LA MARQUE — The family of a man who died shortly after a struggle with police, during which he was shocked with a Taser, has settled a federal wrongful death suit filed against the city of La Marque.
Jamal Valentine, 27, died May 17, 2009, after he fought off officers who confronted him following motorists’ reports of seeing him walking down the middle of Main Street and rolling around on the ground.
Valentine’s death was caused by high levels of phencyclidine and cocaine in his system that exacerbated a state known as excited delirium, as well as “blunt head trauma during police restraint,” and was ruled a homicide by the Galveston County medical examiner.
Excited delirium is a manic state in which a person appears frantic while adrenaline pumps into the body at a high rate.
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