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Chicago police used Taser on man who has died

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Dominique Franklin Jr., 23, of the 21000 block of Olivia Avenue in south suburban Sauk Village, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 4:49 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a Cook County Medical Examiner Office's announcement. His death occurs two weeks after he was subjected to the use of a Taser gun in Chicago’s Old Town Triangle neighborhood by Chicago police when he was persued for a shoplifting incident. The incident occurred outside of a retail store in the 200 block of West North Avenue at approximately 12:10 a.m. on May 7, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Wednesday.

Persons who witnessed the incident during the theft said that Franklin ran away from a police officer outside of the Walgreens located at 2100 North Wells Street in New Town, according to an NBC News report. That’s when the officer “Tased” him and Franklin fell against a light pole, reportedly hitting his head against the light pole. The suspect was then taken to Northwestern Hospital by ambulance. At the hospital, he was charged with two counts of resisting a policeman and one felony count of retail theft. The suspect was also arrested on a warrant at the time. An autopsy will be conducted on Wednesday.