|Reid was an articulate man from a religious family. (Photo of Reid speaking at his grandmother's 85th birthday celebration, Shady Grove Baptist Church, Pelzer, S. C.)|
Calvon Andreleus Reid was allegedly being pursued by police who claim they couldn't subdue him because of his size. Police first told the family that Reid was running away when he ran into a car, hit his head, and went into a coma. Reid was transported to Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla. where he died. He lived near Miami.
Reid was in the hospital for two days before his parents were notified. Mamie Reid, the man's mother, told family members, "When I saw my son lying there, I said I was glad that God had taken him out of this world. After I accepted the fact that he was gone, then I got angry." Reid is survived by two young sons, one who is 11 years old.
Additional information just released said Reid was tased three times by four policemen before his death. - http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-creek-police-tasering-20150227-story.html
This may be another case of police brutality or excessive force being used in Florida, but questions surrounding the circumstances remain unanswered. The family is waiting for the police report to provide further details. A cursory search for arrest records for Reid were not found online.
After an autopsy, the body will be flown to Greenville, S.C. for services on Monday. This story is still developing.
Reid's obituary is now posted at http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1059852/Reid-Calvon.php
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church,
140 Shady Grove Road, Pelzer, S.C.
Watkins and Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of the service - 1011 Augusta Street, Greenville, S.C. (864-242-1144)
If you are confronted with a similar situation, the family should not go to the police asking for answers because the situation could turn volatile. Always take representatives of the NAACP, the SCLC, the NAN, or a group of knowledgeable and calm church members to request a report as soon as possible.
According to KILLED BY POLICE -
At least 175 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2015.
At least 1,101 were killed in 2014.
At least 2,040 have been killed since May 1, 2013.
Another Black man was tasered to death in Atlanta in 2004. Read the story at: http://www.wingcomltd.com/Articles/taser.htm