Taser and Stun Gun abuse by police have caused hundreds of deaths and even more serious injuries in the United States. While it is true that tasers and stun guns have helped officers of the law avoid the use of lethal force, they are also extremely dangerous. It is considered abuse when there is no reasonable grounds for use of a taser. If a suspect is properly detained, or not resisting or fleeing, the use of a stun gun could provide grounds for an excessive force complaint.
One important thing to remember is that the reasonableness of the officer’s actions are viewed not with hindsight, but from the perspective of a reasonable officer at the scene of the tasering. Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 396 (1989).
With that being said, police are supposed to be highly trained in handling various situations without the use of force. Often times, police agencies fail to train their officers or provide procedures for correct taser or stun gun use. If the agency’s policies, training, practices, or procedures lead to the unreasonable use of a taser, you could have grounds for a civil rights case. These are the type of things that The Norman Law Firm can research, uncover, and use in court to provide you with the compensation you deserve.