’t result in a conviction. Since police killed Graham before he was able to stand trial for his alleged crimes, they were shielded from handing over the evidence.

For years, the Dyers would fight to get this information from police. Finally, because of their persistence, the Dyers finally obtained the video footage from their son’s last hours alive. When they viewed it for the first time, they realized everything police said that happened that night was a lie.

Those chicken feet scratches, they would learn, were from taser prongs.

The family hired Susan Hutchison to build a civil rights case against the department. During her investigation, horrifying details emerged.

As My Statesman reports, Hutchison said the additional information contained more troubling details about Graham’s interaction with the police. Taser records indicated four officers shocked him multiple times, she said. As Graham is being stunned with a Taser in the back seat of the cruiser, one can be heard saying: “Mother[expletive], I’m going to kill you.”

And kill him they did.

At one point in the horrifying video, an officer is seen sadistically deploying the taser directly on Graham’s penis. It’s as if these officers enjoyed causing harm to this clearly distressed boy.

When asked about the use of the tasers, the department wrote it off as standard procedure.

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“A Taser was deployed in an effort to control decedent, prevent escape and prevent him from injuring himself,” the city stated in court documents, adding the officer had been aiming for Graham’s leg and it was dark.

However, in the video, we can clearly see the cop hold the taser to Graham’s genitals.

Thanks to the insane laws in Texas protecting police, the Dyers are having a hard time holding any of the cops involved in their son’s death accountable, even with the lawsuit.

As Hutchison said, police departments “In effect, have complete immunity and no accountability—at least in Texas.”

The Dyers aren’t even going after money. As My Statesman reports, Robert said his goal for the lawsuit is modest: “I just want them to say they fucked up.”

“I’m not saying doing LSD wasn’t stupid,” Kathy said. “And things happen. But this should have never happened.”

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    I don’t think I can watch a snuff film like this, so my apologies for being too cowardly to bear witness to this murder. I feel so bleak and helpless right now. Fuck.

    • Cecilia McKinsey

      I’m right there with you. 🙁

    • George III

      Me too! Call me chicken. Once upon a time I would’ve watched this, but if the video really depicts a cop deliberately tasering his penis, it’ll just sicken me. Seriously! Why we have so many people that still think cops are the good guys that follow procedure without malice and intent to inflict premeditated, sadistic, long-term harm, is beyond me!

    • Abz B Zbas

      Yeah, the screenshot is scary enough.

    • Gordon Klock

      Me neither…

    • Zackknowitall

      There is nothing wrong with being being repulsed to violence. Too bad these pigs didn’t feel the same.

  • Thorsten Stier

    As a father I would hunt down these cops and kill them….

    • G’ma G

      It’s coming. Wont be much longer before a family unites and takes out one of these murderous bastards behind badges.

    • Zackknowitall

      We are on the same page “IF” it was my son they would be hating life.

      • sharkboy

        This is all of our children.

    • Mother Earth

      Where do they find these murderers, this is more like Nazi’s during the holocaust when they had free reign to commit mass murder

      • Amor Terra

        It is EXACTLY like the Nazis. And they DO HAVE FREE REIGN to commit murder. Because we don’t stop them.

    • He who has no Name

      Or better yet.. find them.. feed them LSD, hog tie them and electrocute them repeatedly… like they deserve. Killing them would be too nice for the sick bastards who did killed this young man.

      • sharkboy

        right, dont kill them, let their brain activity slowly come to a stop, if it hasnt already.

    • elropo

      And from the looks of the likes you are not alone, why are names and addresses not published in these accounts. All of those guys have neighbors and neighbors can affect revenge.

    • specweapteam

      Amen brother, I am with you.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Can police legally prevent a family member from seeing a hospital patient?

    • Gordon Klock

      Good question, there are several cases, around the country, where they all, seem to keep doing just that….

      • Bill the eighth

        They can and do, they are no concerned with “legality”.

  • Hair2222

    Perhaps they saved his parents from a miserable, but short life of drug use by their son and all other potential lives he may have taken?

    • perhaps your an idiot

      • IceTrey

        No perhaps about it.

    • Abz B Zbas
    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Keep it up, Buttercup!

    • He who has no Name

      Millions of people have been consuming millions of doses of LSD for DECADES… where are all of the headlines about people high on LSD taking the lives or robbing others? Where are all those stories at? I can easily pull up headline after headline after headline of the POLICE taking lives and robbing folks… point being…. The PIGS are more of a scourge and danger to society than LSD… AND that is a statistical and provable FACT that cannot be argued.

    • Amor Terra

      Perhaps you’re a psychopath, who completely lacks empathy or a conscience. What police academy did you attend?

  • Gordon Klock

    I wonder if those cops are even remotely aware, just how profoundly evil that was, & the ‘stonewall’ treatment they gave the poor kid’s family, makes me cringe at the idea of how many unknown, but similar (& ongoing) atrocities, are out there…
    (Be interesting to heavily ‘dose’ said officers, just to see the looks on their faces when threatened with a taser, & then let them go)…..

    • Zackknowitall

      Too bad dad didn’t have the balls to hunt them pigs down the next day it could have saved others from being the victim of police abuse.

