Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Smallish Settlement for Taser Victim

From the article:

A federal lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after Hollywood police shot him with a Taser has been settled for $6,000. The settlement in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale is a signal that the family of Vincent Del' Ostia has conceded defeat in its wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit. The money will allow the family to get out of the case without winning or losing anything, according to the Del' Ostia's lawyer, Dennis Bailey. . . For [the] police, Friday's agreement validated their solid support for Tasers, stun guns that have sparked controversy across the country.

More than 100 people in the United States and Canada have died shortly after getting zapped by Tasers, but few of the fatalities have been attributed to the stun guns. In the majority of cases, medical examiners have blamed drugs.