Deputy Tried for Excessive Force with Stun Gun
Federal appeals court overrules lower court ruling
Charlotte Jacobs says she watched as officers struggled with her son and then used a taser gun on him.
Updated at 6:00 PM EST on Saturday, Nov 13, 2010
A federal appeals court says a Frederick County sheriff's deputy can be tried for allegedly using excessive force by firing an electronic stun gun at a Frederick man who later died.
The Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled Wednesday that Cpl. Rudolph Torres' appeal of a lower court ruling was flawed.
Among other things, the court found that Torres incorrectly referred to the complaint as a wrongful death claim.
The family of 20-year-old Jarrel Gray is seeking $145 million from Torres, the sheriff's office and the county.
Torres hit Gray twice with a Taser while trying to break up a fight in November 2007. A grand jury found in 2008 that Gray had not obeyed Torres' commands to show his hands. Gray's family says he was trying to comply.
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