Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers: Shocking Examples of Police Taser AbuseAugust 1, 2013
Taser technology now allows police officers to shoot electric barbs to subdue suspects. If you have suffered excessive police brutality with a Taser, you may be able to recover compensation from the police department for your pain and suffering. Here is a look at some shocking examples of police Taser abuse:
Tasing of an 86-Year-Old, Bedridden Woman
In 2009, Oklahoma police responded to a 911 call for medical assistance. When they arrived on the scene, the officers used their Tasers on a bedridden, 86-year-old grandmother multiple times. The police also stepped on her oxygen tube and caused her to pass out. The official police report was written to make the officers look innocent, but the police department eventually settled in a civil case for an undisclosed sum.
Tasing of a Man during a Diabetic Seizure
A Chicago man suffering from diabetes was having a seizure in 2010 that prompted police and paramedics to transfer him to an ambulance. During this seizure, the man involuntarily swung his arm and hit one of the police officers. This man was not under arrest, but the officer Tased him 11 times while he was completely unconscious. The victim filed a civil suit against the police department.
Tasing of a 10-Year-Old Child
In Indiana, police were called to a daycare to help deal with a problem child. Instead of secluding or handcuffing the minor, police used a Taser device on him. This knocked the small child to the ground. Both of the officers involved faced suspension as a result of the incident.
Taser abuse is a serious problem in the law enforcement community. If you suffered from needless Tasing at the hands of police officers, you may have a civil case against the police department. Philadelphia residents should call the law offices of Patrick G. Geckle, LLC at (215)-735-3326 to speak with a skilled civil rights attorney. Our staff can help you stand up for your rights and receive the compensation you deserve. You may also contact us online.