Taser used on man for refusing to wear seatbelt

By David Edwards
Thursday, September 4, 2008 13:00 EDT
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WCAX reported:

“A Rutland man is suing the city, saying police used excessive force when they arrested him.”

“Video of the incident was placed on the web site YouTube by 20-year-old George Griffin’s lawyer. Griffin was taken into custody last summer for trying to fight with people on Center Street.”

“After being put into the front seat of the cruiser, Officer Ed Dumas tased Griffin, claiming he refused to put on a seat belt.”

“Rutland City Police say the use of a Taser was justified, because Griffin would not comply with commands. Griffin says he was in handcuffs and the use of a Taser was excessive.”

“The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.”

This video is from WCAX-TV, broadcast September 3, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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