By DALE LEZON: Houston Chronicle
A mother whose mentally ill son died two years ago after guards at the Harris County Jail shocked him with a Taser has filed a lawsuit against the county, unnamed sheriff's deputies and the stun gun manufacturer.
"There ought to be a better way to (subdue people) than going in and tasering somebody, especially jail inmates," Dutton said.
"We know that Taser technology protects and that medical experts studying Taser devices have concluded that they are among the safer alternatives to subdue violent individuals who could harm law enforcement officers, innocent citizens or themselves compared to traditional use-of-force tools," wrote Steve Tuttle, a Taser spokesman, in an e-mail response to a request for comment. "We stand firm in our belief in the life-saving value of Taser technology and will rigorously and aggressively defend such claims."
Guards used excessive force against him, the lawsuit alleges, when they fired two Taser darts into him and placed the device against his skin to subdue him.