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Barstow man dies in custody after being Tasered by officers on Interstate 15

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A Barstow man died in handcuffs yesterday after he was Tasered by officers who had been trying to subdue him, police said.

The incident began Monday morning at about 2 a.m., when officers from the California Highway Patrol and Barstow Police Department were called to Interstate 15 near Lenwood Road in Barstow. According to CHP Officer Mario Lopez, as reported in the San Bernardino Sun, the officers arrived to find a man in his 20s acting wildly and running around on the freeway.

The man, who has not been identified, began throwing rocks at the officers, Lopez said, which is when they used their Tasers on him “to subdue him and contain the situation.”

But after finally catching and handcuffing the man, the officers realized he wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, Lopez told the Sun. Paramedics could not revive him, and he was pronounced dead at Barstow Community Hospital.

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Lancaster mayoral candidate gets Tasered, loses election

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David Grajeda

It’s been a tough race for David Grajeda, who had hoped to become mayor of Lancaster if only to be allowed back into City Hall.

Instead, two nights before Tuesday’s election, he wound up getting Tasered by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend outside a Palmdale movie theater. After that he was taken to the hospital, then arrested for violating a domestic violence restraining order.

Grajeda, 26, is no stranger to restraining orders. According to the LA Daily News, he was barred outright from Lancaster City Hall after being arrested in October for disrupting a commission meeting. Grajeda was a frequent speaker at government meetings (i.e. gadfly) who city leaders didn’t trust.

“We view him as a threat,” the incumbent mayor, R. Rex Parris, told the Daily News.

Grajeda, undeterred, has said he was running in order to win back the right to enter City Hall, and to show other citizens that anybody can run for mayor.

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