$10M Awarded in Teen Taser Death
A North Carolina jury awarded $10 million to the family of a 17-year-old who died of a heart attack after being shocked by a police Taser in 2008. According to reports, the officer shot the Taser gun twice at the victim’s chest and held down the trigger for 37 seconds until he fell to the floor. The teen went into cardiac arrest and died a short while later.
The family filed a wrongful death suit against Taser International, the manufacturer of the Taser, for failing to provide adequate warning/instruction against using the Taser near the heart. The family was awarded $10 million in damages.
Although the police officer who used the Taser on the teen was not charged in the incident, the city of Charlotte paid the family $625,000 in a pre-litigation mediation settlement in 2009.
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