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Lakewood, WA: (Jan-21-08) William Grider and his wife, Kathy, brought a lawsuit against the municipality, the police department, Chief Larry Saunders, and four officers, after he was jolted with a stun gun and roughed up by police when he rejected medical aid following an epileptic seizure. The suit stated that Grider, 63, had a seizure and passed out at the auto parts store where he worked as a clerk. A police report claimed that Grider would not let the medics check him, resisted when police tried to calm him and told him he had to see a doctor, and continued to resist when they hit him with a couple of 50,000-volt Taser bursts. After Grider was punched in the face, he was handcuffed and taken to the hospital. Sources close to the case stated that the parties had agreed to a settlement to resolve the issue. Under the settlement, the city agreed to pay Grider $90,000. Additionally, a new policy on Taser use in this Tacoma suburb also was mentioned in the settlement. [SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER: TASER MISCONDUCT]

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Published on Jan-23-08


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