$3.9m deal for stun gun death

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

THE fam­ily of a black man who died af­ter a police of­fi­cer re­peat­edly shocked him with a stun gun will get $3.9 mil­lion af­ter an ap­peal against the pay­out was dropped.

The US city of Ferguson, Mis­souri, agreed to set­tle for the same amount as ju­rors had awarded Ja­son Moore’s rel­a­tives in Novem­ber.

Mr Moore, 31, was naked and un­armed when he was con­fronted by police in Septem­ber 2011 as he ran down a street yelling “God is good” and “I am Je­sus” at ve­hi­cles.

His fam­ily in­sisted he had been suf­fer­ing from a psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­or­der.

He was re­peat­edly shot with a stun gun by of­fi­cer Brian Kamin­ski, who is white. Mr Kamin­ski, now no longer in the police, was never charged.

Ferguson city of­fi­cials had called the Novem­ber ver­dict “a mis­car­riage of jus­tice” and wor­thy of a new trial.

In the ap­peal, the city’s lawyers in­sisted the of­fi­cer’s ac­tions had been “rea­son­ably nec­es­sary” and that Mr Moore had charged at him.

Lawyers for the fam­ily re­jected that Mr Moore had “charged” and said the of­fi­cer’s ev­i­dence had been con­tra­dicted by a col­league.

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