A panel of federal judges in Boston has upheld a lower court ruling that a South Portland police officer used excessive force when he shot a man with a Taser stun gun in July 2005. Officer Kevin Gerrish used the Taser while he and another officer were attempting to arrest Stephen Parker for drunken driving. Parker suffered injuries to his shoulder, arm and hand when he fell to the ground and was handcuffed. The incident was recorded by a video camera in Gerrish's cruiser. Parker filed a federal lawsuit, and in October 2007 a jury in U.S. District Court found that Gerrish had violated Parker's constitutional rights. The jury awarded Parker $111,000 plus legal fees.Read the rest of the article in "Officer loses appeal in Taser excessive force case", Portland Press Herald, November 7, 2008. Click here to find out more information about tasers and stun guns.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Maine Policeman Loses Taser Appeal in Court
A South Portland, Maine police officer has lost his appeal in a conviction of excessive force using a taser.