      • Will Ewing Sr

        Let me see if I can follow your logic. A man’s son is brutally murdered by a mob of legalized, union and judicially protected, vengeful hitmen and somehow he’s a coward? Hmmm. ok.

        • Zackknowitall

          Yes

    • He who has no Name

      They deserve a dose of what they dished out to this young man. Fucking incompetent bastard. May their guilty minds haunt them all of their days.

  • IceTrey

    “We tased his dick so he wouldn’t hurt himself.”

  • Abz B Zbas

    Let me guess, the “I’m going to kill you motherf**ker” threat was standard protocol as well.

  • DLC2

    Police “accountability” is non-existent across the United States! Please join the demand for NATIONAL ACTION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY AND MURDER!! Over 43,000 are demanding police be held accountable for their murders. Join them! http://www.change.org/p/national-action-against-police-brutality

  • Cliff Webb

    I can’t watch snuff films. Fuck the police.

  • dirtyfrank

    he was banging his own head in the video. the tasers actually subdued him. he inflicted his own wounds to the head causing brain failure. this is obvious, and im no cop groupie, believe me.

    • patriot156

      No they tazed him right in the Fucking brain first, right on the fricking temple that’s what caused the brain injury. Then they tazed him right in the Crotch.

      Used to be people acting this way would of gotten medical help first not cops, or cops would handle the situation better and differently not this way! BS to the they subdued him crap!

    • He who has no Name

      Being in restrained like he was and having a bad trip is a recipe for disaster. There are more peaceful ways of handling situations like this without trauma or death… it’s called harm reduction. These incompetent morons did nothing to help… they did more harm than they prevented. The boy is dead, after they had him in their custody and “care” they have unclean hands and guilty minds.

  • Mother Earth

    Good ol America, Land of the free home of the brave…ha ha what a load of baloney “

  • patriot156

    Yeah wish I’d of not watched it wasn’t going to neither Poor fucking kid.
    Didn’t watch the whole thing though, but yeah they do they taze him right in the temple first then right in his crotch!
    Mental illness Doctors or Doctors should of been the ones called, only cops to be on the side not the forefront.
    The father you see in the before part is balling just like he should from seeing his son like that!
    Sickening.

  • Timothy Russell

    If it was my child I would get everyone one of those fucking cowardous cops and fry them to death with multiple tasers!!! They are no longer cops, they are ARC’s. ARMED REVENUE COLLECTORS!!

  • Ibcamn

    cops are the new homegrown terrorists,they all think they are judge dredd,the punisher all rolled into one,they even proudly display their punisher stiockers in the windows of their squad cars……cowards,pussys,all cops hide behind a badge….faggot cowards,all cops are murders and rapists pedophiles and theives kidnappers and gang members,junkies even and drug dealers,all of the cops are criminals…………….fucking pussys

  • Jim Bronaugh

    These bully queer cops are the norm, rather than the exception. Once it was a nine to one ratio of good cops to bad cops. With the new ‘law and order’ hiring policies, the ratio now is four to six good to bad. The cities hire police leadership who are of the bully queer variety (a bully queer is a man who forces another weaker or disabled man to have anal or oral sex with him. It isn’t for sex. It is a rape and power trip. These bully queer cops also rape women they take into custody). Most police departments are run by bully queers and nothing is ever done to stop them.

    • Gordon Klock

      Impotent misogynists (dangerously jealous, & proudly contemptuous, of everyone else)…

  • Liz O’neill

    did the young man have no parents, no relatives, no friends, because as god is my judge, those cops would pay and pay dearly, and not with cash, as the bible says, an eye for an eye, a life for a life.

    • sharkboy

      is that the bible or Hammurabi?

  • Dennis P Ginther

    It’s easy to see what Police feel about us. Our value as human beings. Yet they want our respect? People these days are more afraid of Police then criminals. Here all the kid did was sin against himself and the Police tortured him for it. So they took part in his murder as far as I’m concerned.

  • hippieatheart63

    For an agency who is responsible for the safety of a person in custody……this is just plain torture. SMDH

  • Charles Ferguson

    That was no accidental misfire, the fucking pig put the taser dead on his nuts and held it there 15-seconds at least

  • John Lappart

    everyone from the mayor , police officials on down who covered up or ignored this crime need to be in prison. Hang them high as a warning to all other scumballs! Maybe drawing and quartering in public would be better.

    • Bill the eighth

      Agreed John. This crap starts from, and is encouraged by, top management, the chief of police, mayor and DA have a lot to answer for.

  • Speckintime

    I have always taught my kids to fight in court not out on the streets, I do not agree with how the cops handled this kid from what I could see on video. What I did see is a very out of control young man that more likely needed to be put in a mental hospital rather then jail. It seems that life anymore holds very little value with people and it’s not just the government.The harvest is plenty but the laborers are few, too many people today will cry like babies after a tragedy yet do nothing when the tragedy is forming.

  • Aaron

    Sadly not surprising though, the police have been doing this for years because they can and get away with it because instead of removing the cancers the protect them… sadly I don’t feel bad for cops getting shot they have damaged their reputations permanently in my book. If they want the communities view of them to change they should start policing themselves

  • WITSION

    The coroner, who is invariably on the side of the police, determined that it was entirely Graham’s fault. No surprise there.

  • 2.7182818284590

    Where’s the video?