- Police are dispatched at 3:09 for a disturbance.
- Police unit arrives at 3:18.
- Police call for EMS at 3:28.
- EMS arrives at 3:33.
- EMS leaves scene w/ patient at 3:58.
- EMS arrives at hospital at 4:10.
MIDDLE RIVER, Md. (WJZ) — Police provide a new timetable into the death of a man just three days after his violent struggle with Baltimore County police. It’s a case that’s getting national attention and scrutiny.
His loved ones are still demanding answers about how Tawon Boyd, 21, died. It followed a struggle with Baltimore County police officers.
So far, the county executive and the police chief have declined requests to speak to WJZ about the investigation.
“It was a lot of commotion,” said Kenitra Smith, Boyd’s former co-worker and neighbor. “It was disgusting. I’m so upset. Condolences to the family. I just want to know how it happened.”
Now, WJZ is digging further into the police report detailing the chaotic scene. It says Boyd’s girlfriend told officers he was drinking and smoking marijuana.
Police say Boyd appeared confused and paranoid. He believed someone was secretly recording him and tried to get inside two responding police cruisers, then running to a neighbor’s home, yelling “call the police!”
Police say Boyd refused commands to stop. What they called his “violent resisting” lasted about five minutes. By the end, four officers were holding him down.
Police say Boyd grabbed at officers, kicking one in the head and holding onto another, who punched him in the face twice with a closed fist.
“One police officer got his arm around his neck like this, punching him, punching him,” said Deona Styron, Boyd’s fiancee.
Boyd continued to resist, so officers say they used their fully body weight to restrain him.
WJZ also got a new timeline of the incident:
“They could have dealt with this in a different matter because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind,” said Roland Johnson.
Medics administered something–redacted in the report–that ultimately led Boyd to calm down. He still had a heartbeat when he was transported to the hospital.
There were two 911 calls. They have not been released.
Police believe Boyd made the first call at 3:06 a.m. The tape consists mostly of screaming from Boyd and his girlfriend.
Based on the call, police were dispatched.
The second call came in at 3:25 a.m. Again, there was screaming. It is unclear who placed the call.