Supreme Court to Consider Police Use of Tasers | The Day | MICHAEL DOYLE McClatchy Newspapers | 5/5/12

Advanced M26 TASER Stun Pistol - The United St...

Advanced M26 TASER Stun Pistol – The United States military version of commercial TASERs for non-lethal detainment. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington – Malaika Brooks was seven months pregnant when a Seattle police officer stunned her with a Taser. Hawaii resident Jayzel Mattos was at home when she, too, got zapped by police.

Now, the Supreme Court is being asked to consider for the first time police use of Tasers. The Taser cases will be among many considered by the Supreme Court’s nine justices at their May 24 conference. If at least four justices agree, the combined cases will be added to the docket for the upcoming 2012 term.

Taser related verdicts:

  • In 2009, the family of a California man who died after being shocked several times won a $300,000 settlement.
  • In 2010, also in California, a resident was awarded $330,000 after police shocked him in his home.
  • In 2008, Arizona-based Taser International was ordered to pay the family of a California man $6.2 million after he was shocked and went into cardiac arrest re: product liability.

For full article see: The Day – Supreme Court to consider police use of Tasers | News from southeastern Connecticut.


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