The Associated press is reporting that the city of Moberly will pay millions to the family of a young man tasered to death after he resisted arest by arguing with Moberly police officers. Police had suspected him of driving while intoxicated. Story is here: Moberly to pay $2.4 million in Taser lawsuit settlement.
As I predicted back at the time of the incident–see Missouri man dies after Taser fired during traffic stop–the police tasering was found to be justified. Even though no criminal charges were filed, the city has suspended police use of tasers in addtion to paying the $2.4 million settlement.
Suspect Dead After Moberly Police Use Taser
Moberly Police apparently killed a 23-year-old drunk driving suspect with a taser early this morning during a traffic stop. Police Commander Kevin Palmatory said the young man resisted arrest, so the officer used his Taser twice. The suspect died at the scene.
I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that this homicide will be ruled to be justified because the officer was following departmental rules. Perhaps someone needs to look at those rules again. One of these days, a wise police chief will announce that taser use will be limited to situations that would otherwise justify the use of deadly force. If that were the case, this kid would be alive today.