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Bar fight leads to wrongful death of Ohio student

The parents of a student from Ohio's, Miami University, claim their son was killed in 2008 after being wrongfully Tasered by a police officer during homecoming celebrations at a local bar. The family has since sued the City of Oxford, its Police Department and former Police Chief, as well as the officer on call that evening for wrongful death compensation.

The boy's parents claim that their son was put into a cardiac arrest after sustaining an eleven second continuous shock from a 50,000-volt stun gun on April 19, 2008 around 2 a.m. Prior to the Taser incident, the accused officer was called to the scene after reports of an argument or altercation between bar staff and several patrons at the Brick Street Bar. Upon arriving at the scene the officer observed a crowd outside the bar gathering around the argument or altercation. The officer then attempted to assert his presence and defuse the situation.

According to witnesses at the scene, the officer ordered the student to stand down or back away and the boy made a decent attempt to comply before suddenly being struck by the officer's X26 Electronic Control Device in the chest. "According to multiple independent witnesses at the scene, including the parent of a Miami of Ohio college student, the decedent was not a threat to the officers or other bystanders present."

After receiving the shock, the decedent became unresponsive and fell to the ground in need of emergency medical attention. Reports claim that the officers on duty displayed deliberate indifference to his condition and failed to timely provide or arrange for emergency medical care. The family still seeks compensatory and punitive damages for civil rights violations, wrongful death and deliberate indifference.

Source: courthousenews.com, "Parents Claim Cop Tasered Son to Death," Kevin Koeninger, Feb. 14, 2013

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