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Ninth Circuit: Stun Gun Use Excessive In 2 Cases

October 20, 2011  | 

The use of stun guns against two resistive subjects in Seattle and Maui was excessive, a federal appeals court ruled earlier this week. An 11-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the rulings in the two cases on Monday.

In the first case, a Seattle Police officer stunned a pregnant woman in 2004 who was pulled over for driving 12 mph over the 20-mph limit and refused to sign the citation.

In the second case, a Maui Police officer stunned Jayzel Mattos, who fought with officers who attempted to defuse her drunk husband during a domestic disturbance. One of the officers dropped her to the floor with two jolts during the 2006 incident.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Tags: Seattle PD, Domestic Disputes, Less-Lethal Force, Maui PD, Federal Appellate Courts


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David @ 10/26/2011 8:39 AM

The 9th Circuit once again shows how stupid they really are. I can not wait until they are spanked and overturned as they always are by the U.S. Supreme Court. It appears the 9th Circuit will never learn.

nosradna @ 5/7/2012 6:33 PM

Wow, the 9th and the LEFT COAST never cease to amaze me. Since when does the Taser cause permanant injury? I have a better idea 9th circuit. Tell bad guys to do as instructed and they will be spared ALL use of force! When will the 9th circuit realize that the Hug a Thug program does not work? If you fight with police or refuse to comply with our instructions then we have only 1 tool in our bag; pain compliance. We have a right to go home uninjured too.

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