Archive for the 'Liability lawsuits' Category

USA – Millvale, Pennsylvania settles Taser lawsuit for $37,500 (2014-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Millvale (pop. 4000) has reached a $37,500 settlement in the case of Thomas Jason James Smith who was tasered repeatedly in September 2012, after he was handcuffed.]] Post-Gazette Millvale paid $37,500 to resolve a lawsuit filed by a resident who was shocked with a Taser while handcuffed, according to documents released to […]

USA – Moberly, Missouri: Taser Clears Suit Over Fatal Cop Confrontation (2014-04-08)

Posted on April 8 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A woman whose son, Stanley Harlan, pulled over for speeding, died of cardiac arrest because police officers Tasered him in the chest for 30 seconds cannot sue the device maker, the 8th Circuit ruled. Mr Harlan immediately lost consciousness and was not responsive by the time the paramedics arrived. He was pronounced […]

USA – Taser company says device saves lives after wrongful death lawsuit filed in Bangor, Maine (2014-04-04)

Posted on April 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Phillip McCue, 28, lost consciousness and died five days after he was tasered in September 2012. The autopsy report concluded that it was not the taser that killed him but bath salts that caused cardiac arrest. “The Taser hits are not a factor in the death,” Maine’s chief medical examiner said. Phillip’s […]

USA – Novi, Michigan: Judge Brian MacKenzie accused of trading jail time for dropping potential civil suit against police [for taser abuse] (2014-03-24)

Posted on March 24 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A defense Attorney captures judge’s alleged push for deal on recording. Four years ago the judge offered trading jail time for dropping a civil suit — a civil suit that had not even been filed. As Marquin Stanley started to clean out his pocket in a police when he was tasered. The […]

USA – Marion County, Florida Stun Guns Ruled Illegal; Hopeful for Replacements (2014-02-18)

Posted on February 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: One of several examples of police looking to replace its “Karbon tasers” (see “Karbon” in the general index) following TASER International’s successful federal trademark infringement lawsuit involving Karbon Arms stun guns. More than 200 “tasers” are involved in the county in central Florida (pop. 335,000), each costing nearly $1000. A court ruled […]

USA – Why Taser is paying millions in secret ‘suspect injury or death’ settlements (2013-12-13)

Posted on December 13 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: TASER International says it “doesn’t settle” in liability cases, but this report shopws it has. The company has agreed to pay a total of $2.3 million in settlements to plaintiffs who had sued the company in product liability cases. But most settlements are surrounded by non-disclosure clauses. For years, TASER has battled […]

USA – Vigil for South Florida Graffiti Artist in Stun Gun Death (2103-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A vigil is being held in Miami Beach for a 18-yr-old graffiti artist Israel “Reefa” Hernandez’-Llach who died after he was shocked by police with a Taser in August 2013. He had spray-painted a vacant McDonald’s café wall. family has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department claiming […]

USA – Richmond, Virginia: Appeals Court Tosses $6M Verdict Against Taser (2013-11-25)

Posted on November 25 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A federal appeals court has tossed out a more than $6 million award to the family of a North Carolina teenager who died after being shocked with a Taser. In 2008 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner died of cardiac arrest after a police officer fired the Taser twice, holding the trigger […]

CANADA – Tasered Mississauga, Ontario senior files $1.1M lawsuit against cops (2013-11-02)

Posted on November 2 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : An 80-year-old Mississauga, Ont., woman with dementia and her daughter are suing three police officers and the Peel Regional Police Services Board for Tasering the elderly woman twice on August 28, during an incident that left her with a broken hip. The senior is suing for $1.1 million and her […]

USA – Lawsuit: Arkansas Cop Chased and Tased Woman After She Refused to Show Him Her Breasts – At her job, no less. (2013-10-31)

Posted on October 31 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A city cop in Arkansas chased a woman through her workplace, shooting a Taser at her, because she refused to show him her breasts, the woman claims in court. This was in December 2011. He first threatened her with a taser and when she ran away tasered her. Ashlea Bennett […]

