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    Orlando police sued after man tased at Universal dies



    The parents of a Polk County man who died after being shocked with a Taser at Universal Studios has filed suit against the Orlando Police Department and the officer who shocked him.

    Adam Spencer Johnson, 33, of Winter Haven, died shortly after being shocked three or four times outside a Universal CityWalk theater April 22, 2011, the suit alleges.

    It names the city and Officer Edward J. Michael, who was working off-duty that night as a security guard for Universal, and seeks unspecified damages.

    According to the police department, Johnson was behaving oddly, grabbing his head and beard, so Michael and three other off-duty OPD officers also working security at Universal went into action.

    Police said Johnson became violent, officers and he tussled and that Michael deployed his Taser.

    A department spokesman would not comment, saying the agency does not discuss litigation.

    According to the suit, Johnson had not touched or threatened the officers and posed no threat. They had no legal justification to detain him and acted without provocation, it says.

    After Michael stunned Johnson, leaving him "passive and defenseless," the officer continued to shock him two or three more times, causing his death, the suit alleges.

    It accuses Michael of violating Johnson's constitutional rights and committing a battery against him.

    It accuses the city of negligence for failing to adequately train and supervise Michael on Taser use. It also accuses him and the other officers of failing to monitor Johnson after he was shocked to determine if he needed first aid or medical care.

    Police reported that after the officers handcuffed Johnson and discovered he was unresponsive, they started CPR and called for medical help.

    The suit was filed March 14 in state circuit court in Orange County.

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    Re: Orlando police sued after man tased at Universal dies

    Any death is sad but I'm not clear why the parents have filed a suit against the Orlando Police Department if Officer Michael was off-duty and working for Universal at the time.

    How is that the Police Department's fault?

    I assume there'll be CCTV to prove whether Mr Johnson became violent and was a threat though - and it should show how many times the tazer was used. Three or four times does seem a little excessive under normal circumstances.


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    Perhaps they can sue Orlando PD bc that's where the officers training came from. And by their training, he should have "known better" and used excessive force? Not sure...

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    I hope that family wins the case. Being tasered over and over causing death is a bit much.


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    I guess it depends if that's what actually happened.

    Time will tell - but I agree. IF he was tasered that many times, something is very wrong!


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