Columbia Man Wins 50K in Police Taser Lawsuit

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A 24-year-old Columbia man has received $50,000 to settle a lawsuit against the city police department and two officers over their stun gun use.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Cadilac Derrick settled his federal civil suit earlier this month. The case was then dismissed from Missouri’s Western District U.S. Court after it went to mediation.

Derrick was pulled over by two Columbia officers in a Feb. 24, 2009 traffic stop. A patrol car dashboard video shows the man being subdued with a Taser after he didn’t immediately respond to a request to leave the car. Derrick’s girlfriend and her 3-year-old child were also in the car.

Criminal charges filed against Derrick for resisting arrest were later dismissed. A police internal affairs investigation found the two officers acted appropriately.

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