June 7, 2007

City Settles Taser Death Lawsuit for $395,000

At the June 4, 2007, meeting of the San Leandro City Council, City Attorney Jayne Williams announced that the City agreed to settle a $10 million federal civil rights lawsuit for the death of Maravilla Perez Jr.

On October 20, 2005, police were called to an apartment at 540 Callan Ave. where Perez was allegedly violating a restraining order at his ex-girlfriend's apartment. Perez fled on foot, was caught, and Officer Tim Degrano applied a chokehold and used his Taser on Perez. After he was released from a restraining device at the jail, Perez struggled with police and Officer Mike Nemeth and Sgt. Bob McManus both used their Tasers and Perez became unconscious.

Perez was taken to Eden Medical Center, where he later died. According to an autopsy, Perez suffered a fractured neck and 21 Taser applications.

In the settlement, the City of San Leandro does not admit any wrongdoing in the case.

San Francisco Chronicle and Daily Review coverage.

Additional coverage about problems with Tasers in Wired.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at June 7, 2007 4:01 PM | TrackBack
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