You could never shoot an inmate in his cell, right?
Tasers were supposed to offer some solution to the grey-area incidents–the ones where cops arrived on a chaotic scene and their fingers itched because they were worried about their own lives. Well, this prisoner was standing on top of his bunk refusing to cooperate, reminiscent of Iman Morales. This guy’s spine only broke.
Inmate paralyzed in Taser incident sues L.A. County Sheriff’s Department
February 18, 2009
A man left paralyzed below the chest after he fell from the top of a jail bunk bed when an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy used a stun gun on him sued the Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, alleging that his civil rights had been violated.
According to the federal lawsuit, Blake Dupree, 22, said he was standing on his bunk about four to seven feet above the concrete jail floor with his hands raised in a defensive posture when he was stunned with a Taser, which delivers a 50,000-volt shock.
Much of the incident on Feb. 27, 2007, was captured on videotape, according to the suit.
Sheriff’s officials have acknowledged that deputies stunned Dupree when he refused to come out of his cell for electronic fingerprinting.
“The officers involved should have known that deploying the Taser on Mr. Dupree while he was standing on the top bunk would result in a dangerous fall,” said attorney Justin Sanders, who represents Dupree. He said his client “has suffered catastrophic injuries and extraordinary suffering which no amount of money can remedy.”