A Texas man's family has sued the manufacturer of a Taser gun used
by Marshall police after, they claimed, he died from too many shocks from
the weapon during an incident in January 2013. Their
wrongful death suit also includes the city, a former police chief and others. According
to the legal action, the man was tased seven times when police responded
to reports of a disturbance at a duplex apartment. Court records show
that the man appeared to be agitated and was completely naked. When he
allegedly acted aggressively toward police, he was hit with the electric
current of the Taser.
The man was actually shocked several times by the weapon, according to
the lawsuit, before being placed into a police cruiser. One officer is
alleged to have made a comment that the man was under the influence of
some kind of intoxicant. Police transported the man to the county jail
facility, but upon arrival, they found him to be non-responsive. He was
ultimately pronounced dead.
The lawsuit against the police alleged that they used excessive force and
inflicted bodily injury through battery. The Taser manufacturer is also
being sued for
product liability related to the assembly and sale of what the action called a "defective
and unreasonably dangerous" product. The company is also being taken
to court for allegedly failing to adequately warn users about the danger
of the shocks to people under the influences of alcohol or drugs.
The accidental death of a loved one, whether through excessive police force or a
fatal car crash, can leave families wondering what to do. The U.S. justice system allows
those close to someone lost in a fatal accident of any kind or due to
a defective or dangerous product to bring suit for damages. Compensation
may be sought for funeral expenses and loss of companionship among other damages.
Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Taser manufacturer sued after manâs death in Marshall", Michelle Keahey, December 17, 2013