A mother’s quest for police records on the death of her son

Rochelle Reynolds had lots of questions after her 25-year-old son, John, died following an early-morning encounter with police in the western Colorado town of Olathe in April 2015.

The Montrose County coroner ruled the death a suicide: John Reynolds, a registered sex offender with an active felony warrant for his arrest, fatally wounded himself with a sword-shaped letter opener before being Tased by an officer and then handcuffed.

For Rochelle Reynolds, who lives in Akron, Ohio, the bizarre circumstances of John’s death were difficult to grasp. She couldn’t understand how her son had the strength to charge at a police officer – who used his Taser on Reynolds multiple times – while suffering mortal stab wounds. Continue…