Friday, April 23, 2010

#Taser Update

-Family Sues Police, Taser Manufacturer Over Death
COLUMBUS -- The family of a Miami University student who died after police used a taser on him is suing both the city of Oxford and the taser manufacturer.
The lawsuit filed by the family of Kevin Piskura states police were not properly trained in using the taser and the company misrepresented the facts about the dangers of the device.

--2 officers in Taser incident back on job
Two central Indiana police officers suspended after allegedly slapping and shocking an unruly 10-year-old boy with a Taser gun are back on the job.
Martinsville police Capt. William Jennings and patrolman Darrel Johnson were reinstated with limited desk duties Monday by a city disciplinary panel, pending the results of a Morgan County Sheriff's Department investigation.

--Questions swirl around unexplained Taser death
More than a month after Jaesun Ingels died when Midlothian police used a Taser to subdue him, his family can only wonder why the 31-year-old perished in the early morning hours of March 10.
The Riverdale parolee claimed a past checkered with violence and drug use, and he had a penchant for fleeing authorities. But Ingels' family struggles to comprehend how a late-night traffic stop left the otherwise healthy man dead in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store on Pulaski Road.

--Vigil Held 1 Year After Fort Worth Taser Death
The spot where community leaders, friends and family of Michael Jacobs Jr. gathered for a vigil Sunday in Fort Worth was the same location where he was shot and killed by a charge from a Taser stun gun one year ago.
"They hit him with the Taser and he was on the ground shaking," said Jacobs' father, Michael Jacobs, Sr. "They didn't realize he wasn't breathing."

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