A federal jury has ordered Taser International Inc. to pay $10 million to the family of a 17-year-old teenager who died after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer struck him with a Taser. The incident happened in March 2008 at a Food Lion store in northeast Charlotte. It appears that the officer violated department policy when he shocked the teenager for about 37 seconds, contributing to his death. The boy fell to the floor during the confrontation and died.
The jury returned its verdict in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The jurors found that the manufacturer knew the product could cause heart problems if it struck near the heart but failed to warn customers, which in this case included the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Without any doubt, police officers have a right to this type information and the manufacturer has a duty to provide it.
Source: Charlotte Observer
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