Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Torture Nation Follow-Up

Back in late November, I shared with you a video of the man in Utah who had been zapped with a Taser for protesting (rather calmly, I might add) a traffic citation.

Word on the street is that he was just awarded a $40,000 settlement, including attorney's fees. The basics:
About two months went by after Jared Massey was tasered by a highway cop in Utah before he turned to YouTube.


Like other YouTube tasings, waves of outrage over excessive force followed — fire the cop, ban Tasers — and the police started an investigation a week and a half later. But the initial results were discouraging for the critics: The cop was cleared of wrongdoing; Mr. Massey paid the speeding ticket that he protested before being shocked twice.

But a civil suit filed after has resulted in a settlement that will more than cover the ticket, and Mr. Massey’s lawyer suggested it covered everything else as well. ‘’They made what we consider to be a very fair offer of a significant amount of money,'’ Bob Sykes told The Associated Press.

To be exact: he was awarded $40,000, including attorney’s fees.

The deal was announced a week after a Utah prosecutor ruled the Mr. Massey did not commit any crimes in the traffic stop, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. His civil case focused on the fact proven in the video — that the officer did not seek to arrest him before drawing and firing the Taser.

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