NY Man Wins $8.3 Million in Police Stun Gun Verdict

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A Brooklyn federal jury yesterday awarded $8.32 million to a man who said police officers on Long Island repeatedly and wrongfully zapped him with a stun gun, the New York Daily News reports. Shuay’b Greenaway sued Nassau County and the Village of Hempstead, along with six officers, in the 2010 incident. Greenaway was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2002. In 2010, his family called 911 asking for help to convince him to go to the hospital. Greenaway, then 32, hadn’t been taking his medication. The 911 calls never said Greenaway was violent or threatening.

When two officers showed up, Greenaway peacefully said he didn’t want to go to the hospital because he was busy painting his bathroom. He charged that without warning, two Nassau County officers zapped him four times. He said all the officers beat him, pinned him down and dragged him out of the bathroom by his feet and legs. The verdict comes as New York City wrestles with several stun gun-related incidents involving police. Last year, a man died after a New York police sergeant shot him twice with a stun gun in his Bronx home. NYPD has expanded its use of Tasers from 160 in 2006 to more than 1,700. Initially, Tasers were issued only to Emergency Service Unit sergeants, but the expansion now includes precinct and plainclothes sergeants and some officers.

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