SC family sues over Taser death

Monday, Aug 20, 2012 9:06 AM
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GREENVILLE, S.C. — The family of a 39-year-old schizophrenic man who died after a Taser struggle with Greenville police officers has sued the city.

The Greenville News reports that the lawsuit accuses officers of using excessive force against Andrew Torres. Chief Terri Wilfong is also accused of failing to supervise her officers.

An attorney for the police department has denied the allegations. A prosecutor cleared three officers involved in Torres’ death.

The officers were trying to take Torres into custody for an involuntary psychiatric commitment in 2010 when authorities say he became violent, was shocked with a Taser and died several hours later. Greenville County Coroner Parks Evans called the death a homicide, saying Torres died because of the physical strain the fight and shock put on his enlarged heart.

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police have to give violent criminals a physical before they can subdue them. Way to go, left-wing aclu.

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