The University of Florida student who coined the phrase ”Don’t tase me, bro”, Andrew Meyer, was only tased one time, but, his screams were heard all around the world all thanks to Youtube. As far as most people know, he has not sued over the incident.
How many times do you think the average person has to be tased before he takes off running full force to the closest law firm? Two times? Four times?
What about eleven times? At that point, it would be shocking if the poor guy could even remember his name, but less the fact the he could have a cause of action.
Well, it’s a very good thing that Josue Tapia’s wife was there watching when he allegedly got tased 11 times, because his poor brain was completely fried. After a very long time, he finally remember how to spell the most important word in the whole English language: L-A-W-S-U-I-T.
Here is the background story courtesy of Fox News Chicago:
”When Chicago Police officers arrested the wrong man last year because he had the same name as a wanted man, they Tasered him him several times and beat him without cause, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday.
Josue Tapia claims Chicago Police officer pulled over the vehicle he was driving on May 15, 2010 near West 45th Street and South Hermitage Avenue, according to a suit filed in U.S Distract Court in Chicago.
The officers ran his name through a computer and found an outstanding warrant for ”J. Tapia” the suit said. Even though ”J. Tapia” was 30 pounds heavier, six inches shorter and 12 years older, the officers arrested Tapia, then searched him and his vehicle.
The officers struck and kicked Tapia, and Tasered him 11 times although he did not resist, the suit alleges. ”
Really? 11 times? The Chicago Police Department tased the wrong guy 11 times? These police officers are just a little trigger happy. Now Tapia is suing in federal court, and his lawyers, Blake Horwitz and Dennis Giovannini, say that the excessive use of the taser by the police was tantamount to torture. This is a comment recorded by WTSP 10 News:
”It was a case of just Tasering over and over and over and over again, in a horrific way,” attorney Blake Horwitz said. ‘It literally fried him. It fried his mind. He has a great difficulty remembering what transpired while the electricity was passing through his brain.”
As mentioned earlier, it is such a blessing that Tapia’s wife was there to witness the entire thing, because Tapia can’t remember a thing that happened to him. Oh, and a side note to Tapia’s lawyers, its probably not the best move to go around telling everyone that your client has ”great difficulty” remembering what went down, it’s really not going to help your case.