Police Set a Suicidal Man on Fire
On July 10, 2017, Gabriel Eduardo Olivas poured gasoline over his body and threatened to kill himself. After Olivas’ son called 911, three officers from the Arlington Police Department in Texas — who recognized that tasering Olivas would set him on fire and voiced this fact — tasered him anyway after seeing an object that allegedly appeared to be a lighter in Olivas’ hands.
The house burned down and Olivas sustained injuries on 85 percent of his body. He ultimately passed away, his life callously ended by the very police officers who were called to help him when he was vulnerable and in distress. Seeking accountability, Olivas’ family brought forth a lawsuit, but the officers were granted qualified immunity and the family received no justice or relief.