George Zapantis, a 30-year-old Greek-American, died in Queens, New York, under unclear circumstances, during his arrest and after being tasered by the police.
A video that was shot by a neighbor, shows that Zapantis was unarmed when he was finally immobilized and received the fatal blows.
The family’s lawyer, George Vomvolakis, argued that the tasers release a very large electric charge and that the police ignored the repeated protests of the 30-year-old that he could not breathe.
It is noted that the police were notified by a passing neighbor who witnessed the quarrel that Zapantis had with his neighbor, stating that the Greek-American was holding a gun, but this was not the case.
When the police arrived, the incident was over and everyone had returned home.
“They went to his house, but we don’t know exactly what happened after that”, said Mr. Vomvolakis, noting that he was waiting for the footage from the cameras worn by the police.