Judge Tosses Lawsuit in Stun Gun Death
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the
city of Jackson over a 2007 stun gun death.
The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/WZyzE7) Patricia Forbes'
2009 lawsuit alleged negligence and excessive force by a Jackson police officer
against her son.
Ellie Turnage, an attorney for Forbes, argued the case should move forward
to examine whether the officer was properly trained in the use of a stun gun and
whether excessive force was used.
But U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate threw out the lawsuit this week,
saying there was no proof that the city had a policy that led to Rafael Forbes'
Forbes had been arrested following a foot chase. Police say the stun gun was
used on him after he resisted arrest.