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A Daytona Beach businessman claims that he was doing nothing wrong when he was stunned three times with a Taser after he tried to break up an altercation in a Pizza Parlor. He is suing the Orlando Police Department.

Florida Police Taser InjuryThe alleged victim claims that he was merely breaking up a fight between two women in Panino’s Pizza when an Orlando police officer entered the restaurant. Surveillance video captured outside the restaurant showed the officer pushing the man twice before finally using a stun device on him.

The man claims, and the video apparently confirms, that he was standing in front of the officer with his arms at his sides and his palms up, when he was stunned. He claims that he was merely asking the officer why he had put his hands on him when he had done nothing to deserve that treatment.

He alleges he was stunned two more times while he was being handcuffed.

According to WFTV News, the officer involved in the Taser incident has been sued three times previously on allegations that he used excessive force. Overall, there have been 18 complaints filed against the officer, but he has been cleared of wrongdoing in all of them.
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The Taser injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Florida have learned that a 23-year-old woman, who claims she was stunned twice with a Taser by a Lee County deputy trainee, has filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the trainee was negligent and used excessive force without justification.

The woman says she was outside a Circle K market with a friend when deputies pulled up in a patrol car and asked for their ID’s. The victim claims she cooperated with the demand, but asked for a reason why. While the deputy was checking her ID, the trainee asked to search her.

She refused, and asked the trainee why he wanted to search her. Allegedly, the deputy trainee refused to answer her question and pointed his Taser at her. The woman claims the trainee then inexplicably fired the Taser at her for no reason.
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Seven.

That’s the number of men who have died after being stunned by law enforcement officers in Orange County, FL in the last decade. Debate, both pro and con, on whether using electrical stun devices is moral, necessary, and dangerous rages on among law enforcement agencies and civil rights groups.

Meanwhile, one family is just seeking answers.

On April 22, 2011 a 33-year-old man who had left a midnight showing of “Scream 4” at Universal Studio City Walk in Orlando began to flail his arms and behave strangely, according to witnesses. Universal security and off-duty Orlando police officers who work for the theme park claim they tried to calm the man, but when he became aggressive, one of the off-duty police officers deployed his Taser.

According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigation, after the initial shock, the man continued to resist, and he was shocked three more times to subdue him. One officer on the scene reported that the man still continued to resist, even after being double-handcuffed and having his legs tied together – and “then all of a sudden everything stopped.”
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The Orlando Sentinel reports that on the story of a 33-year-old man who was killed a month ago after an Orlando police officer zapped him with a taser stun gun because they said his behavior was out of control at a movie theater at Universal CityWalk. The man had celebrated his birthday with his family the same day. One of the gifts he received was a new cane to help him walk despite his excruciating back spasms.

His family members say they do not recognize the actions that police reported as resembling Johnson. He was described by police as being “disorderly” grabbing his beard and his head. It took four officers to try and restrain him, but police say Johnson resisted. That’s when they decided to use a taser on him. Johnson became unresponsive and officers used CPR to try and bring him around. He was taken to Dr. P. Phillips Hospital where he was declared dead. The police officers involved are now back on duty. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has opened an investigation into the death of Johnson.
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Stun guns, also referred to as tasers, are frequently used by law enforcement to subdue a suspect by delivering an electrical current to stun the person into submission. The stun gun can deliver up to 50,000 volts of electricity, and causes a person’s muscle tissues to contract. According to Amnesty International, 334 Americans died between 2001 and 2008 after being tased.

So far, research has been inconclusive on the stun gun, but The New York Times reports that now cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco, have conducted a review of 50 studies on tasers. The results of the study depends upon whom you ask. In all, the researchers found 23 of the studies were financed by Taser International, a manufacture of the stun gun, and 27 were written by independent researchers. The report concludes the mixed results on the safety of the stun gun may depend on the author.
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