Taser Victim sues Orlando Florida Police Department

1428315_f520-thumb-333x249-41119A man who was tasered at Universal Studios last year has sued the City of Orlando alleging that the police used excessive force when they tasered him which caused him to fall and break his jaw. He is seeking $2 million in damages. The man claims that his constitutional rights were violated and that he was falsely imprisoned. He also claims the police department inadequately supervises and trains its officers.

According to reports the following occurred. Universal Studios called in the Orlando Police to have the man removed from their property because he was “uncooperative.” The man was instructed by the police to leave the premises, but refused. The man resisted arrest and refused to put his hands behind his back.

The officer sprayed mace into the man’s face, but that didn’t stop him, so he tasered the man in the back. The man claims he fell forward, struck his face on the cement, broke his jaw, damaged his teeth, and was treated at an Orlando hospital.

The man pleaded no contest in criminal court to the trespassing charge and adjudication was withheld.

Often times in cases like this one, the alleged victim’s account differs from the responding officer’s. Sometimes, the arrest is caught on video through the camera on police car or by a nearby surveillance camera. In view of the fact that this case occurred on the grounds of Universal Studios, I suspect that it was captured on video and that this will resolve any questions as to whether the use of the taser was warranted.

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Settlement in Taser Death Suit

images[3]-thumb-333x446-25213A federal judge in Bay City, Michigan, recently approved a $1 million settlement in the wrongful death suit filed by the family of a Bay City teen filed by his family. The wrongful suit was filed in December 2009, following the death of 15-year-old boy died when Bay City police used a Taser to subdue him.

The autopsy showed the teen died of “alcohol-induced excited delirium” together with “application of an electromuscular disruption device.” Officers claim the teenager was drunk and displayed an aggressive stance toward them when they were responding to reports of a fight. No charges were brought against the officers.

People often assume that since Tasers are less lethal than guns, that they are relatively safe to fire at people. In fact, Tasers have been involved in a number of deaths.

Because of the potential for serious injury and death, Tasers may result in wrongful death cases in the context of a civil rights action against law enforcement or even a civil lawsuit against a private party for assault and battery.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Hollywood, Florida, personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.