Women Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Over Son’s Tasering

Woman files personal injury lawsuit over son's taseringA Syracuse, New York woman recently filed a personal injury lawsuit against the city and two police officers over a Taser shock she claims her son received while trying to break up a fight at his school.

Sheila Weatherspoon, together with the New York Civil Liberties Union, claims that the city, Officer James Stone and Officer James Morris are liable for injuries her son sustained due to the electric stunning, the Post-Standard reports. She claims that the two officers intervened in a fight between two girls, and Stone discharged a Taser, which struck Weatherspoon's son. 

The complaint claims negligence on the part of the officers but also on the part of the city of Syracuse. Police officers are allegedly not given special training before being assigned to schools, and the city allegedly fails to acknowledge the difference between regulating criminal adults and unruly children by allowing and encouraging negligent use of Tasers inside schools as a means of discipline. 

Weatherspoon seeks compensation to be determined when her personal injury lawsuit goes to trial. 

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, at least 148 people in the U.S. and Canada have died since 1999 after being shocked by Tasers.