Man tased 19 times and dies, jury finds force not excessive
A Tennessee jury has found that police did not use excessive force in the case of the man who died after being tased a staggering 19 times.
The victim, 21 year old Patrick Lee was tased by police for resisting arrest outside a nightclub. Reports said that he was “acting strangely” and was under the influence of LSD at the time.
According to local reports, Lee’s parents sued the officers, the local Government authority, and Taser International citing wrongful death. The case against the local Government and Taser International were dismissed in 2006.
A lawyer for the officers claimed that they “were doing their best with the tools they were given.”
Experts warn that even being tased once can pose a health risk, and even the manufacturer Taser International states that for a subject in a state known as excited delirium, repeated or prolonged stuns with the Taser can contribute to “significant and potentially fatal health risks.”