The summer of 2014 has certainly been a hot one for Black males falling victim to police brutality. In the midst of the slayings of Eric Garner, Mike Brown and John Crawford this summer at the hands of police, 38-year-old Pennsylvania man, Jose Paulino, Jr. can be added to that list. Like the others, Paulino was unarmed.
At 4 AM Friday evening, Paulino was allegedly running around the parking lot of Fergley’s Mini-Mart in Tamaqua, PA causing a commotion. Concerned bystanders called 9-1-1 reporting Paulino. Four police showed up on the scene. They tased Paulino several times for “failure to comply.” Paulino died on the way to St. Luke’s Hospital in Coaldale, PA.
The investigation into Paulino’s death is being conducted by the State Police’s Major Crimes Unit and the Schuykill County District Attorney. An autopsy described by Schuylkill County Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan III as “the most extensive autopsy” he’d ever seen came up inconclusive. More tests are to be run which, according to Moylan, may take a few weeks.
Paulino’s criminal record may work against him in the pursuit of justice. His rap sheet lists charges such as disorderly conduct and theft. He and a female companion were allegedly charged with attempting to lure children into a vehicle and stalking by Norristown Police, but those charges were dropped.
View WFMZ-TV 69’s coverage here.