| By Carl Prine and Jill King Greenwood |
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Ten minutes after his best friend dropped him at his Swissvale home Aug. 4, Andre DeMon "Dre" Thomas, 37, would be jolted with a Taser three times by police, then cuffed and put into an ambulance, where his heart would fail and he would die. What began with baby-back ribs, baseball scores and a bottle of wine ended in widely diverging allegations of police brutality, rival autopsies and a theory by Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. that Thomas might have been coked up and resisting Swissvale police with "almost superhuman strength" about two blocks from where he lived.
Interviews with seven people who claim to have witnessed Thomas' confrontation with police, two prominent pathologists who examined Tribune-Review photographs of Thomas' body, and six friends and relatives who saw him that evening paint a different picture of his final moments.
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