$10 Million Verdict Against Taser International Inc.

A federal jury has ordered Taser International to pay the family of a 17-year old teenager who died after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot a taser at the boy. The officer violated department policy when he shocked the teenager for about 37 seconds contributing to his death. The boy fell to the ground and died. The jury for the Western District of North Carolina found that the manufacturer knew the product could cause heart problems if struck near the heart, but failed to warn customers of the danger. This sad story illustrates the need for proper training of police and other end users of these weapons. The manufacturer has a duty to provide the information in a clear fashion.

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