CANADA – Edmonton, Alberta police again on hot seat over 2006 Stanley Cup Tasering (2013-10-30)

Posted on October 30 2013 by admin

[[Brian Fish, a 73-yr-old  Edmonton lawyer says he’s still looking for justice 7 years after he was wrongfully arrested and tasered at the 2006 Edmonton Stanley Cup celebrations, His son phoned him to says the police were getting out-of-control. He arrived with a camera. When police told him to stop, he refused. Fish said he […]

USA – California Mother Says Police Tasered Her Mentally Ill Son To Death (2013-10-27)

Posted on October 27 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A mother in Riverside, Calif., claims police Tasered her son, Anthony James Lawson, to death after mistaking him for a burglar, claiming claims her son was unarmed and posed no threat, when he was Tasered and beaten with a baton. She is suing the county sheriff’s office for damages. Mrs […]

USA – Hurst, Texas joins cities reviewing Taser policies (2013-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The town of Hurst is joining the list of North Texas cities that are reviewing their policies on Tasers after confusion over a warning from the manufacturer regarding the risks of using the device. The close-by town of Manfield temporarily banned the use of Tasers three weeks ago after they received […]

USA – Brooklyn, New York judge rules that NYPD officers used excessive force in fatal Tasering (2103-10-07)

Posted on October 7 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Will justice finally be done? In September 2008 Iman Morales, a mentally ill man, was Tasered by police on a building ledge, causing him to fall to his death. The police had claimed he was violent as he was hold a long neon light-tube. His family launched a liability lawsuit. A […]

USA – San Bernadino, California – Kephart death [in May 2011] draws $4.25 million settlement (2013-10-03)

Posted on October 3 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Allen Kephart died after receiving multiple taser discharges in 2011 in what was clearly excessive use of force. The municipality has agreed to pay $4.25-million in damages to his family. The coroner determined the cause of death as “Obesity, Physical Duress in Altercation While Being Taken into Custody,” labeling Kephart’s death […]

USA – Madera, California settles civil rights suit over Taser mistake for $775,000 (2013-10-02)

Posted on October 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 11 years ago police mistook a firearm for a taser. $775,000 out-of-court settlement with the family has been agreed. The officer, “accidentally” killed 24-year-old Everardo Torres as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. At the time, “no one foresaw a weapon confusion issue,” and since then tasers […]

USA – Burleson and Alvarado, Texas Police Departments still suspending use of Tasers (2013-10-01)

Posted on October 1 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Small municipalities are worried about possible taser liability lawsuits. Police chief says: “There is some question over labeling which says that Tasers could cause serious injury or death,” so five small country police departments have withdrawn (at least temporarily) all tasers on the advice of the city’s attorneys, who have read […]

USA – Fort Worth, Texas: Concerns of liability may force more cities to rethink use of Tasers (2013-09-28)

Posted on September 28 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Call for a moratorium on tasers: Michael Jacobs Jr. was a 24-year-old mental patient who died in April 2009 after being shot with a “stun gun,” – asccording to a memorial to him at the time, he was “tortured alive for 54 seconds with a 50,000 volt Taser gun”. Mr Jacobs’ […]

UK – Liverpool: Taser victim sues police despite IPCC saying use was justified (2013-09-27)

Posted on September 27 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : 23-year-old James McCarthy suffered a heart attack after being hit with stun gun by officers during Liverpool hotel brawl last year. Mr McCarthy was hit twice, including by one discharge that lasted 11 seconds, and suffered a cardiac arrest. His lawyer is now pursuing a civil claim against Merseyside police for […]

USA – Knoxville, Tennessee: ‘I See This Every Day’ [man in epileptic seizure tasered] (2013-07-02)

Posted on July 2 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Zachary Allen Dunfee is suing Sevierville Police Department, the city, and two police Officers after beinmg tasered because it looked like he was having a seizure due to consumption of or withdrawal from methamphetamine or bath salts. His mother had called 911 for a medical emergency because he was having a […]