Appeals court: TASER use excessive in two cases

The 10-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling


By Ken Kobayashi
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today that throws out a Maui woman's claims that her constitutional rights were violated when police shot her with a Taser, but makes clear that police are restricted in their use of the electronic guns.

The 10-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Jayzel Mattos' constitutional rights may have been violated, but Maui police were immune from her claims because the law on the use of Tasers was unclear at the time.

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