$3.9m deal for stun gun death
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.