July 24, 2009
Taser Lawsuit: Jarrell Gray (Frederick County, MD)
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputy Rudy Torres killed Jarrel Gray in November 2007 with his taser. Deputy Sheriff Torres didn't spend any time in jail.
Hopefully, he will spend some time in the poor house after he deals with a $10 million lawsuit filed by Gray's family.
Torres tried to have the case dismissed. The judge told him that the case would go to trial and that it will be up to a jury to determine whether the use of force was appropriate.
Torres has said he shocked Gray twice because he failed to obey his commands after a fistfight. What Torres doesn't say? Jarrel Gray was hearing-impaired.
I anticipate that some of the 24 people killed by tasers in 2009 will eventually be filing lawsuits as well.