$60,000 – Settlement for High School Student Tased by School Resource Officer
A 14 year old student, defending herself in an altercation with another student, was tased by a Police Officer stationed in the school as a School Resource Officer. The student suffered puncture wounds and was traumatized by the incident. A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court against the Resource Officer and the Police Department. It was alleged that the Resource Officer and Police Department were negligent in allowing the tasering to occur, committed battery, used excessive force, and violated the student’s constitutional rights under the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The Officer and the Police Department denied responsibility; however, the case was settled prior to trial.
Attorneys: Gene Riddle, Tom Loflin, and Jonathan Smith