Pennsylvania woman files civil rights violation lawsuit after son is victim of excessive forceNovember 1st, 2012 by Gabriel Z. Levin
Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, resident has filed a civil rights violation lawsuit after her son was allegedly killed by two state officers after they used too much force to restrain him last October. A Taser was used to subdue the 36-year-old victim, and the manufacturer or the stun gun was also named as a defendant in the complaint.
According to news outlets, two policemen were called to the house of the victim's girlfriend after he began having a severe and negative reaction to a medication he took for bowel issues.
When authorities arrived at the home, they began taunting the ill man. Although he was somewhat confused about what was going on around him.
''At one point in time, Mr. Hooftallen was forced into a prone position, handcuffed, shackled, shocked repeatedly by a Taser, and asphyxiated by having a knee pressed into his throat and his chest compressed," said the plaintiff's attorney in a statement to JD Supra, a legal news service.
The complaint states that even after going into cardiac arrest from being tasered multiple times, the policemen refused to un-handcuff the man and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation while they waited for the ambulance.
An autopsy that was later performed discovered that the 36-year-old died as a result of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease while he was being shocked and handcuffed.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court and no word has been released as to when the trial will begin.
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