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December 18, 2008 | Associated Press
The city of San Jose will pay $70,000 to the family of a man who died after police used a Taser stun gun on him. Officers said 38-year-old Jose Rios defied repeated attempts to subdue him when they responded to a domestic dispute in November 2005, prompting them to strike him with batons and shock him with Tasers. Rios' family said officers continued stunning him even after he was subdued. He later was pronounced dead at a hospital. The coroner found that Rios died of a heart attack from a combination of the violent struggle, cocaine and the Taser.
August 14, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A former police officer accused of repeatedly jolting a handcuffed man with a Taser before he died was indicted on a manslaughter charge. The Winn Parish grand jury also indicted former Winnfield police officer Scott Nugent on a charge of malfeasance in office stemming from the Jan. 17 death of Baron Pikes, 21. Pikes was shocked nine times with a 50,000-volt Taser as he was arrested on a drug possession warrant, authorities said. Winn Parish Dist. Atty. Chris Nevils said Nugent broke the law when he "unnecessarily" used the Taser on Pikes multiple times and failed to get him medical attention "when it was apparent he needed it."
May 16, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
A man who was reportedly darting in and out of traffic and pounding his fists on the pavement on Venice Boulevard died Monday after being shot twice by police with Taser electric darts. The man, about 25 years old, carried no identification, police said. Lt. William D. Hall, supervisor of the Los Angeles Police Department's officer-involved shotting unit, said the incident occurred just before 4 a.m. on Venice Boulevard west of Crenshaw Boulevard. Informed by a motorist that a man was jumping in front of vehicles and acting in a bizarre fashion, two officers from the Wilshire Division went to the scene and tried to move the man out of the street, police said.
January 8, 1986 | MICHAEL SEILER, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has ruled that police officers acted legally when they used a Taser gun to subdue a man suffering from PCP intoxication who later died, partially because of the electrical shock from the weapon's dart. "The officers' conduct, although possibly contributing to the death . . . was lawful," the district attorney told the Los Angeles Police Commission in a report on the death of Cornelius Garland Smith, 35, in April.
December 1, 2010 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A Coronado, Calif., police officer used excessive force when he shot a Taser dart at a young driver who was stopped for a seat belt violation, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Carl Bryan, then 21, fell to the asphalt after being struck by the dart, breaking four teeth and suffering facial cuts. He later sued the Coronado Police Department and Officer Brian MacPherson. The excessive-force ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals could have consequences for police use-of-force policies across the West, legal experts predicted.
April 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A cow that wandered into traffic near a freeway shopping mall was killed by Spokane County sheriff's deputies who repeatedly stunned it with a Taser. "We're not cowboys. I don't believe we have any rodeo champions on staff," spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said of the deputies' decision to repeatedly "zap" the animal Wednesday after efforts to restrain it failed. The cow was among three that escaped from a field near the Spokane Valley Mall.
May 16, 2009 | Gale Holland
UCLA said Friday that the university would pay $220,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by a student who was repeatedly stunned with a Taser gun by campus police after he refused to show his identification or leave the school library. Mostafa Tabatabainejad, then a 23-year-old senior, was in the library in November 2006 when a security guard -- conducting a routine check to make sure those present after 11 p.m. were authorized to be there -- asked him to provide identification.
January 16, 1986 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
In the first large-scale medical review of effects of the Taser electric stun gun, doctors at Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital say the weapon is impressively safe and may have saved many of the 218 people on whom it was used by Los Angeles Police Department officers. The review included detailed examination of the cases of all 218 people brought to King after they were hit by Taser darts between 1980, when the weapon was first deployed by the LAPD, and late last year.
August 20, 2008 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has banned deputies from using electronic stun guns on restrained suspects unless alternative means of control fail to subdue "overtly assaultive behavior." The policy changes went into effect in April but were not made public until Monday, as newly appointed Sheriff Sandra Hutchens responded to a report by the Orange County Grand Jury that recommended deputies no longer use stun guns if other means of controlling inmates are available. In its annual report, the State of Orange County Jails, the grand jury said the recent deaths of two inmates who had been shocked with Taser guns were "cause of alarm."
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