Family Files Suit against Officers after Student Is Tased
The family of a high school student has filed a lawsuit against an officer and a police department after an officer responded to a fight in the student's school. The fight was between two female students at the school, and school officials broke the fight up before officers arrived. Once the officers arrived at the scene, police say the victim became confrontational with the officers, and officers tased the boy who was not a part of the fight. The boy fell after being tased and hit his head. He has been in a medical induced comma since the tasing. His family has alleged the officer who tased the boy used excessive force, and they are seeking damages. The complaint alleges that many other options are available besides using that weapon, and police should have used one of these less aggressive means. The complaint further alleges police officers who respond to incidents in schools should be trained to deal with students.
Complaints against police officers for using deadly force have become common suits. Plaintiffs alleging excessive force have to overcome the deference given to police in exercising their duties. However, the burden placed on plaintiffs is not insurmountable. Plaintiffs need to show the actions taken by the officers were not in accordance with police standards or practices. It is important to note that police officers can be cleared of any wrongdoing and still be sued in civil courts.
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