$269 stun gun verdict to cost Pittsburgh $62K
Robert Rucker says he was complying with police orders when an officer used the stun gun on him in 2006
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh City Council has approved paying $62,000 to cover the attorney fees of a man who won just $269 when a federal court jury found officers were wrong to use a stun gun on him.
The jury delivered that verdict two months ago, saying 29-year-old Robert Rucker of Penn Hills was entitled to reimbursement for his medical bill but not $75,000 or more in other damages he was seeking.
Rucker says he was complying with police orders when an officer used the stun gun on him in 2006. Police suspected he hit his girlfriend with his car, but Rucker says she jumped on it during a fight and fell off.
Tuesday's council vote settles a claim by Rucker's attorneys, who wanted $92,000 in fees for winning the case.