Woman Sues City For Cops Tasering Her While Handcuffed
A woman who was tasered in the chest after already being handcuffed by police is now filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Nakina Williams is suing the city of McAlester, Okla. for $2 million in damages after the incident last June at Pittsburg County Jail, which was caught on surveillance cameras. Officer Sterling Taylor-Santino and Police Chief Jim Lyles were named as defendants in the suit. Taylor-Santino also pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon; he was suspended for two weeks, but is now back on the force.
The officers claim that Williams spat at them before Taylor-Santino pulled out his taser and shot her in point-blank range. However, one of the main issues is that the cops pulled the taser barbs out of her chest afterwards and caused physical damage. Williams’ lawyer, Jeremy Beaver, said that “they sat her down on a bench and yanked them out. They were embedded in her upper-left breast … they were supposed to take her to the hospital to remove those.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Taylor-Santino did not mention in his “use of force” report that Williams was already handcuffed when he tasered her. Attorney Scott Wood, who is representing the city, said that he acted “within policy” by police department officials because Williams had committed a felony by spitting on an officer. The primary issue for the jury to decide is whether her civil rights were violated in being shocked with the taser.
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