07/22/2010

Parents of drug suspect sue over TASER use

While struggling with cops, the suspect swallowed some cocaine in an attempt to hide it from police

By Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The family of a drug suspect who died after he was shot with a Taser during a confrontation with San Jose police has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the device's manufacturer.

Officers stopped Prince Swayzer III, 38, of San Jose because they believed he was involved in drug trafficking, police have said. Swayzer became combative after being pulled over at North Third and Hensley streets on Sept. 2, 2008, and resisted arrest, police said.

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