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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Family awarded $10 million after police kill son with a Taser



CHARLOTTE (AP) — A federal jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a North Carolina teenager who died after a police officer shocked him with a Taser.
According to court documents, the jury found Taser International at fault in the March 2008 death of 17-year-old Darryl Wayne Turner. The Charlotte teen died of cardiac arrest after an officer fired the Taser twice, holding the trigger for 37 seconds and then for 5.
Turner's family filed the wrongful death lawsuit against the Arizona-based company in March 2010.
Documents show the jury found that Taser International failed to provide adequate warning or instruction about the stun gun to Charlotte police, creating an unreasonably dangerous condition the company should have known about.

The award was first reported Wednesday by the Charlotte Business Journal.


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