• July 13, 2024

Family sues Georgia police for tasering man 13 times before he died

Taser International's X2 two-shot Taser for law enforcement (AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)
Taser International’s X2 two-shot Taser for law enforcement (AFP Photo / Ethan Miller)

The family of a man who died after police used a stun gun on him as many as 13 times while he was handcuffed has filed a lawsuit against the two former officers of East Point, Georgia, according to the family’s lawyer.

East Point police officers repeatedly stunned Gregory Towns Jr. on April 11 after he was apprehended by police, according to the lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court.

The lawsuit claims former police sergeant Marcus Eberhard and former corporal Howard Weems used excessive force to subdue Towns, who apparently would not sufficiently follow police orders to move after apprehension.

“It’s just heinous,” attorney Chris Stewart told AP. “This isn’t one of those cases where he punched an officer and they had to Taser him to calm him down.”

The officers ordered Towns to get up and walk to a patrol car, but Towns said he was too tired after the run. Officer Weems threatened him with a stun gun if he did not move, according to the lawsuit. Towns got up, but soon fell again, insisting he was tired.

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