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Police Taser Boy to Death in Bay City

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I read a terrible news story about a 15 year old boy who died the other night after Bay City police used a taser device on him.  Taser devices are used as an electroshock weapon to shock targeted subjects, but they have been the subject of controversy for many years.  There are  number of serious Taser reported injuries every year in the United States.

Because police authorities are allowed to use Taser devices, the question becomes was it really necessary in this instance and was used it to such a great extent to cause injuries, or in this case the death of a boy.  Police officers must be mindful of the significant dangers posed by this device and it should be a last resort in only the most dangerous circumstances.  No one would argue with the need of a police officer to protect himself from harm, but too often Tasers are used as a weapon instead of a protective device.

In this case, the boy's family may have a Michigan Wrongful Death Case against the police officer and the Bay City Police Department.  To win this type of case, it would have to be established that the officer used "excessive force" with the Taser or committed an assault and battery on the boy.   The investigation is still continuing and the most important information will probably come from eyewitnesses, rather than from the police accounts themselves.  It is essential that the family start their own investigation immediately, rather than wait on the police to do it for them. 
2 Comments:
Tragic. It seems that a lot of people have been dying from tasers in the past few years.
Posted by Richmond, VA lawyer Wayne O’Bryan on March 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM
Tragic. It seems that a lot of people have been dying from tasers in the past few years.
Posted by Richmond, VA lawyer Wayne O’Bryan on March 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM

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