FORT WORTH -- The family of a man who died after being shocked with a Taser says police video shows the man did not resist.

The raid by Fort Worth police in May 2013 was captured by helmet cameras worn by officers. Lawyers for the family of Jermaine Darden obtained the video and released it to News 8.

Fort Worth officers came with a 'no knock' warrant after undercover cocaine buys at the home last year. They wanted surprise in case anyone inside was armed.

There were several people in the little house on Thannisch Avenue, including children. Jermaine Darden, 34, was kneeling on a couch, and may have been sleeping.

According to police reports, during the raid Darden stood up with one officer on his back and tried to leave.

You don't see that on the video. You do hear a struggle as police order him to stop resisting. You then hear the pop of the Taser device. Police jolted him again 16 seconds later.

In the video, people in the house scream at officers that Darden can't breathe. He was under six feet tall, but weighed well over 300 pounds. He had a history of asthma, and as it turned out, severe heart disease.

The video shows four or five officers pressing on Darden's back and pulling on his arms and hands to get him cuffed. First with zip ties, and then metal cuffs.

His sister, Angela Tyson watched the video, wiping away tears.

'Anger. Hurt,' she said, describing her feelings watching it. 'Nobody is listening to the cries in the house that he's not fighting you. He just can't breathe.'

Officers said he resisted commands. Angela Tyson said it didn't look like he was resisting at all.

Officers propped Darden in a sitting position while they secured the house, then called MedStar. Eight minutes later, medics found him unresponsive. It's unclear when he stopped breathing.

The medical examiner ruled the death 'natural' due to heart disease and application of restraint. According to the autopsy report, there was no direct contribution by the Taser shock.

Tests also revealed K2, also known as synthetic marijuana, in his blood.

'Jermaine's civil rights were violated,' Angela Tyson said. 'He had a right to breathe.'

Because of a possible lawsuit, Fort Worth police declined to comment.

Jermaine Darden is at least the seventh person to die after being shocked by Fort Worth police.

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