Archive for the 'Settlements for abuse' 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 – Seaford, Delaware: Taser Police Suit Settled for $270,000 (2014-05-01)

Posted on May 1 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Seaford (pop 2,800) has settled a civil suit with Reginald Johnson, who was tasered at a traffic stop. Mr Johnson protested that he had done nothing wrong, the two officers could be heard laughing and joking about planting drugs in Johnson’s car. His attorney, Stephen Norman, told the paper that the settlement […]

UK – Avon & Somerset police footing biggest ever compensation bill after unlawful arrests and false imprisonment [including taser abuse](2014-04-16)

Posted on April 16 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Settlement for taser abuse may not be very high by US standards, but they are increasingly part of the “cost” of taser deployment in the UK.]] Western Gazette False imprisonment, unlawful arrests, the use of excessive force, compensation resulting from the use of a Taser, and dog bites are all among the […]

USA – Should Vermont restrict police use of Tasers? Electronic devices described as both a deadly threat and lifesaver (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Vermont Senate committee hears conflicting view on taser deployment. Some say it should be used instead of a firearm. The ACLU warns of insufficient training has made Tasers too dangerous in Vermont and the cost of settlements. A police training director says police are trained to use a Taser when a […]

USA – Should Vermont restrict police use of Tasers? Electronic devices described as both a deadly threat and lifesaver (2014-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A Senate committee hears conflicting view on taser deployment. Some say it should be used instead of a firearm. The ACLU warns of insufficient training has made Tasers too dangerous in Vermont and the cost of settlements. A training director says police are trained to use a Taser when a subject is […]

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 – Vermont: Update! New Total For Taser Lawsuits Over Quarter Million Dollars (2014-04-03)

Posted on April 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The possible costs of settlements for taser (ab)use should be part of the decision-making before any authority adopts tasers.  The ACLU (Vermont) argues that taser settlements can be very expensive for municipalities, citing the $269,500 paid out  since 2004 in seven different lawsuits alleging Taser abuse by Vermont police. If the Taser […]

USA – Morro Bay, California: Parties reach a settlement in a Morro Bay bar Tasering case (2014-02-26)

Posted on February 26 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: 23-year-old Brian Lopez Martinez was tasered following a scuffle with police in a bar. He was about to launch a civil case against Morro Bay munipality, pleading no contest to a count of interfering with an officer and receiving a $20,000 settlement – This was agreed out-of-court.]] New Times, by Jone Kinkade […]

USA – Long Beach, California to pay $380,000 to man beaten and Tasered by police (2014-01-22)

Posted on January 22 2014 by admin

 [[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Long Beach agrees to a $441,000 settlement after a jury finds that officers arrested Perry Grays, , a married father of three who worked as a security guard, without probable cause and used excessive and unreasonable force against him – Tasering and beating him with flashlights by police when he asked for […]

USA – Chariton, Iowa: Settlement reached: Woman Tased By Police (2013-12-23)

Posted on December 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A settlement for an undisclosed amount was reached in the case of a mentally ill woman, 34-year-old Amy Storm on May 31, 2012 who was tasered by Chariton Police, even after she had been hog-tied and handcuffed.]] WHO-tv, by Aaron Brilbeck A settlement was reached in the case of a mentally ill […]

USA – Tampa, Florida approves $165,000 settlement of lawsuit over arrest of deaf man (2013-12-19)

Posted on December 19 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: City Council votes to pay $165,000 to settle an excessive-force lawsuit brought by a deaf man whom police punched, kicked and stunned with a Taser on an Ybor City sidewalk nearly four years ago.]] Tampa Bay Times, by Richard Danielson TAMPA — The City Council on Thursday voted to pay $165,000 to […]

USA – Vermont settles civil suit in stun gun death (2013-12-14)

Posted on December 14 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Vermont attorney general’s office has paid a symbolic amount of $30,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the girlfriend of an Macadam Mason, an unarmed man who died after a state trooper shot him with a stun gun in June 2012. (See related posts in the SEARCH box) NECN.com http://www.necn.com/12/14/13/Vt-settles-civil-suit-in-stun-gun-death/landing.html?&apID=6c0d88640be5456fbbe8da53bc0daa41 CHELSEA, […]

USA – South Florida: Broward Sheriff’s Office settles Dania couple’s false arrest lawsuit for $350,000 (2013-12-06)

Posted on December 6 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Very brief post … Tasered for being too noisy? Jorge Rodriguez, 50, was stunned several times with a Taser, tackled and beaten in front of his children and friends during a party at his home on Dec. 6, 2009, the lawsuit stated. He has agreed to a $350,000 settlement after filing a […]

USA – Stun gun study by Ohio police targets improvements (2013-11-13)

Posted on November 13 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A new report by nine Ohio police agencies aims to improve taser use standards, but that there’s still more work to be done. Tasers – wrongly reported here as being used in 100 countries – in the report “may carry the risk of injury or death to the offender.” The […]

USA – San Rafael, California will pay $185,000 settlement for Taser incident (2013-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : San Rafael is paying $185,000 to two men, Gregory Sullivan and Koji Fujtia, who filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city over a 2011 Taser incident. No admission of liability or action against the police who wntered their home following an argument over a dog. “They shot me in the […]

USA – Meadville man [who had previously lost an eye in a taser incident] arrested in Missouri (2013-10-24)

Posted on October 24 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (For the taser reference, see section in italics towards the end.) Michael Mondo, with a long police record, and struggling with paranoid schizophrenia, lost his right eye after a Tasering incident with Meadville Police more than two years ago. The police tasered him before a medical crisis team could intervene. Mr […]

USA – Springdale, Pennsylvania insurance carrier pays $225,000 over Taser incident (2013-10-08)

Posted on October 8 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A small town’s insurance covers cost of taser abuse case – but at what cost to renewing the insurance? Is this really a free ride for tax-payers? Springdale Borough’s (pop. 3,500) insurance carrier paid $225,000 to settle a federal lawsuit involving alleged civil rights violations: the tasering of Gary Cahill in […]

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 – San Jose Police Taser Man to Death and Cost City $1 Million (2013-07-23)

Posted on July 23 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The city of San Jose must pay $1 million to the family of a truck driver who was Tasered to death by four police officers. Steve Salinas, 47, was naked and high on PCP when police confronted him at a motel in 2007. One officer tasered him 10 times in 93 […]

USA – San Jose, California Jury awards $1 million in police Taser case (2013-07-12)

Posted on July 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A federal jury Friday found that a former San Jose police officer used “unreasonable” force by repeatedly jolting a naked, unarmed truck driver – Steve Salinas, 47 – who was high on PCP with a Taser — and awarded $1 million to his family for his wrongful death. The police officer […]