JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – News4JAX obtained video and photos from the State’s Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit on Friday as part of the investigation into the death of Daniel Taylor, who died following an altercation with corrections officers.
I-TEAM learned Thursday that the officers were not charged. Some of the videos and photos released today are too graphic to post, but taken together they reveal some of Taylor’s final moments and the aftermath of that altercation.
This video shows Taylor, 30, handcuffed and walking with an officer on his way to being booked into Duval County Jail in August 2021. He is seen standing handcuffed for several minutes.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Taylor was charged with trespassing at the Omni Hotel and arrested for a misdemeanor. According to the sheriff’s office, he made his first court appearance and was due for release but was told he had to return to his cell to await the release process.
According to the state’s attorney’s office, Taylor refused to return to his cell, and prison officers became involved in a struggle that quickly escalated, with Taylor battling multiple officers for over 30 minutes. JSO says one of the officers was bitten, and the state’s attorney’s office said Taylor repeatedly banged his head on the floor, leaving a bloody cut on his forehead.
The state’s attorney’s office said the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department arrived to take Taylor to the hospital, giving him ketamine to calm him down, as they say he was still combative.
In what appears to be the same parking lot where Taylor was seen waiting to be booked, he is seen being loaded into an ambulance.
The video below shows when Taylor arrived for the reservation and when JFRD was then called in to help.
According to the state’s attorney’s office, Taylor stopped resisting after being given ketamine. Shortly after, he lost consciousness and went into cardiac arrest. Taylor died a week later.
This investigative report from the state’s attorney’s office shows multiple drugs were found in Taylor’s system, with toxicology testing indicating Taylor took the drugs while in prison.
The SAO states in its report, “In light of these conflicting medical opinions and the facts that 1) no correctional staff used inappropriate force and 2) ketamine was not a contributing cause. upon death, we will take no further action in this matter.
With the criminal investigation complete, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office will now begin its internal investigation.
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