A U.S. District Court jury agreed Pittsburgh police wrongfully used a Taser to get a man out of his car, but decided he was entitled to only $269 to cover his medical bill.


 

A U.S. District Court jury agreed Pittsburgh police wrongfully used a Taser to get a man out of his car, but decided he was entitled to only $269 to cover his medical bill.

Twenty-nine-year-old Robert Rucker, of Penn Hills, had been seeking at least $75,000 in punitive damages stemming from the incident in 2006. Rucker sued two years later claiming he was complying with police orders when Officer Neal Marabello used the stun device on him.

The jury on Thursday agreed the officer's use of the device amounted to excessive force, but rejected claims by Rucker who wanted to be compensated because he allegedly developed health problems and lost his job as a result.

Police suspected Rucker had hit his girlfriend with his car, but he claimed she jumped on it during an argument and fell off.


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