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Fort Worth Pays $2 Million In Taser Death

Published May 19, 2010 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The city of Fort Worth has offered the family of a man killed by an officer’s Taser $2 million to settle their lawsuit, although the city admits no wrong doing, reports the Star-Telegram.

On April 18, 2009, police were called to the home of the man’s parents because he was causing a disturbance. Although he had a history of mental illness, the officer fired two Taser shots to bring him down – one hitting him in the neck and one hitting him in the chest. He then fell face down onto the ground. When he did not comply with the officers’ instructions to put his hands behind his back, an officer pulled the Taser trigger two more times. The man stopped breathing and was pronounced dead a short time later at John Peter Smith Hospital.

Four months following the death, Phoenix-based Taser International issued a bulletin advising the darts not be shot into a person’s chest “when possible.” In addition, when shot at people showing symptoms of exhaustion, distress or agitated delirium, they are at “significant risk of arrest-related death.”

Wrongful death cases are always emotional. You should not release anyone from liability without first knowing all of your legal rights and what redress is available to you and your family. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, has vast experience in wrongful death law suits. If you feel you or a loved one has suffered due to wrongful death, call our 24- hour answering service at (607) 724-7700 or contact us via our online contact form. There are no case-review costs.

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