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July 08, 2010
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Judge dismisses federal TASER suit

“Oddly enough,” said the Judge, “this wasn’t his first time behaving in a similar fashion or his first time being Tased.”

By Glenn Smith
The Charleston Post and Courier

A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit against North Charleston police stemming from the 2006 death of a man who was repeatedly jolted with a TASER while high on cocaine.

U.S. District Judge C. Weston Houck granted a defense motion Friday to toss out the suit after finding the mother of the dead man and her attorney had failed to press their case. The judge dismissed the suit without prejudice, meaning it could be refiled at a later date.

The lawsuit stemmed from an October 2006 incident in which Kip Darrell Black, a mentally impaired man, died after police used up to 10 jolts from their TASERs to subdue him.


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