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A Taser holstered on a police officer's belt. Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Two former Oklahoma police officers who used Tasers over 50 times on an unarmed man who later died have been convicted of second-degree murder, the New York Times reported Monday.

Why it matters: The death of Jared Lakey, 28, from a heart attack following his July 2019 arrest brought to the fore the issue of police using stun guns, with advocates arguing they're safer than firearms and critics saying they've contributed to "many fatalities," the NYT notes.

  • It's also an example of excessive force being used by police, argued prosecutors — who noted that "in Oklahoma, officers are only permitted to use the degree of force "reasonably necessary under the circumstances," according to the NYT.
  • Police were instructed that the use of Tasers should be limited to 15 seconds, prosecutors said, per the NYT. Lakey's exposure exceeded three minutes.

Details: Brandon Dingman and Joshua Taylor, then serving Wilson, Oklahoma, police officers, were responding to a call that "involved Lakey acting in a disorderly way," per an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation statement.

  • The pair repeatedly used their Tasers when Lakey didn't comply, the bureau said. Lakey was hospitalized and died in custody two days later.
  • The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined his death was due to complications of a heart attack "and law enforcement use of electrical weapon and restraint," according to the Daily Ardmoreite.

Of note: A jury in Carter County, Oklahoma, on Friday also found Dingman and Taylor guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, per the NYT.

  • The second-degree murder charge carries a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

What's next: Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

  • Lawyers for Dingman and Taylor said they would appeal the convictions.

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New report hits DOJ over lack of police shooting data

Demonstrations followed the shooting of Dijon Kizzee by Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies in 2020. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

A new government accountability report says the Department of Justice failed to consistently publish an annual summary of police excessive force data from 2016 to 2020, as required by federal law.

Why it matters: The data is crucial for the DOJ to monitor excessive force cases, and used to investigate law enforcement agencies with patterns of abuse. The DOJ can pivot off it to pursue court action to force reforms.

JPMorgan: "Full global recovery" in 2022

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JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.